Tuesday’s episode of “Glee” can best be described by the word “sensational,” and we can also thankfully say so about the songs.
As per usual, here are the performances that aired Tuesday night — and only one was a dud.
Amber Riley, “Spotlight” – Easily the best performance ever by Amber Riley on the show, and so far the best performance of the season. There was something so contemporary about seeing Riley tackle a song by Jennifer Hudson, and this worked ultimately on some many levels — vocally, emotionally, and as a key party of the plot. Grade: A+
Heather Morris, “Run the World (Girls)” – By the same token, this was probably the worst performance of the season. While Brittany’s “girl power” sentiment was felt, so much of this felt slightly out of character for her. Not only that, but the vocals weren’t exactly clear. There are a number of performances from the show that we listen to multiple times, but once was enough here. The only redeeming quality was the visual presentation on the flash mob. Grade: D
Harry Shum Jr., “Cool” – We all know that Shum does not have the best voice of the guys on the show, but he made up for it here in what may ultimately become an iconic performance for him. He did a solid job vocally, but more importantly his acting was spot on as we felt why he wanted to audition for “West Side Story” in the first place. Grade: B+
The whole cast, “It’s All Over” – Is this really a performance? No matter what it was, this was pretty stellar and yet another sign that “Asian F” may be one of the most refreshing episodes the show has had in almost a full year. It’s not something we’d ever download, but it works for the show. Grade: A
Amber Riley and Lea Michele, “Out Here on My Own” – Another great performance — though we really just have to say that after “Spotlight,” it’s hard to really find an equal to it. Grade: B+
Matthew Morrison, “Fix You” – What a way to close off the broadcast. After an emotional episode where Will made the poor decision to try and get to know Emma’s family a bit premature, this was a powerful way to close this off. The only way it would have been better is if we haven’t heard “Fix You” a thousand times before on TV. Grade: A-
What were your favorite songs this week?