So who did that leave? A battle of the balladeers with Mercedes (Amber Riley), Sunshine (Charice), and Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow) tackling singing divas Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, and Adele, respectively. Though Sunshine (whose return to Glee was so short that we hardly had time to say, “Nice beret!”) moved us with her chill-inducing rendition of “All By Myself,” we weren’t as blown away by Holly’s lackluster, orchestra-backed “Turning Tables.” And with all her (well-intentioned) diva behavior, a lesser gleek may have worried that Mercedes wouldn’t deliver. But it’s Mercedes. And to echo Rachel’s (Lea Michele) sentiments: “The house [was] brought down.”
Relive the magical performances below and tell us what you think!