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Santana Loves Paula Abdul! Namedrops and Pop Culture References From Glee’s Season 3 Premiere

Namedrops abound on Glee. More often than not, a famous person's name is used as an insult to take someone down a peg or two — and that's something we totally support! To help you keep it all straight, we've compiled a list of the names and pop culture references deemed important enough to be dropped by Glee characters in “The Purple Piano Project.” Did you catch them all?

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Mike: My mom still hasn’t decided if I’m going to Harvard or Stanford.

Kurt: [about living in NYC] Think Bette and Barbara Hershey in Beaches, pre-cardiomyopathy.

Rachel: I’ll originate a role in a new Sondheim musical.

Rachel: Broadway, Lincoln Center, West End, a tasteful HBO miniseries.

Jacob: [to Mercedes] Twitter says you’re officially dating Sam Evans, a.k.a. Trouty Mouth, a.k.a. Hobo McBieber.

Marcus: [to Mercedes] When you graduate and win that first Grammy, we’re gonna make beautiful cocoa babies.

Santana: Senior year’s all about being the Cheerios’ top ho, and modeling my fierceness after my numero uno Latina, Paula Abdul.

Rachel: [to Will] I’m really sorry that the guy who replaced you in April Rhodes’s musical won the Tony.

Lauren: [to Puck] Don’t be sad — we’ll always have Subway.

Rachel: Kurt and I will be auditioning for Juilliard, the nation’s premiere performing arts school.

Emma: Kent State has a wonderful musical theatre program, and a macabre backstory.

Emma: U.S. News & World Report ranked them the number one school in the nation for musical theatre.

Emma: This year, the nation’s top talent will be rubbing elbows at the Dayton Doubletree on Thursday night.

Sue: [to Tina] You have no right to disturb the learning environment of this school by playing your jangly national anthem on Liberace’s piano.

Kurt: One final sales pitch, and then we can talk about making-over Nancy Grace.

Quinn: I’m not sure what the tipping point was: Dyeing my hair, the noise ring, my ironic tattoo of Ryan Seacrest.

Santana: [to Quinn] You can’t break up the Unholy Trinity.

Rachel: Who doesn’t love The Go-Go’s?
Sheila: I prefer The Bangles.

Will: Kids in the arts record the lowest incidence of substance abuse.
Sue: Tell that to Janis Joplin.

Beiste: [about Sue] Maybe I should rough her up a little bit — go all Deliverance on her or something, huh?

Rachel: It all seems so hopelessly provincial now — I mean, once you’ve performed at the Gershwin Theatre and felt the lights of Broadway on your face for the first time...

Kurt: Whatever rejects show up at that mixer are gonna be expecting Pepperidge Farm cookies and punch, not Velma and Roxie.

Rachel: Wicked, again?

Sue: [to Emma and Schue] Well, well, well, Wavy Gravy, Dr. Zaius — to what do I owe this pleasure?

Will: John F. Kennedy once said, “The arts are the roots of our culture.”

Kurt: [to Blaine] Shouldn’t you be at a Warbler practice, putting the fine-tuning touches on a new Katy Perry showstopper?

Kurt: Like you know on The Bachelorette when we watched it together...

Gavroche: I’m Gavroche, named after ze feisty French street urchin from Les Mis.

Harmony: I know you totally recognize me — it’s because I’m the Gerber baby. I’ve been acting since I was a fetus — literally. An ultrasound of me was featured on Murder, She Wrote.

Gavroche: I’m starring as Rizzo in an all-male version of Grease.

Rachel: [to Kurt] We just have to move to another town and just erase our identities and resign to a sad life of community theatre — Nunsense, Love Letters, The Vagina Monologues.

Kurt: [to Rachel] You’ve never been in a high school production — or any production, since Cabaret was canceled, and so was Rocky Horror.

Sue: [to Schue] A day after your little video went up on YouTube, I went up seven points in the polls.

Rachel: After pushing the envelope last year, I strongly believe that we should secure the rights to a, shall we say, less controversial show for our school musical: wait for it... West Side Story.

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09.24.2011 / 02:04 AM EDT by Ryan Gajewski
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