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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?

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