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Glee’s Michael Jackson Ep: Will Artie Ditch His Wheelchair ― and Dance?

Prepare to be even more excited for what is sure to become a CLASSIC in the Glee catalog, folks ― Glee's resident MJ fanatic Kevin McHale (Artie) is drivin' us wild with some fantastic teases for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute ep! The gifts just keep on comin'...

Where to even begin?!

For starters, there's a huge group dance number to "Wanna Be Startin' Something" ― led by Blaine (Darren Criss) ― that sees the cast dressed up in different famous MJ outfits. Artie is in the "Thriller" jacket while Brittany (Heather Morris) is donning the "Bad" outfit with "all the crazy belts around her," Kevin says. (Someone please tell us the piano keys tee from "Beat It" will be there?!)

Kevin says the experience of suiting up in the famous garb was "just incredible," adding, "It was like everybody liked somebody else's more than their own. We had no idea what everybody was going to wear until we got to set and were like, 'Oh my god! Look at yours!' We were all just freaking out."

Jealous much, readers? Sooo are we!

Credit: Adam Rose/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.    

As one of the show's bigger MJ fans ― but seriously, we imagine the entire cast is comprised of pretty big fans, he's the King of freakin' POP after all, right? ― Kevin said there's one song in particular that wasn't on his wish list for the ep, but quickly wormed its way into his heart.

"'Black or White' is definitely one that I was happy to do. Harry and I actually threw a few song ideas out there toward Ryan [Murphy] and the writers, and 'Black or White' wasn't one of them, so I'm so happy that they kind of didn't listen to us there and added that one."

Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX © 2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.    

One that was on the list was Artie and Mike’s (Harry Shum Jr.) duet on "Scream," which will see Mike releasing some pent-up aggression (yay!), and Artie... walking?! "Maybe... I don't know!" Kevin says of the rumor. "It would be really awesome if he did, but regardless, I'm just really excited to do a whole dance number with Harry, whether it's in or out of the chair."

Hey, if Mr. Schue can walk on water... anything is possible in Glee-land, right?!

And Kevin’s favorite numbers from the episode? Those that see the cast recreating the MJ originals! “There are two numbers where we pay direct homage to the original videos, and those are my two favorites. One of those is mine and Harry's, so you definitely need to watch out for that one... just because I'm in it. It's really surreal getting to reenact some of those videos.”

Hmm... One of those reenactments we know is the New Direction v. the Warblers rumble in the parking garage for “Bad” (omg, awesome!), and the other... is either an as-of-yet un-teased other Artie/Mike collab, or it’s about to get uhh-mazing up in here as the two show us their Jackson sibling dancin’ skillz recreating the awesomeness of the “Scream” video...

Source: Huffington Post

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01.31.2012 / 10:30 PM EDT by Ashley Graham
Related: Glee, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Artie Abrams, Mike Chang

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