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Glee Season 4: Did Blaine Ruin “Teenage Dream” With His Cheating-Marred “Break-Up” Version?

So... thanks, Blaine (Darren Criss). Not only are you a cheater, but you also managed to take one of Glee’s most beautiful, romantic, and hope-inspiring songs — and turn it into a weepy ballad sung by a guilt-ridden boyfriend trying to make amends for past wrongs.

It’s really upsetting that this is the way Glee’s newest version of “Teenage Dream” had to turn out, especially since we were so madly in love with the song when Glee’s first preview of the audio came out last week.

Darren Criss has been singing beautiful, acoustic-style arrangements of the song at his own personal concerts ever since the Glee tune first debuted back in the fall of 2010. And we love it. (Also, we love him. Did you read the emotional love letter to fans he posted on Facebook Thursday night? The man is amazing.)

Getting the chance to hear Blaine sing a Darren-style musical arrangement of “Teenage Dream” on Glee felt like a dream come true — until we realized the context the song was coming from.

Using one of Glee’s most beloved songs, a song that brought together one of Glee’s most beloved couples, to illustrate the total and utter destruction of their now cheating-scarred relationship? Our hearts are breaking!

What did you think of the performance? Do you think Blaine just ruined one the pure, blissful magic that used to be “Teenage Dream,” or is jumping to that conclusion perhaps a bit overdramatic? Head below and sound off.

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10.8.2012 / 05:30 PM EDT by Beth Douglass
Related: Glee, Darren Criss, Music, Blaine Anderson

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