Despite earlier reports, Lea Michele (Rachel) did not end up attending the 2013 Emmy Awards — but the Glee actress was very much on our minds when her co-star Jane Lynch (Sue) took the stage during the September 22 broadcast to pay tribute to the late Cory Monteith (Finn), who passed away suddenly this July.
Later during the Emmys, country music beauty Carrie Underwood took the stage to perform a moving rendition of The Beatles’ “Yesterday” as a tribute to the years of 1963 and 1964, honoring their contributions to television and pop culture — including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s March to Washington, the Beatles’ U.S. debut performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.
In an interesting coincidence, Lea is also set to perform The Beatles’ “Yesterday” in less than a week. Her Glee character will sing the mournful song during the show’s September 26 Season 5 premiere: “Love, Love, Love.” We’ve already heard the first-listen audio of the performance, and we have to say, Lea knocks it out of the park! Her vocals are strong, powerful, and full of emotion. On top of that, the Glee star lost the love of her life just weeks before she recording this emotional tune. There’s no doubt that thoughts of Cory were flooding her mind as she sang each word.
Carrie, too, gives an emotional performance, but something about it just doesn’t hit quite as hard. Maybe it’s just that the audio of a live performance comes off a bit harsher and less finished. But Carrie’s voice just doesn’t seem to capture the range of feelings that Lea’s did.
Take a listen to both performances, then head below and let us know what you think. Did Lea blow Carrie out of the water, or do you think that the All-American beauty’s Emmys performance was the better of the two? It’s time for you to sound off.