Let’s be real. We love any chance to watch Blaine (Darren Criss) put on a musical performance. But when the former Warbler organized a mass group production of the Beatles’ classic “All You Need Is Love” in Glee’s September 26 Season 5 premiere as his way of proposing to Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine’s level of perfectness reached a whole other level.
It all went down at Dalton Academy, where Kurt and Blaine first met over two years ago. Blaine greeted his love at the door, then led him inside as choirs of their friends and peers sang the classic love song from all around.
Dancer danced past. Light shone in from the skylight. Hundreds of red rose petals fell from the ceiling. Then Blaine recited a romantic proposal speech, got down on one knee, and asked Kurt to be his husband.
The entire thing was near-flawless. But to be honest, we still don’t think it quite compares to the epic performance that was Blaine’s original Glee debut — his smash hit cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” from back in Glee Season 2.
What made “Teenage Dream” so different is that Blaine sang an acapella version of the song. Glee took a hit everyone loved, made it totally different, and the result was just as good (if not, perhaps, better) than the original.
On top of that, Blaine actually got to be involved in the “Teenage Dream” performance. He led the group in perfectly-choreographed dance, wordlessly solidifying his role as a completely swoon-worthy frontman. During “All You Need Is Love,” he basically just walked around the halls while Kurt was hugging everybody.
And don’t get us started on that crazy goldenrod suit with striped bow tie he wore to the proposal. We love Blaine. He has a beautiful face. But that outfit was whack. We’ll take his ridiculously dapper Warblers uniform over that monstrosity any day.
This isn’t to rag on “All You Need Is Love.” It was a beautiful performance, and a wonderful way to propose. But “Teenage Dream” is the song that made America fall in love with Blaine. It was his breakout moment, and Darren Criss was catapulted into heartthrob status almost instantly.
If you had to choose, which performance did you like best: “Teenage Dream” or “All You Need Is Love”? Head below and cast your vote.