Note: On Halloween 2013 — Thursday, October 31 — Fox re-aired Glee's Cory Monteith tribute: "The Quarterback." Below are our picks for the best and worst performances of the episode, which originally aired on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Glee manages to pack an insane number of songs into each episode, and October 10’s Season 5, Episode 3: “The Quarterback” was no different. Each of the six performances had us on the verge of tears, though in the end, a few did stand out more than others. Here are our thoughts on the best and worst of Glee’s Cory Monteith (Finn) tribute. Do you agree with our picks?
Best Performance of the Night: “Make You Feel My Love” by Rachel
Any number of this week’s performances could be named the best, but there’s no way to not choose Rachel’s (Lea Michele) incredible “Make You Feel My Love.” This may go down as one of Lea’s finest performances in the show’s history, and the fact that she performed so flawlessly given the circumstances is astonishing.
Not that anyone could forget, but Lea’s real-life love, Cory, had passed away only a month before Lea recorded this song. Indeed, Lea’s voice has never sounded more emotional or moving. Finchel forever.
Worst Performance of the Night: “No Surrender” by Puck
Each performance was so heartfelt this week that it’s nearly impossibly to fill this slot. But ultimately, “No Surrender” and “Fire and Rain” didn’t quite stand out for us as much as the others. We’re putting “Fire and Rain” slightly higher because of those stellar harmonies. “No Surrender,” though powerful, was a simple, no-frills choir room performance. It just didn’t stand out quite as much as the others. Still, Mark Salling (Puck) gave a raw and beautiful performance that he should be proud of.