Glee manages to pack an insane number of songs into each episode, and last night’s Season 5 Episode 5: “The End of Twerk” was no exception. We had Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé... some of the biggest names in pop music. We've narrowed down the songs to the very best and the coulda-done-without. Do you agree with our picks?
Best Performance of the Night: “If I Were a Boy” by Unique
Was there really any question as to what the best song of the night would be? Not only does Unique (Alex Newell) have an incredible vocal range — her voice was made for Beyoncé solos — but the McKinley high newbie had us in tears with this heartbreaking, powerful rendition of the Beyoncé hit.
Set to the background of an emotional bullying story, Unique’s version of “If I Were a Boy” made the familiar lyrics take on a whole new meaning. She may be born male, but she’s not just a boy. Even if she wanted to, she never truly could be.
Worst Performance of the Night: “Blurred Lines” by Will and the New Directions
To be honest, we really didn’t understand the New Directions’s “On Our Way” performance, or why they were all suddenly spinning on a giant metal park toy. But even so, our choice for the worst performance of the night has got to be the New D’s version of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Whatever your feelings about twerking, you have to admit that this was NOT a song for Schue (Matthew Morrison) to be a part of. Even if Sue’s “song about date rape” comment was a little extreme, it captured the point. No teacher should perform this song with his students. No teacher should dance like that with his students. Glee’s “Blurred Lines” made us all sorts of uncomfortable. There’s just no way around it.