Glee manages to pack an insane number of songs into each episode, which means there will always be a few standouts, along with the inevitable dud or two. We've narrowed the performances from Season 4, Episode 17: “Guilty Pleasures,” down to the very best and the coulda-done-without. Do you agree with our picks?
Best Performance of the Night: “Against All Odds” by Blaine
A lot of this week’s songs had gimmicks and props, and while those were great, too, our winner didn’t need the bells and whistles. Blaine (Darren Criss) blows us away on this one with just his powerful voice and tons of emotion. (Don’t worry, Blaine — we always want to take a look at you.) Glee actors generally record vocals in a studio, then lip synch to the tape for best sound quality. Not this time: Darren Criss sang everything live, while playing piano, too. If you can watch this performance without getting chills, you may be wearing too many layers.
Worst Performance of the Night: “Copacabana” by Sam
Don’t hate us, Fanilows: This performance just didn’t do it for us, as both the vocals and cheesy song choice itself left something to be desired. In fact, this song kinda brought up bad memories of Schue’s Latin-tinged and cringeworthy “A Little Less Conversation.” But we give Sam (Chord Overstreet) credit for gamely shaking his hips — and for still looking good in those ridiculous sleeves.