Credit: Beth Dubber/FOX Photo: Kurt Enjoys a Moment in the Spotlight in Season 2, Episode 21: "Funeral"

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 “Funeral” down to the very best and the not-so-great. After all, not every Glee cover can be a bestseller on iTunes!

Best Performance of the Night: “Try a Little Tenderness” by Mercedes (Amber Riley)

Sure, Rachel’s “My Man” was mighty impressive, but the person who most stepped it up this week was Mercedes, delivering one of her most exciting and passionate performances yet. Heck, even though Jesse (Jonathan Groff) criticizes her performance, we still see him mouth “wow” to Schue (Matt Morrison) as she hits that stellar chorus — so he couldn’t have been that bored by her. Did Mercedes deserve the tongue-lashing she ultimately received from Jesse? Hell to the no!

Worst Performance of the Night: “Some People” by Kurt (Chris Colfer)

There weren’t really any “bad” performances this week, since everyone brought their A-games to nab that Nationals solo. But the performance that stirred us the least this week was Kurt’s. As Jesse so rudely pointed out, the song’s been done by some of theater’s greats, so it’s hard to measure up to the likes of Patti Lupone, who really nails those high notes.

We’re dying to see Kurt try more songs that are outside of his comfort zone, like when he sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand” earlier in Season 2. Not to nitpick, but this was his second song from Gypsy, and it wasn’t nearly as memorable as his version of “Rose’s Turn” last season. (Don’t hate us, Kurt fans! We’re sure he’ll blow us away again soon.)

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