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 “New York” 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: “For Good” by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer)
Sunshine was great this week — per usual — and New Directions’ original songs are fun, but this slot belongs to Rachel and Kurt. It’s hard to compete with a real Broadway showstopper: Rachel and Kurt sound amazing together — as they did on “Defying Gravity” — the set is awe-inspiring, and if you aren’t in tears by the time Kurt reaches out for Rachel’s hand, then you’re not our friend anymore. (Just kidding! Sorta.)
Worst Performance of the Night: “I Love New York / New York, New York” by New Directions
Schue’s power ballad, “Still Got Tonight,” was cheesier than a stuffed-crust pizza, but at least it was catchy and passionate. This chaotic mashup was neither of those things. To borrow from New York City-housing parlance, it was certainly no Tribeca loft, although it was perhaps a step up from sleeping in Central Park.
Why even use one of the most recognizable Broadway show tunes if you’re going to bury it under a bland dance beat and render the lyrics rushed and borderline indecipherable? This song — with its aggressive lines about “dorks” and “little wussies” — won’t be used by the New York Tourism Board anytime soon.
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