Choosing Lea Michele's (Rachel) best song performances on Glee is a near-impossible task. However, choosing her worst performances is even tougher, since there’s always at least something we love about all her songs.
That said, here are five Lea performances that don’t quite get replayed on our iPods as much as her others — and yes, we excluded The Climb, since that was so intentionally bad. And just so you don’t think we’re only drinking the haterade, don’t forget to check out our Top 5 Best Lea Michele Performances on Glee.
5. “Poker Face” (Season 1, Episode 20: “Theatricality”)
This song is performed by Lea and Idina Menzel, so it’s not like it’s horrendous to listen to. Still, there is just something so inappropriate about a newly reunited mother-daughter pair singing this song that makes it tough to enjoy — not to mention that Lea is trying to mimic Gaga in the verses a bit too much. Long story short: You can keep your love glue to yourselves, ladies.
4. “Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag” (Season 2, Episode 7: “The Substitute”)
Don’t shoot us for this choice (as Roxie might do), but this Chicago performance was Awkward City, with tentative vocals and sloppy footwork. Maybe this song just wasn’t in Gwyneth Paltrow’s wheelhouse, which brought Lea down as well — but whatever happened, this version doesn’t measure up to previous ones. At least we had Gwynnie’s gorgeous legs to distract us.
3. “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” (Season 3, Episode 1: “The Purple Piano Project”)
This was a whimsical little ditty — in the vein of, say, Glee’s “Afternoon Delight” performance — and we’re never going to turn down a Hummelberry duet. But that’s also what makes this so disappointing: We get a rare duet from these two stellar voices, and this is the best they can do? We know, we know — we’re sounding more evil than the Wicked Witch herself.
2. “Push It” (Season 1, Episode 2: “Showmance”)
Get up on this? Uh, no thanks — we’re good. Kudos to Rachel for rocking those suspenders with aplomb in this performance — but her vocals proved she was clearly out of her element, despite her enthusiastic effort. According to Rachel’s lyrics, she was “working up a sweat” — but that isn’t always a good thing.
1. “Run Joey Run” (Season 1, Episode 17: “Bad Reputation”)
We’re still not sure what to make of this mess of a tune, with its over-the-top vocals and badly dubbed video. And we love reminiscing about Rachel and Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), so we’re bitter that this song somehow split them up. Okay, so we don’t love that Jesse later threw eggs at Rachel — but we can understand wanting to throw eggs at whomever is responsible for this song performance.