Now, you all know my feelings on the amazingness that is Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Well, last week on Glee they did a tribute to Saturday Night Fever, unfortunately titled “Saturday Night Glee-ver,” that really worked for a lot of reasons. First of all, the songs were good. And not just the originals, which are obviously AMAZING, but the songs kind of lend themselves to cover because in my mind they’re less about the vocalist than the feeling of the song. Also, in Glee’s favour was a fantastic storyline introducing us to the above cross dressing diva sensation UNIQUE. It’s not clear yet whether Unique is transgender, a drag queen or one of the many other options we are happy to accept in the alphabet community, but of one thing we are certain, SHE IS SICKENING.
In introducing herself to Kurt and Mercedes, in dream sequence, Unique struts forth with the following:
“Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones,
Unique worships the red carpet you walk on.
If you two had a love child… it would be Unique!
And Unique’s grandparents would be Andre Leon Talley and Beyonce,
because only the best will do for Unique!”
Unique is perfection. We need to see more of her.
This week’s Glee was a Whitney tribute that was significantly less successful than the Saturday Fever episode. First, too many tributes so close together can get a bit much. Second, there was no Unique. More importantly – yes, even that Unique(!) – was the fact that covering Whitney – even if it’s covering Whitney covering Dolly – is almost always a mistake. Whitney songs are all about the vocals of Whitney and being frank there are few people who can live up to that. The only song that was really a success was – one of my favourite Whitney songs – How Will I Know, which they smartly changed into a bit of a slowy. It was a gospel choir short of an A.
The rest of Whitney’s back catalogue was performed almost exclusively as straight covers and was frankly a mess. I DON’T NEED TO HEAR THAT! Particularly the woeful cover of It’s Not Right But It’s Okay, which was neither right or okay. Not your best week Glee. Such is life I suppose.
As a bit of a side note my old roommate Fallon was at work one day – she works at coffee shop – and one of her co-workers asked her if she watched Glee to which she replied: “I used to watch it but then it got really bad.”
To which her co-worker intoned: “Oh, because there’s [star of Glee] Cory Monteith” who was literally directly behind Fallon as she mocked the show to which he had hitched his rising star.
Cue embarrassed silence from Fallon.