‘Glee’ is a musical show with lots of covers. To be honest with you, I think that most of them were quite boring. When I listen to a cover of a song, I expect it to be different from the original. Of course, many people will say that the original is the best, but if you are making a cover, you should make it a bit especial. But this doesn’t happen on ‘Glee’. The songs are just the same as the original (with some exceptions), with the same musical base and only a different voice. The cast of ‘Glee’ is very talented, and it’s great to hear their voices, don’t get me wrong, but as a fan of musicals, I expected something more original or innovative.
Anyway, some of the covers were really good. If ‘Glee’ is popular for something, is for the Mash-Ups. It’s a combination of two songs that not necessary have any kind of connection. I think that’s a great idea because it gives a kind of fresh air to the song and it’s a different interpretation.
There are lots of Mash-Ups on ‘Glee’ in six seasons. Probably the creators of the show knew that they were popular and that people like them, that’s why they were preparing more and more. Especially on the competitions, the New Directions used to perform some of the most popular Mash-Ups. Here there are a few of my favourites. I’m sure I’m missing lots, don’t hate me for that:
HALO / WALKING ON SUNSHINE
Just at the beginning of the show, the girls of the Glee Club performed this Mash-Up. I like the way they did, wearing a yellow dress, very simple and cute. It’s a nice choreography, and I think that the choice of two popular songs is great. They are easily recognisable because ‘Halo’ from Beyoncé is very famous and ‘Walking On Sunshine’ by Katrina & The Waves too. Both songs are positive and catchy.
RUMOUR HAS IT / SOMEONE LIKE YOU
The Troubletones, a subgroup of the New Directions in Season 3, perform a Mash-Up with two of the most popular songs by the British singer Adele. I think that this performance is great because, first of all, Adele is really good, so her songs are amazing, full of emotions, so dramatic and moving. And in second hand, I think that it was a great choice on the story. Santana is being bullied for being lesbian, so these songs can express very well her feelings. Also, is very well performed, with a nice choreography, simple and functional.
Santana is also a great character on the show. She is strong, a cheerleader, but you can discover that she has a good heart and good intentions too. But probably the most enjoyable part of her is watching her being just rude. Naya Rivera is also a very talented girl, with a great voice too as you can see her singing this Mash-Up. During the show, she also has some memorable solos. But in this scene, you realise that Santana looks so secure of herself and strong all the time, but she is also feeling so much pain for being discriminated and bullied. So this Mash-Up could be considered a song for respect and tolerance.
SURVIVOR / I WILL SURVIVE
This is one of my favourites Mash-Up too, performed by The Troubletones again in Season 3. That’s her last performance, because they lost on the Sectionals. But the members of the group went back to the New Directions. I think that this Mash-Up is really good because they mix two popular songs, recognisable by most of the audience.
‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor is a gay anthem and ‘Survivor’ is a famous song by Destiny’s Child, the first Beyoncé’s band. The Mash-Up is basically the first song with some of the chorus of ‘Survivor’. I like the performance, all the girls dressed in a grey shinny dress with a simple choreography but very visual.
Of course they didn’t win because New Directions had to, but they did a good performance too.
LIVING ON A PRAYER / START ME UP
On the second season, the girls from the New Directions perform another Mash-Up. In this case, a rock song, full of energy and power. The songs chosen are classics, by Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones. The performance is great, with the songs chosen, dressed with leather jackets, curly hair and boots. It’s just fantastic and worth to watch it.
FLY / I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
My last Mash-Up, basically because I would feel bad if I only show you Mash-Up performed by girls. In this case, it’s performed by the whole New Directions in the Regionals, in Season 3. The original songs are from Nicki Minaj and and R. Kelly.
I think that what I enjoy the most of this performance is the choreography, because the guys go up and down the stairs all the time. It’s a beautiful effect, with the smoke on the ground that looks very good.
Is there any other Mash-Up you remember?