Last week’s episode of Glee, “Hold On To Sixteen,” featured seven tracks, which included the return of both Chord Overstreet (Sam) and The Glee Project’s Lindsay Pearce (Harmony).
Let’s be real. Overstreet’s returning song on Glee should have been Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.” Am I right? I’m kidding ... kind of. Of all the songs for Overstreet to sing upon his return to the show, Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” was not an option that I was anticipating. But with Glee, as always, expect the unexpected. Unfortunately, this track really felt out of place amongst the rest of the episode’s songs.
I thought that Pearce did an amazing job on “Buenos Aires” from Evita. Man, this girl can sing. She exudes so much energy and personality when she sings, you can’t help to be drawn in. I know she was originally only allotted two episodes per The Glee Project, but from what we’ve gotten to hear from her this season, it would behoove them to figure out how to keep her character relevant. I can’t possibly be the only person that wants to hear Pearce on more than the two fantastic tracks she’s contributed to this season.
Naya Rivera (Santana) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) take the lead on the Troubletones' Sectionals performance, a mash-up of Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Now, there’s no denying that either of these ladies can sing, but the arrangement of this mash-up leaves much to be desired. Glee used the same strategy as the Adele “Rumour Has It”/“Someone Like You” mash-up, where the base song in this case was “I Will Survive” with some of “Survivor” threaded throughout. It’s still a decent listen, but for me, it just lacked the spark that the Adele track had lit. Maybe with different songs and a variation on the arrangement, the Troubletones’ latest mash-up could have been as good as their last one.