In tonight’s episode of Glee, the crew practices their assignment of performing a duet, and Artie’s love triangle with Tina and Mike gets more complicated. After the jump, voila your song spoilers for “Duets”, including some big band classics, more tunes from A Chorus Line, and a cover of one of our favorite duets between Elton John and Minnie Mouse. Plus, Mike Chang finally sings! Sort of![wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Dont-Go-Breaking-My-Heart-Glee-Cast-Version.mp3" text="Glee Cast - Don't Go Breaking My Heart" dl="0"]
[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Sing-Glee-Cast-Version.mp3" text="Glee Cast - Sing!" dl="0"]
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[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Lucky-Glee-Cast-Version.mp3" text="Glee Cast - Lucky" dl="0"]
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So why hasn’t Mike Chang been allowed to have his own solo yet? Because, well, he can’t sing, and he reveals his frustrations in the A Chorus Line number “Sing!” Hey, the dude can’t hit a note to save his life, but we’re satisfied that Ryan Murphy has heeded our request to give Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike, some more screen time. (We also sincerely hope he takes off his shirt again like he did a few episodes ago. Hoo boy.)
Lea Michele and Chris Colfer sound pitch perfect on the inspired mash-up of Barbara Streisand’s rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again” and Judy Garland’s “Get Happy”. (She’s a little more grating on her duet with Cory Monteith, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, a song that is incapable of not sounding dated.)
Mercedes busts out her Tina Turner in “River Deep, Mountain High”, a tune we will never refuse to listen to. And Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet (New Directions newbie Sam) may come off as vanilla in their sunny cover of Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s laid back love song “Lucky”, but it’s still a decadent little treat — let’s call it French Vanilla Bean, then.
All in all, this might be the most delightful set of tunes Glee has released that can be enjoyed independently from watching the actors perform them on the show. We’re looking forward to tonight’s “Duets” as much as we’re certain Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn isn’t.