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'Glee's' Brittany to Take on Britney Spears: Who Else Deserves Their Own Episode?

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 13th 2010 1:30PM
For fans of both 'Glee' and pop culture in general, it was a hot topic of debate: Who would get their own spotlight episode first, media punching bag Britney Spears or Brittany, the glee club's resident air-headed, cheerleading second banana? Now we know the answer -- both.

Yes, don't bother pinching yourself, because this isn't just a dream, it's a dream come true: According to TV Guide, season 2's Britney Spears-themed episode, which we told you about last week, will star none other than Brittany herself, Heather Morris, in the lead role.

Brittany, of course, has quickly emerged as a fan favorite thanks to her antics, such as declaring that "dolphins are just gay sharks," which frequently have heads shaking and tongues wagging around the water cooler the next day. The popularity of the character, which originally was written simply as a background part, seemed to take 'Glee' producers a bit off guard, because while they have been slowly increasing her air time, they have yet to feature her in any of the musical numbers, leading some cynical fans to speculate that perhaps Morris doesn't have the vocal chops to pull it off.
Series creator Ryan Murphy pooh-poohs the idea.

"Heather's actually got a terrific voice," Murphy told TV Guide. And Morris herself doesn't seem nervous at all about the opportunity, stating in typically excited fashion to E! Online that, "I heard there's a Britney Spears episode coming up and fingers crossed that I get to sing, because I play Brittany and I'm like, 'Oh my god, it's insane.'"

Morris will reportedly sing two Spears songs in the episode.

With Brittany now set to get her own spotlight episode, it got us thinking: What other, sadly ignored 'Glee' second-stringers do we want to see featured? And what artists should they be paired with? Here's our list of candidates:

Mike Chang -- Better known to fans of 'Glee' as "the other Asian" thanks to Sue Sylvester's unique worldview, Chang (played by Harry Shum, Jr.) has already shown he has some serious dance moves, cutting a rug like a superstar during performances like 'Dream On.' We'd like to see him get a chance to really show off some moves, though, so how about a Justin Timberlake themed episode? After all, it wouldn't be fair to give Britney the spotlight without providing equal time to her former beau.

Jacob Ben Israel -- With his dandelion corona of luscious hair, Josh Sussman's school newspaper editor is the spitting image of a young Art Garfunkel. So why not play it up by having Israel croon 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' or 'Emily's Song' to his lady love Rachel?

Principal Figgins -- Poor Principal Figgins (the always excellent Iqbal Theba) always seems caught between a rock and a hard place as he tries to mediate between Sue and Will. That kind of stress can surely give a man the blues, so what better artist for Figgins to relate to than Bill Withers? We're guessing Figgins can relate to the lyrics of "Use Me" more than any of the many 'American idol' contestants who have sung it over the years.

Matt Rutherford -- Just as Mike Chang is the 'other Asian," Matt Rutherford is "the other football player." We're tempted to go ironic here and give actor Dijon Talton an unexpected love for The Jonas Brothers, but to be honest, he seems more like a hip-hop guy to us. So how about a Jay-Z episode? After all, 'Glee' already turned in a rousing rendition of Beyonce's "Single Ladies," so why not make it a couples thing?

Santana Lopez -- This is probably the biggest no-brainer of all. Ever wonder where Naya Rivera's villainous cheerleader got her name from? Why, she must have been named for legendary guitar maestro Carlos Santana, right? We think renditions of 'Smooth' and 'Black Magic Woman' would be the perfect foundation of a Santana theme show.

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Dino Summer

I'd like to see a duet remake from the song "Enough Is Enough" Top hit from Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer !

July 30 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One artist that I believe deserves to have an episode on Glee is my favorite singer in the world: Donna Summer. She has enough music in catalogue for the Glee cast to build a storyline or two around. Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, Crayons, Fame (The Game), Stamp Your Feet, Mr. Music, I Feel Love, and many other Donna Summer songs would be great. Even a disco themed show would be great with the Queen Of Disco herself on it. Now, don't get me wrong, Donna Summer is MORE than disco or dance music, but hey, if it's disco, she's the Queen. Queen Of Music in my book. Glee would do well to honor her.

July 14 2010 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frank B

Would LOVE to see a music filled episode of Donna Summer music!! There's even a Facebook page for it!

July 14 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frank B

Would LOVE to see a Donna Summer music filled episode!! There's even a Facebook page about it!!


July 14 2010 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

Scott Harris, the musical celebrity themed episode
of Glee I'd love to see would be one either based
around, guest starring, or possibly both, including
a cameo role near the end of it. Mary J. Blige.
I've been following her career on TV for 20 years,
and her singing vocal range blew me away on her
debut CD, "What's The 411?". Eversince that time,
and even now, Mary J. Blige is still making music,
doing lots of charity work, and winning tons of
awards, changing millions of lives, forever more.
There is NO other musical celebrity I'd rather see
on Glee, who can turn this show's ratings completely
upside down with just a single performance, than
Mary J. Blige. FOX, I beg you, PLEASE, make it happen!

July 13 2010 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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