By Nickie Wang
Maybe you were the ugly duckling or the goofy kid who was always teased in school, or the smart nerd who always sat in the back of the class. Regardless of whom you were during high school days, a part of you can easily relate to any of the characters in cable TV’s most beloved musical comedy series, Glee.
After some few months in hiatus, your favorite misses and misters imperfect are back in the klieg lights ready to perform mush-ups, which are often better or more entertaining than the original version. The quirky series and its engaging story line is set to fire up evening viewing with guest artists line up to offer their service including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Olivia Newton John.
The season 2 of the Golden Globe Award winning program is indeed a much-awaited comeback as everyone in New Directions (Schuester’s Glee Club) is preparing for the regional competition against their main opponent, Vocal Adrenaline.
Other tidbits to look forward to, Kurt (Chris Colfer) finds a boyfriend while Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) relationship takes some rocky turns: Rachel starts dating the star of Vocal Adrenaline’s Jesse St. James. Meanwhile, Sue (Jane Lynch) will have Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) to try seducing Finn.
We will also get to see how Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) handle their relationship in the aftermath of Will’s divorce and with both admitting openly their feelings for each other.
April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) will return hopefully with a successful story about her time on Broadway. As mentioned, Olivia Newton-John will make a guest appearance this season to join Sue in a musical number.
The pilot episode of the new season, which was aired via satellite in the Philippines on the same day it piloted in the United States, was watched by more than 3 million viewers.
Because of its popularity and audience appreciation of mush-ups performed on the program, in 2009 two CDs and an EP (extended play) were released. These records have scored more than 40 singles, 25 of which landed on the US billboard charts (Billboard Hot 100) , the most by any artist since the Beatles had 31 songs in the chart in 1964.
No wonder even local artists like Nikki Gil and Sam Milby submitted their respective audition video to be part of the top-rating program. Nikki and Sam aim to land in two of the three slots that the series needs to fill in (talk about international exposure).
To catch Glee’s exciting all new episodes, follow the series every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Jack TV and Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ETC.
A gleeful invitation
If you and your friends love music and spend hours on end singing your hearts out, then ETC and Jack TV welcome you to join The Great Glee Sing Off. Form a group of 8 to12 members (members should be aged 15 to 21) and upload a video of your group singing “Don’t Stop Believing” (the Glee soundtrack) to http://www.etc.com.ph or http://www.jacktv.com.ph.
From among the online entries, organizers will choose 20 participants to join the sectional finals where they will be asked to sing another Glee soundtrack in front of the representative of Solar Entertainment. The top ten then will move on to the regional finals where they will perform a mush-up before a live audience and The Great Glee Sing Off judges: Joshua Zamora (Maneuvers); Michael Williams (Theater Down South Company); a member of The Company; and a Solar Entertainment representative.
The final cut will result with the top five making it through the finals. The top winner will receive a cash prize of P50,000.