Finn (Cory Monteith) has had his fair share of challenges since taking over the Glee club in Mr. Shu’s (Matthew Morrison) absence. Last weekend on “Naked,” he had to figure out a way to raise money to get the kids to regionals.
With the success of the Men of McKinley calendar (I’m still waiting for my copy), Finn was faced with the challenge of getting the New Directions to feel inspired. What better way to bring out the competitive spirit than to assign a “diva” week?
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode “Diva.”
With the assistance of Miss Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), Finn explains that being a diva is about more than the usual negative connotations. Being a diva can be about about finding your inner powerhouse. Unfortunately, we’ve seen our fair share of diva-like behavior over the years at McKinley High and it hasn’t been the positive kind.
Case in point? Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer). While the two have definitely toned it down as they’ve grown up, Rachel wasn’t completely able to curb her narcissistic persona with all the attention she’s been receiving at NYADA. So much so that she’s even been treating Kurt like her assistant!
It’s a good thing that Kurt had the cajones to confront Rachel when she got like that or she would’ve become totally insufferable. Kurt challenged Rachel to a sing-off at Midnight Madness, which kind of reminded me of the riff-off in Pitch Perfect. Real talk, did anyone truly think that Kurt wasn’t going to win the competition to prove his point that Rachel needed to take it down a peg?
Aside from their Les Miserables duet, I dug the fact that Rachel still stood up for Kurt in the beginning against those bitchy guys. Even better was that just because Kurt won he didn’t sell out and become friends with those pretentious guys after they trash-talked him. Kurt won the competition and still treated Rachel with grace and kindness. Rachel, on the other hand, was a sore loser who was going to give up on auditioning for her favorite musical of all time Funny Girl!
Rachel has to play Fanny Brice, she just has to. One of my favorite FOX Glee songs of all time is Rachel’s rendition of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Season 1. I’m glad Kurt is a good friend and was able to talk her out of her nonsense. They have a great roommate dynamic… one that’s definitely about to change now that Santana has invited herself to stay!
Let’s face it: Sue’s (Jane Lynch) offer was nice but unrealistic. Sue is a robot who is going to live forever. Santana would really just be staying in Lima out of fear and for Brittany (Heather Morris). That would’ve been a huge mistake. Santana’s (Naya Rivera) performance of Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” was absolutely incredible.
I’m glad Brittany decided to stay with Sam (Chord Overstreet). Why is everyone always trying to convince Brittany that she’s smart? Honestly, she’s really not, we all know she says absurd things. She’s funny and sweet, but a genius she’s not.
A close second to Santana’s performance was Tina’s (Jenna Ushkowtiz) performance of Madonna’s “Hung Up.” Ushkowitz really needs to get more solos, because she can handle it. I still don’t like where the storyline is going with her and Blaine (Darren Criss), but I enjoy them both as characters so I guess we’ll see.
Blaine’s Queen performance was great, as well. It’s true that guys can totally be divas too. Unique (Alex Newell) and the newer cast members really brought it for Beyonce’s“Diva.” It was a fun number, one that was probably even more anticipated after Beyonce’s incredible and much talked about Superbowl performance.
I think the goal of this episode was to try and change the definition of a diva. Unfortunately, it’s just one of those words that already has a certain connotation and I’m not sure that one episode of television is going to change that. Then, again, there can be some positive aspects to being a diva, as well.
OMG: Tina admitted she was in love with Blaine.
Thank You, TV Gods: Santana does the Big Apple. So much fun. Watch her performance again above.
Awkward: Finn kissing Miss Pillsbury… just a few days before her wedding to Will!
Hotness: Everyone really brought it for the Beyonce “Diva” performance.
Fabu-lous: Kurt telling those pretentious boys where to shove it when they fakely tried to be his friend after Midnight Madness.
Can. Not. Wait: Mr. Shu and Miss Pillsbury wedding is going to be madness!
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 6. A couple of standouts but I didn’t love the set list. Plus there was barely any focus on the new castmembers.
What was your favorite performance from Diva? Which Gleek do you think is the biggest Diva? Will Emma and Will end up getting married? Will Santana succeed in New York?
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