On March 18, ‘Glee’ will reach it’s hundredth episode, and while the network brought back the original New Directions for the celebration, one song was heartbreaking to sing without Cory.
In a new interview, co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk revealed that while the cast is excited to take on some of the best Glee hits ever on the hundredth episode, it wasn’t easy to perform “Don’t Stop Believin'” without Cory Monteith. The song was the first and last that Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn performed together.
‘Glee’ 100th Episode Is ‘Emotional’ Without Cory
“It’s emotional. It’d odd doing this song without Cory,” Brad told The Hollywood Reporter. “You notice it. I notice it. There is a feeling when you hear that song and see all those people singing it that you really get a sense of what’s come before it.”
The episode’s performance of the Journey classic was filmed on Feb. 24, he added — the sixth time the show has covered it. “It’s a life flashes before your eyes type thing,” he added. “The song is evocative anyway, and then our version becomes personal and when we see them all up there doing it, it’s emotional.”
The song was the first song on Glee‘s season one soundtrack and was performed in the Pilot episode by the originals in the club — Rachel, Finn, Artie (Kevin McHale), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Kurt (Chris Colfer). During season four, Rachel sang the song for her “Funny Girl” audition after Finn advised her to, and flashed back to that original performance. This was the last time we saw Finn before Cory’s death.
Rachel & Finn: Why They Were Supposed To End Up Together
After Cory’s death, Ryan Murphy and Brad worked to figure out a new ending, since they had it planned out around Rachel and Finn. Brad says they’re working hard to figure out what to do now.
“The Rachel-Finn relationship was the show in many ways,” Brad told THR. “We’ve talked about it before, about how it represented these two worlds coming together and how it represented these two high school stories about not belonging and people feeling like they belong because they’ve found each other. That’s what that relationship is about, and we can’t tell that story. We’re still going to tell that story, we’re just going to find a different way to do it. And we’ll do our best.”
Well, as a Gleek myself, I know they’ll make it good! Here’s the full list of songs the cast will be performing on the hundredth episode:
“Keep Holding On:” Puck (Mark Salling)
“Valerie:” Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris)
“Defying Gravity:” Rachel, Kurt & Mercedes
“Raise Your Glass:” Will (Matthew Morrison) and April (Kristin Chenoweth)
“Toxic:” Santana, Brittany & Quinn (Dianna Agron)
“Happy:” Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow), April, Will, Blaine (Darren Criss) & Mercedes
“Party All the Time:” Holly
“Total Eclipse of the Heart:” Will & April
“Loser Like Me:” Blaine, Artie, Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Tina
“Be Okay:” Rachel & Santana
“I Am Changing:” Mercedes & Kurt
“Just Give Me a Reason:” Quinn & Puck
“Don’t Stop Believin:” Rachel, Blaine, Kurt, Will, Artie Tina
— Emily Longeretta