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It feels like forever, because it practically has, but the Glee kids are FINALLY going to Nationals! Remember, it’s still spring 2013 in Glee world for what’s felt like the longest school year in the history of mankind! But mercifully, it’s coming to a close.

The episode, titled “City of Angels” airs this Tuesday, March 11.

But not before New Directions heads to sunny LA to sing in the big competition against fierce rivals, Throat Explosion. Guest stars include Skylar Astin, who plays Jean Baptiste, the lead singer of the rival group. And keeping with tradition, cameo appearances will make up the judges panel. This year, it’s Marlee Matlin, Jackée Harry and the Prancersize lady, Johanna Rohrback, who will decide the fate of our glee club!

As the official summary below reveals, the performance will be dedicated to their fallen leader, Finn Hudson. Parents, Carole Hudson-Hummel (Romy Rosemont) and Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley) will be along to help chaperone and inspire the group.

Mercedes (Amber Riley), who has been living in Los Angeles, trying to make a go of a singing career will buck up a deflated Marley (Melissa Benoist).

The gleeks travel west to Los Angeles for Nationals, dedicating their performance in the all-important competition to Finn’s memory. Once in L.A. and following the requisite sightseeing, New Directions meet their main competition, the cutting edge “Throat Explosion.” As Blaine is most familiar with the stellar reputation of the revolutionary show choir and its intimidating and enigmatic star, Jean-Baptiste, ND’s de facto leader is the first to fall victim to their opponent’s psychological warfare. Heeding Will’s advice, Sam steps up to rally the troops. While a seemingly able leader in his own right, Sam’s greatest asset – his infectious optimism – is threatened when one of his lucky charms goes missing.

Meanwhile, chaperones Burt and Carole offer inspirational words on their late son’s behalf, and look forward to sharing the experience of Nationals with Finn’s friends in the hopes it will bring back fond memories of their son… but their recent and devastating loss may still prove to be too painful. And when Ryder learns that a deflated Marley has given up on songwriting and has decided to quit glee club for good, he and Jake enlist the help of a former gleek who has had plenty of experience with adversity.

CONCEPT: Dedicating their performance to Finn’s memory, New Directions arrive in Los Angeles to take part in the National High School Show Choir Championship, and face off against “Throat Explosion”, their fiercest competition to date.

I Love LA by Randy Newman will be sung by Artie (Kevin McHale), Jake (Jacob Artist), Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Will (Matthew Morrison)  as they ride a double decker bus through Los Angeles.   Watch the gang film the scene in this behind the scenes video:

The rest of the songs are Nationals performances, filmed at the Orpheum theater:

Vacation by The Go Gos – performed by The Amazonians
Counting Stars by OneRepublic sung by Jean-Baptiste (Skylar Astin) & Throat Explosion
Mr. Roboto by Styx sung by Jean-Baptiste & Throat Explosion
More Than A Feeling by Boston sung by New Directions
America by Neil Diamond sung by New Directions
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2  sung by New Directions

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Check out this FOX Promo:

 
  • Miz

    Oh wow. This sounds beyond sucky. Could they possibly have worse casting than this? The idiotic Prancercize lady, a deaf woman, and a D-list celebrity are the only people they could get to judge a singing competition in LA? It’s not even close to being camp or funny. Ryan expects people to tune into this train wreck?

  • girlygirl

    So is Adam not in this week’s episode? If he’s not, I won’t bother to watch.

  • jeffreyd95821

    Domo origato, Mr. Roboto…..Now I will have that song stuck in my head for a week. Seems anti-climactic to go to Nationals when we all know what’s coming. Are the New Yorkers even in it? Doesn’t look like it. Maybe this is how they just wrap up the high school side before everybody shows up next week to say goodbye. Proper send-off and all.

  • Pretty Horsey

    No he isn’t. I think he’s out for the next 3 episodes.

  • Dani

    Lol its surprising Anna Kendrick hasn’t guest starred on Glee yet. Maybe next season, or never considering the show’s ratings. Looking forward for Skylar Astin though.

  • LeahKittyS

    The show is officially ending after Season 6. I don’t think she’ll be making an appearance. She’s kind of busy with the “Into the Woods” movie and “Pitch Perfect 2″ right now.

  • Axxxel

    Yes, they will because it is a covered tribute to Finn… and because the best TV-Dad in this TV decade will be there: Burt Hummel (Kurt’s father and Finn’s stepfather)…

  • Axxxel

    ooh pity.. that’s ok.. hope you still catch up with the songs… singed… a hopeless Glambert And Gleek..

  • Axxxel

    We all know what will happen.. so I think the emphasis on this episode will be more on Finn…. so great to see Finn’s parents coming along…

  • Axxxel

    yeah, and no Anne Hattaway too, as Kurt’s Aunt… maybe just a few seconds shot on Klaine’s wedding ?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ““Throat Explosion”?

    Really? Seriously? lol

  • jeffreyd95821

    Don’t forget Bette Midler. Ryan Murphy asked her in person and she said yes. Then…….nothing.