I know that The Voice is all about giving established acts second chances. Technically, there is no such thing as a “plant” on the show, because the producers are upfront about what they are up to.
But when I heard that Cassadee Pope from Hey Monday had auditioned, I immediately knew who she was because I’m a Gleek.
Not only did Hey Monday get their sad break up song “Candles” covered on Glee, but they got a very specific shout out as well!
Hey Monday released “Candles” in 2011. But despite major television exposure of their song, a year later Cassadee has quit the band to purse a solo career. She uses The Voice as a jump start. Interesting. The band was together from 2008-2011 and were popular on the alt-rock festival circuit, that included the Warp Tour.
I actually had never heard the original “Candles” until now, because frankly, even though I stan Darren Criss and Chris Colfer pretty hard, uhm. I thought their duet of the song was kind of awful *ducks*.
Now that I’ve heard his acoustic version of the song with Cassadee on lead, I’m thinking the song isn’t so bad, even if the lyrics are kind of sappy.
Here’s the Official “Candles” Music Video from Vevo!
Here’s the Hey Monday shoutout from Glee. This ain’t just any namecheck. It happened during the infamous Klaine first kiss. I may or may not have watched this particular scene a couple of zillion times.
“I have the perfect song for our number and we should practice,” says Blaine. “Do tell,” says Kurt. “Candles by Hey Monday.” Kurt is impressed, “You’re usually so top 40!” Blaine says, “I just wanted something a little more emotional.” And…then they proceed to NOT practice “Candles”…
Here’s the Glee Verion of “Candles”
Uhm. Kurt and Blaine sing a break up song to celebrate their new-found love! Maybe that’s why the exposure didn’t appear to help the band much.
And lastly, Cassadee Pope auditions for The Voice with a cover of “Torn”. All 4 judges turn around. She chooses Team Blake Shelton.