Darren Criss – Teenage Dream – The Mint Los Angeles

Glee’s Darren Criss performed at the Mint in Los Angeles last night, thrilling  the audience with an acoustic cover of “Teenage Dream”.

It’s a very different rendition from the Beezlebub-arranged joy-fest performed on Glee, but it’s still pretty fricking awesome.

Video Source: Ceati, thinkmilly

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28 Comments

  1. He’s great! I think that Darren is going to be the next breakout star from Glee. I’m not surprised that he’s being made a regular cast member.

  2. I’m at work so I can’t watch this right now, but this post is SO relevant to my interests! Can’t wait to get home and watch this.

    Thanks for posting, MJ. Hope that tag gets lots of use. :)

  3. lorismile:
    11/14/2010 at 9:45 am
    He reminds me of Kris Allen.

    I was totally going to say the same thing ! lol.

  4. Maybee it’s the quality of the video, but I was pretty underwhelmed by that.

  5. I don’t see or hear any similarity to Kris Allen, except the WGWG thing.

  6. I’m not into WGWG but this one is adorable. His Glee clip drew me to watch a full episode on Hulu for the first time. And I guess I’ll be buying my first Glee cover as well. He radiates joy when performing and it’s just fun to watch/listen to him. I hope he blows up big.

  7. OH man, Darren Criss is my new crush after Adam Lambert. The teenage dream video, his expression and Kurt’s joy gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. It was soo damn cute. I think its the best Glee episode so far! Now i cannot wait for the next one!

    Nah, he doesn’t remind me of Kris Allen but somewhat of John Mayer, when he had long hair.

    Gosh since i came to know about him via Glee, now I have watched all the musicals his company put up on youtube. He and his friends are very talented.

    and oh yeah, his version of Teenage dream is so much better than the Katy Perry version. Katy cannot sing!

  8. Hakunamatata:
    11/14/2010 at 11:56 am
    what is WGWG?

    White Guy/Girl With Guitar

  9. what is WGWG?

    White guy with guitar, I believe.

    Darren has fast become my current celebrity crush. I adore his song The Muse. Wish he’d record and release it properly some day. I haven’t had time to watch the Potter musicals yet but I’ll get to it soon.
    Can’t wait to see more of him on Glee, I’m in love with Baby it’s Cold Outside from the Glee Christmas album. All I have to say is they better include that duet in an actual episode.

    Oh, and he’s not hard on the eyes, either.

  10. It is so annoying that everyone is singing along so loudly you can barely hear him sing! It’s NOT a sing-along version! And the audience was speeding up the tempo. If I were him, I’d wish they would have just LISTENED and shut it!! gahhh It sounds like nothing but a bunch of teenage girls singing there too…

  11. He’s got breakout star written all over him. For those of you who haven’t seen Darren Criss in the Very Potter Musical on youtube, I highly recommend it. Super entertaining and funny.

  12. and oh yeah, his version of Teenage dream is so much better than the Katy Perry version. Katy cannot sing!

    Isn’t that the truth? Many of the young ladies making money these days are not very good live singers. I am sure Glee producers are very happy with the buzz Darren is causing. I look forward to more appearances.

  13. Since Katy wrote Teenage Dream I can say that she is a very good songwriter since the song stands on its own. We’ve seen it accapella-ized, guitar-ized, and Katy’s own version. For me a trademark of a really good songwriter is someone who can not only write for themselves, but their music can transfer over easily to other voices and still come out a winner. Katy may not have the best voice in the world but she does have an innate way of finding a hook and putting together words that resonate…not always an easy task.

  14. Tess:
    11/14/2010 at 1:29 pm

    Since Katy wrote Teenage Dream I can say that she is a very good songwriter since the song stands on its own. We’ve seen it accapella-ized, guitar-ized, and Katy’s own version. For me a trademark of a really good songwriter is someone who can not only write for themselves, but their music can transfer over easily to other voices and still come out a winner. Katy may not have the best voice in the world but she does have an innate way of finding a hook and putting together words that resonate…not always an easy task.

    she “wrote” it with 4 other people, 3 of whom produced the song together and are among the most ubiquitous names in the pop music landscape today (dr. luke, max martin, benny blanco). wouldn’t be too quick to give her too much credit. ;)

  15. Highly annoying crowd. Decent performance. I see a strong resemblance to Kris as well.

  16. Wow, we aren’t going to be turning this GLEE thread into yet another WGWG gripe session are we?

    Let’s stick to discussing Darren and his performance.

  17. wouldn’t be too quick to give her too much credit. ;)

    In fact, in an interview, Darren said he was excited when he learned he was singing “Teenage Dream” because of Dr. Luke. He never mentioned Katie…

  18. I like this version of Teenage Dream just with Darren so much more than the over produced one on Glee [ but I know that was done for effect on the show]. He seems a natural performer to me- Glee has given him the exposure he needs to go further.

  19. He seems a natural performer to me- Glee has given him the exposure he needs to go further.

    I agree, but I hope Glee continues to give him exposure for a while to come yet… Simply because I’d like to keep getting a weekly dose of him on my TV screen.
    Right now I’m hoping for confirmation that he’s become a series regular (at this point it’s still only a rumor).

  20. He’s got breakout star written all over him. For those of you who haven’t seen Darren Criss in the Very Potter Musical on youtube, I highly recommend it. Super entertaining and funny.

    I was just going to post this! I think he is going to be the next break-out star, too. Evidently, he wrote a good portion of the songs for the Very Potter Musical and starred as Harry. Great stuff!

    I didn’t know, though, that he auditioned for Finn’s role on Glee but didn’t get it. I’m glad they found a permanent role for him, though, because I think he’s amazing!

  21. She “wrote” it with 4 other people, 3 of whom produced the song together and are among the most ubiquitous names in the pop music landscape today (dr. luke, max martin, benny blanco). wouldn’t be too quick to give her too much credit.

    Bonnie McKee is the fourth writer, although she is listed right after Katy Perry who has top billing in the writing credits. Bonnie is a singer/songwriter who I have followed for years…she didn’t make it big as a singer even though she was signed with Warner. But her songwriting is exceptional. She also co-wrote California Gurls.

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