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
Photo Gallery – Production Stills
Photo Gallery – Behind the Scenes
Check out this FOX Promo: