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This is possibly the most fun I’ve had at a show since I’ve been here. It’s the a capella singing group from Oxford university – read: twelve incredibly charming young men in blazers with stunning singing voices.

They sang a wide variety of songs, from Tom Jones to the Backstreet Boys (complete with choreography), from ‘Lion Sleeps Tonight’ to Lady Gaga. And their multi-part harmony rendition of Billy Joel’s ‘Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel)’ nearly made me cry.

And throughout the whole thing, all I kept thinking was ‘this is what Glee should have been like’. They traded off the lead with every song. There was no magical appearing/disappearing pianist. They created all the harmonies and back-up they needed among themselves, singing guitar parts, trumpet parts, whatever was necessary. And the only microphone onstage was traded between the guys doing the beat-boxing.

They had huge energy, wonderful charisma. They were funny. They danced. They made each other laugh. (At the start of ‘Poker Face’ they had to hold for a minute, because they kept corpsing, one after another.) They seemed charming and wholesome and just a little bit naughty, and had I been ten years younger, I would have been crushing madly on all of them. As things stand, I may have had my first cougar experience.

The audience were all essentially bouncing in their seats, they clapped along, and there were big cheers at the end of every song. It was just a huge amount of fun, and I didn’t want it to end.

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This episode was… ok. (Spoilers to follow…) (more…)

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I liked this episode a lot better than I’ve liked most of this season. Of course, it guest starred Neil Patrick Harris, it was directed by Joss Whedon and Idina Menzel sang, so there is no bad. (Spoilers for the episode below…) (more…)

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I don’t know if Catherine O’Hara is slated to make a future appearance on Glee, but if you’re wondering who played the crazy teacher who made fun of Sue Sylvester in the lunch room during the ‘Bad Reputation’ episode, it wasn’t Catherine O’Hara. (Nor was it Tina Fey, which was my first thought.)

It was Molly Shannon.

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Clearly having blown their budget on all the popular Madonna songs two weeks ago, Glee made this week all about songs that suck. And they went retro with it: Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer and Total Eclipse of the Heart.

I was partly delighted and partly appalled. These songs weren’t even cool when I was in high school, lo all those years ago. I’m astounded the Glee kids had ever heard of them. But it was awesome how they totally went for it, danced the numbers like they were the hottest new thing. Big pouffy pants and all. They may be some of my favourite numbers yet. (more…)

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I just watched the last episode of Glee with a friend of mine. I have just a few thoughts on the episode, but first, I have a question left over from episode 12… why couldn’t they just return the unused matresses and pay for the used one? Surely that would have solved things.

Anyway. Spoilers…

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I only just got around to watching this show. I’ve seen 11 of the 12 episodes – I’m still waiting to borrow the last one from a friend. (The rest of this entry assumes you’ve seen those first 11 episodes. I’ve tried to be vague, but there are spoilers.) (more…)

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