Darren Criss, does his best Michael Jackson impression singing “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” in a new sneak preview of Glee’s tribute to the King of Pop. Criss’s Blaine Anderson does a great crotch grab.
The hit Fox show has paid tribute to a number of artists including Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Some have drawn the scorn of conservative family groups for their risque portrayals.
The episode, which airs on Fox Tuesday (Jan. 31), includes Criss in Jackson’s trademark black trousers, white socks and sequined black jacket. Each of the actors wear a trademark Jackson outfit. Cheerleaders Santana and Brittany dance back-up.
Chris Colfer’s Kurt wears leather trousers and Kevin McHale’s Artie wears a jacket representing Jackson’s classic album “Thriller” and its landmark video.
It wouldn’t be Glee, if Lea Michele’s Rachel didn’t wear a sexy costume. She dresses in “Smooth Criminal” ensemble.
‘The one number we did where everybody wore a different Michael outfit was just incredible,’ McHale told The Huffington Post.
‘It was like everybody liked somebody else’s more than their own. We had no idea what everybody was going to wear until we got to set and were like, “Oh my god! Look at yours!” We were all just freaking out.”
In the episode, Finn and Rachel sing Jackson’s classic love song “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and McHale and Harry Shum performing “Scream.”
The New Directions and the Warblers also heat up their competition in the episode in advance of the Regionals.
Footnote: Jackson’s kids, Paris, Blanket and Prince, are big fans of the show and would like to see a second MJ tribute next year.
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