To say the addition of Darren Criss to the “Glee” family was a huge success, would be an understatement. Just after airing one episode featuring Blaine, there are reports that Criss is being promoted to series’ regular. Must suck to be Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) who are still classified as recurring.
Not only has Criss been widely received, his rendition of “Teenage Dream” had a huge sales debut and on track to becoming the show’s most successful single ever. According to Billboard, Criss’ version set a single-day sales record for the show on iTunes by selling 50,000 downloads in its first day. “Teenage Dream” is predicted to sell between 150,000 to 175,000 copies by the end of the week.
If “Teenage Dream” exceeds those expectations, it has a shot of beating the record set by “Don’t Stop Believin’” when it sold 177,000 copies its first week. Pretty impressive showing by Criss, considering it was his debut on the show. Too boot, his version is a love ditty between two teenage gays and it’s so well received. Amazing.
Reports also say that partial proceeds of the track might be going to the Harvey Milk School. Recently a counselor’s job was eliminated due to budget cuts, and Glee is paying his salary in addition to $25,000 in scholarship funds already committed by the show. Way to gay it forward, Glee.