This Fall, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande will appear on the small screen together on Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Scream Queens. I can’t wait. Murphy, without a doubt, always delivers on a killer first season of any of his programs. His subsequent ones are a bit less predictable. Just look at Glee and American Horror Story’s last seasons. #underwhelming
In an upcoming episode of the FOX musical, Michele covers Grande’s dance hit “Break Free.” Not surprisingly, Lea sounds fantastic on it. Perhaps it due to the fact she actually enunciates ;) It’s a shame her recording career never went anywhere. She truly is a gifted vocalist. Hopefully, Lea sports Ariana’s signature ponytail during the scene she performs this song. Check out Lea and company’s cover below.
Fittingly, FOX chose Friday the 13th to debut the first official promo for its new comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens. With filming yet to begin, no footage from the actual series is shown. Instead, a random girl appears blowing a bubblegum. Things go from peppy to bloody real fast in the 12-second teaser.
Scream Queens‘ 15-episode first season, which revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders, premieres this Fall on FOX. It boasts a star-studded cast which includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Joe Manganiello and the ultimate ‘scream queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis. Check out the promo below.
In the grand tradition of ballads getting a club makeover, Lea Michele’s debut single, “Cannonball,” follows suit. After all, you can’t be a diva unless you have a dance anthem under your belt. The Glee actress enlists none other than Dave Aude to ramp up the BPM for a bumping dance remix. Michele’s soaring vocals really lend themselves for a club banger.
It’s not my favorite remix by Aude, but at least it’s something nightlife establishments can play this weekend to lure gays to burn up the dance floor. Check it out below and weigh in afterward.
Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
Lea Michele dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the third time on Thursday. In addition to promoting her debut single “Cannonball,” the 27-year-old opened up about dealing with Cory Monteith’s untimely death. She reveals how Kate Hudson, Ryan Murphy and her mom all helped her deal with her grief just days after her loss.
“She was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family,” Michele said Hudson. “It was so helpful to just, basically, have a safe place to process, and just have a minute to just breathe before getting back to my house with just has a lot of memories and stuff. So being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.”
On a lighter note, Michele performed her soon-to-be hit single live for the first time. The more I hear “Cannonball,” the more I get hooked. With that being said, I found it hard to separate Lea from her alter ego Rachel Berry during her performance. Am I alone in thinking this? Check out her number below along with her interview.
I’m calling it now. 2014 is going to be Lea Michele’s year. I was preparing myself not to like her debut single, but after previewing it, I’m already sold. The Glee actress uploaded a healthy snippet of her upcoming powerful ballad “Cannonball.” UPDATE: JustJaredJr.com just uploaded the full version. Check it out below.
Penned by Sia, it’s everything you’d expect from the diva-in-training. It’s part Barbra, part Celine and one hundred percent perfection. Check it out below, along with the tracklist for her debut album, Louder. Doesn’t she look sensational in the cover art above? Be sure to weigh in about the single, album cover and all things Lea-related below.
There are only a handful of episodes left before Glee reaches its 100th episode. Ryan Murphy and company are leaving the power to the people. They’re asking Gleeks everywhere to vote on ten songs that the cast will cover on the milestone episode. Dubbed “Glee 100th Gleeks Choice: You Vote. We Remix.,” the list of choices has been narrowed down to just thirty.
As expected, the cover that started it all, “Don’t Stop Believin’” made the cut. While I love that performance, I say save it for the series finale instead of the 100th episode. Shame on Murphy for not including the epic mashups from Season 1, “It’s My Life/Confessions Part II” and “Halo/Walking on Sunshine.” For that matter, I think including songs covered this season shouldn’t be on the list. Do we really need to hear “Roar” again so soon?
My personal picks are “Bust Your Windows,” “Defying Gravity,” “Telephone,” “Take A Bow,” “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “My Life Would Suck Without You (Glee Cast Version).” Check out all the choices below, along with Lea Michele’s debut single artwork.
Did you catch Ryan Murphy and company’s tribute to Cory Monteith on Glee last night? I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for the writers, crew and especially actors to film this episode. With emotions still raw, I’m certain plenty of tears were shed during filming.
Did it live up to the hype? Given the delicate nature, producers did a solid job. It was a little uneven and disjointed at parts, but when it was on, they got it right. Without question, Lea Michele’s “Make You Feel My Love” performance was the most heartbreaking. I’m certain those tears were 100 percent authentic.
Other musical standouts include Amber Riley’s “I’ll Stand By You” and Kevin McHale & Chord Overstreet’s duet on “Fire & Rain.” On the complete opposite spectrum, Naya Rivera’s “If I Die Young” disappointed. It sounded too fast, plus her storyline seemed forced. Why Dianna Agron wasn’t invited is beyond insane. Besides Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry, Quinn had the closest connection to Finn and not Santana. I really hope behind the scenes drama and politics weren’t the reason for Quinn’s omission.
At the end of the episode, FOX aired PSAs filmed by the actors persuading people to help others, who are struggling with addiction. They urged people to call 1-800-662-HELP and find help on a treatment website. Profits from official track sales will go to Monteith’s favorite charity, Project Limelight. Check out all the performances from “The Quarterback” below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts on the episode afterwards.
UPDATE: The tribute episode gave Glee it’s biggest audience in more than a year with 7.4 million tuning in. The episode tied ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the lead among adults 18-49 in its hour.
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