7 Celeb-Assisted 'Glee' Covers That Were Way Better Than The Original

Controversial opinion.

We’ve been talking about Glee a lot recently. From all the accusations that Lea Michele has copped to her false apology, we’re losing sight of the joy that Glee once brought us. Glee was once at the top of the world. The Ryan Murphy show was so ubiquitous that to this day, the cast of Glee has the most entires on the Billboard Hot 100 over any artist ever. 

We spoke about all this ‘Glee’ drama on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

So, to help remind you of that joy, we want to bring back the best clips from the six seasons. Without further ado, here are the seven best celeb-assisted Glee covers that were low-key better than the original. 

Forget You – Gwyneth Paltrow

The almighty Gwyneth Paltrow, once again, proves she’s a triple threat. When Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t selling candles that smell like her vagina, she’s actually slaying Hollywood with her acting skills and vocal ability. We got a taste of her singing in the film Duets when she sang ‘Cruisin’ with Huey Lewis, but in Glee, she really showed off her pipes. Adjusting the key of the song to fit her range, this performance was a total knockout. Cee Lo Green, who?

Dream On – Neil Patrick Harris

‘Dream On’ maybe a karaoke classic, but does that mean anyone has ever topped Aerosmith? Not really. The tune has been covered by everyone from Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine to Blake Shelton, but the real killer performance was delivered by Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison. This performance goes down as one of the most powerful vocal performances on Glee, as these two belters constantly try and out-do each other.

Maybe This Time – Kristin Chenoweth

Speaking of duets, another crucial performance was delivered by Lea Michele and Kristin Chenoweth. Yes, Lea Michele is a Broadway star, but Kristin Chenoweth is a Broadway legend. With the latter playing Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked, you better believe these two vocalists knocked out this tv performance. 

Whatever Happened to Saturday Night? – John Stamos

Have you ever wanted to see John Stamos perform in the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Yeah, you and everyone else in the world. Thank God, Ryan Murphy made our dreams come true with this one. This General Hospital actor subbed out his scrubs for the rehearsal performance of the century. 

Listen To Your Heart – Jonathan Groff

While some people know Jonathan Groff as the lead in Mindhunter, you better believe we know him for his Broadway history. From starring as the lead in Spring Awakening or the King in Hamilton to providing the vocals for Kristoff in Frozen and Frozen II, this actor has proven he can do pretty much anything and that includes covering this ‘80s classic with utter ease. 

Here Comes The Sun – Demi Lovato

Okay, is this cover better than The Beatles? No, it’s The Beatles, they’re a bit hard to top. But, we do have to give props to Demi Lovato and Naya Rivera for their ability to bring new meaning out of this song. With a simple acoustic guitar, Demi Lovato and Naya Rivera serve up a perfect pop duet.  

Let’s Have A Kiki – Sarah Jessica Parker

Can Sarah Jessica Parker sing? She doesn’t have to be able to. For this final Glee cover, we’ve chosen the all-iconic ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’ number, where Sarah Jessica Parker gives us spoken-word realness. This performance is especially enthralling because Aussie-fave Dean Geyer and Drag Race legend Shangela make an appearance.

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Every Reason That Reece Hignell Deserves To Win Masterchef Australia

Winning immunity two weeks in a row is only the beginning.

If you’re not stanning Reece Hignell in 2020, we seriously recommend reevaluating your life choices. This season of Masterchef is turning out to be one of the best seasons of reality tv we’ve ever seen. From the new judges (who we all love, but absolutely stan Melissa), to the all-star lineup, Network 10 has given us quality tv, week after week and for that, we must be thankful. 

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But, now that we’ve entered the top 8, things are getting stressful. Each week, we’re saying goodbye to more fan-favourites, making a wholesome show turn into somewhat of a cry-fest. Having said that, there are a few frontrunners like Poh and Reynold, but nobody that we stan harder that Reece Hignell.

Since Back To Win premiered, Reece Hignell has captured the hearts and minds of Masterchef fans all over Australia. And if you don’t think he has what it takes to win, here are 5 reasons that’ll definitely change your mind. 

1. He’s Tactical 

There is no way you can win Masterchef Australia without being a tactical contestant and Reece Hignell is the most tactical person of them all. Don’t believe us? Just look at last night’s episode. Instead of risking his cooking time for the potential to get better ingredients, Reece jumped at the opportunity to start cooking. And who won that episode may we ask? Who? Oh yeah, that’s right, Reece Hignell did. The crown is near you, sir. 

2. He’s Confident

You can pinpoint the moment that Reece Hignell went from being cool and collected to oozing confidence in the Masterchef kitchen and it was the Katy Perry episode. There was something about her presence that just lit a fire under Reece’s ass, and ever since that episode, we haven’t looked at any other contestant. We really do stan a confident king. 

3. He Plays To His Strengths

It’s pretty common to see some left-of-field plating decisions in the Masterchef kitchen and hey, that’s fair. We’re talking about a bunch of everyday Australian’s that come together to prove they’re not just a cook, they’re a chef. But, the line between chic and messy is very blurred in the Masterchef kitchen and it’s something which Reece doesn’t bother himself with.  Last night, Reece cooked a tart, a simple tart, no weird plating, no wired side-ingredient, and guess who won? Oh, that’s right, Reece Hignell did. Facts are facts, Australia.

4. He Doesn’t Let His Veganism Get In The Way Of His Skill

If you didn’t know that Reece Hignell is vegan, we don’t blame you. This king, despite being vegan, still cooks with meat and by-products in the kitchen. Can you believe that? We stan a king that doesn’t let anything stop him from reaching his potential.

5. He’s Super Encouraging To Everyone

If Reece isn’t cooking in an episode, we know exactly what he’s doing, he’s cheering people on. Whether it be with his Audrey’s Jess and Brendan or his other mates in the competition, Reece is entertaining Aussies around the country with his uplifting words yelled to other contestants from metres high off the ground. 

It’s Reece Hignell’s world, we’re all just living in it.

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Sam Heughan Got Rejected, But He's Still Gunning For That James Bond Gig

The Bond is strong.

When Sam Heughan isn’t on Outlander, he’s auditioning for James Bond. We all know Scottish hunk Sam Heughan as the gorgeous Jamie Fraser on Outlander, but it turns out he’s always wanted to don shiny leather shoes, a black tuxedo and sip on a drink that’s shaken not stirred. 

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In an interview with a British morning show, Sam Heughan discussed what it was like auditioning for James Bond and how he wants in on the part again. Sam Heughan auditioned for the role of 007 back when the James Bond crew were looking for an update from Piece Brosman in the early ‘00s. 

“I auditioned for it back when they were doing Bond 21 when Daniel Craig was cast… I think a lot of actors were seen in the U.K.” Sam Heughan said, referring to the fact that Henry Cavill and Goran Visnjic were also considered for the role.  

Sam Heughan also told This Morning that it’s his dream to play Bond, saying:  “Obviously it’s a dream for every actor.” He also followed that up by joking, “A Scottish Bond? Who doesn’t want to see another Scottish Bond?”

Sam Heughan is, of course, referring to Sean Connery who became the first-ever actor to portray James Bond in 1962’s Dr. No. As you know, Sam Heughan lost out to Daniel Craig who went on to play James Bond in five movies over the past 15 years: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and the to-be-released, No Time to Die (2020).

But, after the Billie-Eilish assisted No Time to Die drops later this year, the family behind the Bond franchise will no doubt be on the hunt to find a replacement. And given Sam Heughan thinks he’s still young enough to play the movie spy, we can definitely expect an audition from him. We wish him the best of luck.

In the past few years, the Bond rumour mill has been churning out ideas of a female Bond or a person of colour Bond, all-of-which have seen much controversy on conservative twitter. It’ll be interesting to see if the franchise does decide to take the image of Bond away from a cis, straight, white man and give it to someone who perhaps isn’t as privileged in Hollywood already. Only time will tell.

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