Brace yourselves Michael Jackson fans … Glee is planning to put their spin on one of Michael Jackson‘s biggest songs ever! Entertainment Weekly magazine is reporting that the first post-Super Bowl XLV episode of 2011 will feature MJ‘s Thriller as one of the ep’s big musical numbers … and not only that but the song will be mashed-up with another as-yet unannounced song. That’s right, arguable the most famous MJ song will get the Glee treatment next year:
A Glee source confirms to EW exclusively that Glee will be tackling Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” for their post-Super Bowl episode…but with a twist. The Jackson classic will be performed as a mash-up with another song, yet to be chosen. But the supersized episode, which our source says will be the most expensive in Glee history and likely one of televsion’s priciest episodes ever, will also feature covers of tunes by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry. Whew. I’m already worn out, and yet there’s more. Although “Thriller” is featured in the episode, it will not be a Michael Jackson tribute episode. Nor will it be a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, as rumors have suggested. In fact, our source says that the only pop star truly considered for the Super Bowl episode was Sir Elton John (expect a John tribute episode as part of Glee‘s back nine episodes). The post-Super Bowl episode will instead keep with the evening’s sports theme and focus on the local football championship and Sue Sylvester’s cheerleading regionals (the “Thriller” mash-up will be played during halftime of the onscreen pigskin game). Basically, it will be a classic episode of Glee, but just bigger and better; Gleeks can also expect appearances from season two fan favorites: Blaine (Darren Criss) and Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones).
Um … and let’s not forget BRITNEY SPEARS! You may recall that we learned in September that our dear Britney will be appearing on Glee in a sizable acting role in the episode of Glee that will air just after the Super Bowl XLV next year … so if that claim is still valid, then Britney *should* be appearing in this Thriller episode. HMMM. I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that but we do know now that Glee will take on Thriller … which should make a lot of people happy AND a lot of people not so happy. Which team are you? Are you excited that Glee will be doing Michael Jackson‘s Thriller?