EXCLUSIVE: 'Glee' Sneak Peek: The Warblers Will 'Rise' Thanks to Darren Criss' Song!

by Leanne Aguilera 9:30 AM PST, March 03, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'Glee' Sneak Peek: The Warblers Will 'Rise' Thanks to Darren Criss' Song!

We've got good news, and we've got bad news.

The bad news is that in this week's all-new episode of Glee, Dalton Academy -- the school that brought us the handsome Warblers with their snazzy blazers and incredible songs -- has burned down to the ground.

The good news? The perfectly choreographed group will "Rise" from the ashes thanks to a song written by our original warbler, Darren Criss!

You guys, this is a big deal. It marks the first time in Glee history, the characters are singing a song that one of the stars wrote, and only ETonline has your exclusive the behind-the-scenes look at how this dream became a reality.

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"Over the past couple of years people have asked , 'Are you going to have one of your songs on the show?' So in the final season it finally came up and it's an honor that they let me do this," Criss explains while rocking his naturally curly hair, instead of Blaine's slicked back 'do.

The 28-year-old actor takes the cameras on a tour of a music building that for "legal reasons" cannot be named, (Pssst! It's Capitol Records) and gives fans a look at the Glee recording process.

Star Laura Dreyfuss, who plays Madison McCarthy, was on hand to lend her voice and Criss gave her some amazing advice on how to perfect his song: "Make sure it's off-key. Make sure you sound like the cookie monster. And then just kid of a mix of that and not being talented and you guys got this."Solid advice, Darren.

Glee airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox and you can buy "Rise" on iTunes now!

Are you excited for this week's episode of Glee? Are you looking forward to hearing the cast sing Darren Criss' song? Sound off in the comments below or chat with your fellow Gleek @LeanneAguilera on Twitter!