EXCLUSIVE! It's a 'Glee' Homecoming: The Original Gang Reunites for A-ha's 'Take on Me'
By Philiana Ng
The gang’s back together!
Glee kicks off its sixth and final season with a special two-hour premiere Friday, Jan. 9 on Fox, and ETonline has the exclusive look at the first full performance featuring the return of beloved members of the original glee club in a bid to show McKinley High what they’ve been missing.
From Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) to Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris), it’s as if they didn’t miss a beat in their upbeat 1980s-inspired cover of a-ha’s timeless hit, “Take On Me,” from the premiere’s second hour! Plus, they weren’t shy about paying direct homage to the group’s music video – and why not? It won six MTV Video Music Awards back in 1986.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen the original Glee crew gracing the McKinley High hallways. They're back this time to help recruit members for the new glee club against Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) wishes, and we’ll admit it’s a nice nostalgic return to the early days of the Fox musical dramedy.
Glee has been pulling out all the stops to ensure that the last 13 episodes count. In addition to Lea Michele’s rousing rendition of “Let It Go” (which has Idina Menzel’s seal of approval), the show will tackle Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” via the new Dalton Academy Warblers and Little Shop of Horrors’ “Suddenly Seymour” with Michele and Darren Criss.
ET had an early behind-the-scenes preview of the sixth season with the help of Michele, Criss and Matthew Morrison – and changes are afoot in Lima.
"At the beginning of season six, we find out what happened with Rachel in Los Angeles and with the TV show and that gets really messed up," Michele spilled. "She finds herself back in Ohio but for good reason because these kids need her and she's back to sort of re-boot the glee club."
"We've really listened to what the fans want," he said at the time. "Everything that I've been reading from the last four years about what the fans want from Glee is what they're going to get." Excuse us while we grab some Kleenex.
The “Take On Me” sneak peek, introduced by Chris Colfer (Kurt), makes its official television debut tonight during Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Revolution special on Fox, airing from 8-10 p.m. and 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Are you excited for the final season of Glee? What songs are you hoping they cover? Tell us in the comments!