'Glee' will perform Lady Gaga in super-sized episode April 26 -- but it's not a tribute


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April 26 is going to be the Gleekiest night on television when Glee goes super-sized for a special 90-minute episode that “pays homage to Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga” by performing “Born This Way,” Fox announced today via press release. (Not mentioned by Fox: How the network, no doubt, hopes the super-sized episode will totally upstage the premiere of The Voice on NBC).

New Directions will only perform Gaga’s just-released single, a source tells EW. But Gaga will still be felt throughout the episode as it is “more about her message.” Translation: heavy issue, right ahead! Just peek at what Fox issued today: 

In the “Born This Way” episode, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) teaches the glee club a valuable lesson about self-acceptance and embracing what makes you unique through the music of Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Lauren Zizes (guest star Ashley Fink) and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) go toe-to-toe for the prom queen crown, Ms. Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) confronts her obsessive issues, Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) struggles with a life-altering decision and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) has something up her sleeve that could permanently alter the glee club dynamic.

Zizes vs. Fabray for prom queen?! Um, yes, please.

Strap in, Gleeks, it’s going to be a long night.

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  • mvylvr

    This is bound to be the most awesomest episode of Glee ever. Love Lady Gaga.

    • Rebecca

      I am not a big Glee fan, it is hit and miss for me, but I am REALLY looking forward to this episode! Love Gaga!

      • DRG

        Welcome to EW where it’s all Lady Ca Ca all the time. Lady Ca Ca sneezes, read about it here! Lady Ca Ca burps, read about it here! Lady Ca Ca farts, read about it here! It’s all Lady Ca Ca all the time!

      • SirLizard

        DRG, there are many of us out her who LOVE “Glee” and LOVE Lady Gaga, so why SHOULDN’T Entertainment Weekly report on such a story!? Get over it!

      • FooFoo

        As the photo in the article reminds us, Glee has already done this before. Glee must be the greenest show on TV because all they do is recycle ideas from the great first season.

      • Woot

        DRG, you comment on everything to do with Lady Gaga. It’s lame. And calling her Lady Ca Ca is even lamer. It’s almost as lame as me calling you lame….lame.

      • Robbles

        Look DRG, that’s life. We had to listen to Madonna this and Madonna that for over a decade or more. We sympathize. Deal with it.

  • katie

    i thought the football guy was singing “born this way”

    • Andre

      Yeah, it was announced/teased months ago that Max Adler was going to do that song.

    • J

      Nope, they never said that. They said the STORYLINE based around Born This Way would involve “Kurt, Karofsky, Blaine…and everyone” somehow the media and fans interpreted it as Karofsky singing the song. Please like he is going to come out and sing Gaga after one episode! Even Glee isn’t that unrealistic.

  • Oh, please

    I am all for being self accepting, but I think that this episode is just another way for Ryan Murphy to push his gay rights agenda on the world. Personally, I am sick of hearing this song on the radio and T.V., enough already… Can’t we just get back to the good old Glee from the first part of season 1!

    • Mark

      Maybe if people WERE equal,he wouldn’t have to push HIS agenda. You ought to stick watching the View. They seem to be issue free

      • Oh, please

        I’ve never watched an episode of The View, can’t stand those women. I’m just saying he needs to keep the personal agenda out of primetime television.

      • Ian

        He can do what he wants… it’s his show!

      • Vamp16

        Putting it on primetime television gets the problem out to everyone. Also, how do you think gays feel about hardly being represented in television. IMO two or three gay characters isn’t anything serious

      • Mocha

        To play Devil’s Advocate: I would fully support Glee’s (to put it mildly) emphatic pushing of its equal-rights message if I thought it was actually doing any good. Sadly, the bigoted people who would benefit from this show are probably already boycotting it, and I feel like Glee spends most of its time preaching to the choir (no pun intended). The end result is that when there’s yet another episode about Mr. Schue teaching the Glee club “a valuable lesson about self-acceptance and embracing what makes you unique” I don’t feel like watching, because I feel like I’m being force-fed a message I already know and believe.

      • Lily

        Well Mocha, good for you , but not everybody has as much self confidence like you. And if I am not mistaken , Glee is about a showchoir , consisting of losers who are not always that confident

      • Robbles

        He isn’t pushing gay rights. Most of the people that watch this show are gay. How is that pushing gay rights on anyone?

    • Brett

      Oh, come on now, “oh, please”: don’t you know that there can be no choirs or glee clubs in modern America that don’t have a significant number of gay members? Or that these choirs and glee clubs address gay issues every single week?

      • Heather

        Honestly? I would guess that you’d be hard-pressed to find many glee clubs in modern America that don’t have gay members (male or female). And while they may not address the issues amongst themselves, it’s a very real part of those kids’ everday lives. And I imagine it helps greatly to see someone like them represented on TV. Yes, Glee has been stuck on the same storyline for ages, but is the constant focus on Kurt’s life any worse story-wise than the endless stream of break-ups/make-ups, or anything involving Schuester?

    • love to all

      Here’s what I don’t get: some people don’t want Mr. Murphay to push his gay agenda. But those same people want to push their own agenda – whether that be “stay in the closet and keep it to yourself” or out and out gay bashing. I say you can tell someone not to push their agenda when you stop pushing yours.

    • apk

      Why is it that whenever gay people want to tell their stories (presumably) straight people scream gay agenda? The only agenda being pushed is equality. Seriously, you’re upset about one show on a network full of shows pushing the ‘straight’ agenda. No worries…you still have Fox News

      • Vamp16

        i agree apk. And they don’t seem to realize that gay ppl watch shows all the time with all straight characters, and you don’t hear them complaining about all the straight characters

    • Heather

      You don’t sound like you’re all for being self-accepting. Unless by “self-accepting” you mean “Willing to appeal to bigoted audience members who don’t want to see anybody different than themselves represented on their television screens by pretending gay people don’t exist.”

    • @oh please

      Hey @sshole if you don’t like it then don’t watch you stupid fvcking dumb@ss!!!!!

      • Robbles

        That’s telling him.

    • Karen

      Yeah, civil rights are so stupid.

    • steph

      i’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…why is a way of life that is different from yours an “agenda”? Would you say that, for example, the Brady Bunch was pushing a “heterosexual agenda”? this kind of thinking is stupid.

    • Lisa

      The gay agenda? Why doesn’t anyone talk about the straight agenda?

    • Larry

      Oh Please, you know back in the 1960’s people used to say the same thing about shows like “That Girl” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” pushed a feminist agenda. It was because until then single women weren’t featured on television. Glee focuses on more than gay issues -but yet that is what everyone sees -I think you are being very shortsighted here. Just like shows that featured women and minorities Glee will be remembered for its part in giving a voice to an audience that hadn’t been served until now. Get over your prejudice and just enjoy the show for what it is. It’s one of the few good shows left on television as it is.

      • Kate


        Thank you Larry!

    • yay :)

      I agree that there has been a lot of gay stuff on glee, and many of the characters are becoming gay, I think that this is a good thing for television. From what I have seen, not many shows have gay characters that are more than just guest stars. The majority of the world thinks that being gay is a terrible thing, and if Ryan Murphy can at least help stop gay bullying, if not change the minds of these people, than it doesn’t matter how many gay characters are on his show, or how gay-oriented it is.

  • LOL

    Victoria Jackson’s head just exploded.

    • Ian


    • Rolo Tomasi

      yeah it looked like a big old zit anyway!!!! Die B!tch D!e!!!!

      • Keebo

        You’re a bully.

      • MultiPass

        LOL. Someone like her deserves to be bullied. I think it’s time people stopped confusing their right to speak in America with a false sense of validity. Just because you have the right doesn’t mean you should, and it also doesn’t mean that your right to believe something means you can’t be wrong. B!tch like that deserves to be shouted down. Her beliefs are WRONG, meanspirited and evil. Period.

      • Sally

        I think Victoria Jackson is all kinds of wack job, but please show some restraint. NO ONE deserves to be bullied.

    • Lisa

      And there was nothing inside of it.

    • Robbles

      “the cat that could drive a car…”

  • Nikki

    Love Lady GaGa and I’m glad this is not a Britney-style tribute. That episode was good, but a total mess.

    • Scott

      ‘A total mess’ kinda like Britney.

      • Shane

        But Britney isn’t a total mess anymore.

    • Winnie

      How can it be both good and a total mess?

    • Robbles

      If a plane crashed into a train going 500mph

  • amanda

    I want more info on the scene where it appears that Blain is getting into a fight with the football bully!

    • allie

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • tae

    Can. Not. Wait. Lol

  • Brett

    “Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) struggles with a life-altering decision” – nose job? And which of the self-absorbed characters in the glee club needs a lesson in “self-acceptance”?

    • Lily

      all of them ?

  • Roger

    “In the “Born This Way” episode, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) teaches the glee club a valuable lesson about self-acceptance and embracing what makes you unique”

    So basically it’s just a rehash of every other #*$@ing episode of this show.

    • Jon

      Lol that’s what I thought too. The message is getting really old. And this is coming from a gay guy.

      • Andy

        This gay guy agrees too! Seriously, every episode is pretty interchangeable, kinda like “Glee Mad Libs” or something.

  • Jake

    Someone stick a fork in this series…it’s done

  • mls

    So Glee is now covering…itself. Awesome.

  • Whit

    Anyone else kind of growing bored of Glee?

    • Heather

      Yes. While not acknowledged directly in this article, the fact that this episode already happened is proven by the picture accompanying the story.

      • Wynter

        So, is Glee never allowed to use Lady Gaga, Britney, or Madonna again?

  • PJ

    They already did an episode where the kids learn about themselves through Lady Gaga, and it sucked.

  • Trey

    I’m all for equal rights, and support gay people in their quest to achieve them. However, I am tired of it being shoved down my throat (no pun intended) almost every second of every day. By constantly bombarding people, many of whom are just seeking entertainment and stress relief after a day of work or school, you just serve to make them fed up with hearing about it and they may turn against it out of spite. There are many ways to fight for what you believe, but also remember that many people just flat out get tired of hearing about it.

    On topic, both Gaga and Glee have jumped the shark. There’s a fine line between activism and preaching, and they’ve both crossed it.

  • Tor

    There’s something I don’t understand about the whole Lauren Zizes thing…why isn’t she trying to lose weight? I’m not trying to troll or be a hater, but I really don’t get it. The same with Mercedes when she sang about ignoring the doctor’s warning about diabetes. Isn’t that something she should be paying attention to? I’m really sorry if I offend anyone, but I just don’t get it.

    • Will

      Well, some people don’t feel they need to lose weight to feel good about themselves. Mercedes had an episode about that. And the best part of Lauren’s character is that she’s awesome and confident. The worst thing you can do with an overweight character is make their entire character self-deprecating and constantly trying to lose weight to fit in. This is the exact message that it’s talking about! Amber Riley is beautiful and doesn’t need to lose weight to be confident. That’s a GOOD THING. People who think every overweight person must want to be skinny and are actually confused when a fat person doesn’t actually make a point to want to lose weight have been completeley deluded by pop culture and the image of “the right body” that we get every day.

      • Tor

        I think I understand what you’re saying and admit that my own body-image issues might be affecting my judgement. Amber is lovely, but Lauren doesn’t look healthy to me. I love her confidence, and I’m not saying that everyone needs to be skinny. But thanks for the reminder!

      • Anne

        Lauren is obese. That’s nothing to be proud of.

      • Cult of Personality

        Will, the point is not that they are confident with their bodies, which is a good thing. The point is that they are unhealthy and can lead to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and numerous other complications down the line. They should strive for a HEALTHY weight.

    • Jenny L.

      Lauren is a wrestler. They get to be big, as do defensive football players.

      • Tulip

        True, but with most wrestlers and football players, much of that weight is muscle. Lauren is not muscle, she is fat. I’m glad that Glee is showing confident overweight people who don’t need to be skinny to be happy. But they should be confident people at HEALTHY weights. Lauren and Mercedes are going to have a host of health problems in their later years. Besides, Mercedes has an obvious eating disorder (tots, anyone?) and this should be addressed. Eating disorders are not just anorexia and bulimia.

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