By George Loomis
The good folks at “Glee” have already given us doses of pop icons Madonna and Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears is up next in season 2. So, many would argue it’s only fair that the following episode dedication go to the man who invented pop in the first place. You heard me: the next big name in music to get the “Glee” treatment could be … Michael Jackson.
“That would be pretty cool,” Matthew Morrison (aka Will Schuester) exclaimed, addressing the rumors that an MJ episode is being planned. “He is probably the best and most iconic performer in the history of music,” he added.
And Matthew wasn’t the only “Glee” star we asked about MJ last night at the Teen Choice Awards. Jenna Ushkowitz — known by Gleeks as Tina Cohen-Chang — agreed that, though a challenge, portraying Michael Jackson on the show would be incredible. “That’s a scary, scary episode to do,” she told MTV News. “[But] that would be absolutely amazing.”
As for having “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Adam Shankman onboard to helm at least one episode, Tina affirmed how pleased the cast is to watch Adam take charge. “We’re so excited to have Adam. He’s incredible,” she declared. “The more dance episodes we have, the better.” Tina’s pick for a potential Adam-directed MJ episode? “‘Beat it,’” she said, like it was a no-brainer.
“Hey, I would love to do a Michael Jackson episode,” resident showstopper Amber Riley (Mercedes) chimed in. Asked which Michael numbers she wouldn’t want left out, she clarified, “You know, it’s so many, but my favorite song by him is ‘Human Nature.’ I love that song.”
“All I know is I should be able to do some Michael, please,” star dancer Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) begged. “I’m excited to dive in there and make some magic.” Heather Morris, known for portraying dumb cheerleader Brittany, was equally thrilled by the idea. “I’m excited to see what [show creator] Ryan Murphy could do with ‘Bad.’ Whatever they’re gonna do, it’s gonna be hysterical.”
Do you approve of the “Glee” cast’s premature Michael picks, and what MJ classics would YOU want included in the episode?