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King of Pop’s takeover leads to some head-scratching song choices.
By Jim Cantiello
<P>”Glee” paid tribute to Michael Jackson during Tuesday night’s episode and, shockingly, kept the story moving along in the midst of several MJ-inspired musical numbers. Kurt, Rachel and Quinn all received great news about college, Rachel finally accepted Finn’s proposal and evil Sebastian’s plot to harm Kurt with a doctored slushee backfired when Blaine took the hit for his boyfriend. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”‘Glee’-Cap: Michael Jackson Takes Over McKinley High” id=”vid:730282.id:1671179″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Yet the forced “all Michael, all the time” song selection led to some head-scratching scenes including Kurt, Rachel and Finn serenading an injured Blaine with Jackson’s love song to a rat, “Ben,” and two different music-video re-enactments only appealed to Jackson superfans. The rest of us can enjoy my latest “Glee-cap”! Hit play on the embedded video and sing along with these lyrics. </P><P> </P><P>”Glee,” “Glee” ‘s really hit the skids<br> </P><P>MJ would have loved all the singing kids </P><P> </P><P>Time for a tribute<br> </P><P>Veiled as a dispute<br> </P><P>They all imitate<br> </P><P>Michael’s vocal takes </P><P> </P><P>Wish they didn’t try<br> </P><P>To simply ape his sigh<br> </P><P>I guess “Glee” got paid<br> </P><P>In tickets to <a href=”http://newsroom.mtv.com/2011/12/07/jackson-family-and-crew-talk-about-new-cirque-du-soleil-show-michael-jackson-immortal/”>Cirque du Soleil</a> </P><P> </P><P>It’s bad! It’s bad! Come on! </P><P> </P><P>Oh, pointless themed episodes<br> </P><P>Make me push fast-forward on my TiVo </P><P> </P><P>Artie’s “Scream” remake<br> </P><P>Complete with head shakes<br> </P><P>Tired of getting dissed<br> </P><P>Mike Chang’s now his sis? </P><P> </P><P>Warblers fight for songs<br> </P><P>No prob doing wrong<br> </P><P>They’re all blindly cruel<br> </P><P>Since Blaine left their school </P><P> </P><P>Quinn sang goodbye to every ex<br> </P><P>Have a seat, this’ll take awhile<br> </P><P>(She’s had lots of sex)<br> </P><P>Quinn got into Yale<br> </P><P>And I’m all, “How?” <br> </P><P>Then got distracted by Damian’s hyper eyebrows </P><P> </P><P>They’re bad! They’re bad! Relax them! <br> </P><P>If you don’t, I will come wax them! </P><P> </P><P>Slutpig tried to slushee Kurt<br> </P><P>But Blaine got in the way<br> </P><P>Left him needing surgery<br> </P><P>How dare you hurt my gay! <br> </P><P>Despite Blaine’s cute eye patch<br> </P><P>Kurt is hungry for revenge<br> </P><P>But that’s a different better show on ABC, my friend </P><P> </P><P>”Glee,” drop the shtick, you’re better than this<br> </P><P>Forcing Jackson songs is just as bad as this forced kiss<br> </P><P>Just because you can afford it doesn’t mean it has worth<br> </P><P>Unless you’re trying to give me nightmares<br> </P><P>In that case, it worked </P><P> </P><P>No more bells and whistles, please<br> </P><P>Clever songs are all you need<br> </P><P>I get it, Ryan Murphy, Blaine had to bleed<br> </P><P>So <a href=”/news/articles/1676997/darren-crisis-how-to-succeed-in-business.jhtml”>Darren could star in “How to Succeed”</a> </P><P> </P><P>But making Kurt and Finchel sing “Ben” to Blaine<br> </P><P>Is the very definition of insane<br> </P><P>I hope next week they get it right<br> </P><P>With no stupid guests hogging “Glee” ‘s spotlight </P><P> </P><P>[<i>Cue clip of next week’s episode starring Ricky Martin</i>] </P><P> </P><P>Whoops! </P><P> </P><P><i>What did you think of this week’s “Glee”? Let us know in the comments!</i></p>
- Michael Jackson
Meanwhile, Paula Abdul has been absent from the set since her final group was eliminated last week.
By Jim Cantiello
<P><i>MTV News’ own Jim Cantiello is exclusively covering “The X Factor” rehearsals. Read on for his fly-on-the-wall backstage report!</i> </P><P> </P><P><b>LOS ANGELES</b> — “The X Factor” top seven are back on the lot after their first (and only) mini-vacation of the season. And as the Thanksgiving tryptophan wears off, the anxiety of another double elimination is setting in. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”‘X Factor’ Star Astro Teases His Michael Jackson Song Night Performance” id=”vid:714741″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Adding to the stress? “The X Factor” is tackling the songs of <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/jackson_michael/artist.jhtml”>Michael Jackson</a> on Wednesday night (November 30), on the 29th anniversary of <i>Thriller</i>’s release, no less. </P><P> </P><P>One of the contestants is so stressed over the theme he’s emerged as a total perfectionist. During Monday’s rehearsals, he had already nixed multiple arrangements the show had provided him. “This is the most unprepared I’ve felt on a Monday,” he said to his mentor as they rushed out of Stage 36. There was a camera crew chasing them to capture the drama — as well as the ensuing late-night emergency meeting with the vocal coaches — so don’t be surprised if some of this intense footage ends up in your living room. (This afternoon’s dress rehearsal went swimmingly, for the record.) </P><P> </P><P>Meanwhile, one contestant had a full-on battle with his/her mentor over a chair. The mentor said, “Sit and sing.” The contestant said, “Again?! How about I do something on my feet for Michael Jackson week?” Another mentor came to the defense of the contestant. In the end, the contestant is sitting after all. Don’t worry, contestant. The eerie arrangement of an MJ classic is what folks are going to be buzzing about. No one will care if you sit or stand. In the control room, I spied one of the bigwigs utter the word “brilliant!” after the contestant’s dress rehearsal. </P><P> </P><P>Another hot topic: wardrobe! When paying homage to one of the biggest music icons ever, it’s tempting for the stylists to include clothing nods to Michael’s various looks. But several singers are worried they’ll look too much like Jackson impersonators, which has caused many a headache in the wardrobe trailer. But stylist June Ambrose is still able to keep things light in the midst of the drama. While waiting around for a contestant’s last-minute fitting, she started an impromptu MJ dance party on the lot. Crotch grabs and “woo” included! </P><P> </P><P>Lastly, Paula Abdul’s sunny energy has been noticeably absent on the CBS lot now that all her groups have been eliminated. She went from being the most hands-on mentor to an on-set ghost. “The X Factor” family can’t wait to welcome her back for her first live show as strictly a judge. What do you think she’s been doing with her newfound free time? </P><P> </P><P><b>You can catch Jim on the “X Factor Pepsi Pre-Show,” streaming at 7 p.m. ET tonight on <a href=”http://www.thexfactorusa.com/” target=”_blank”>TheXFactorUSA.com</a>!</b></p>
- Michael Jackson