Remembrance

07.14.13

Cory Monteith’s Best ‘Glee’ Performances

Best known for his role on the smash hit show ‘Glee,’ 31-year-old Cory Monteith was found dead Saturday in his Vancouver hotel room. To celebrate his life, enjoy some of his best performances.

 

"I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore," REO Speedwagon

A dropout with serious drug problems, Monteith turned his life around and got his big break when he submitted a video of himself singing this emotional ballad to the creators of Glee. Cast after an equally impressive in-person audition, it only seemed fitting that Finn, his character, belt out the song in the show's pilot.

 

"Don't Stop Believin'," Journey

The pilot was quite the showcase for Monteith, who shared the stage with his real-life and television girlfriend-to-be, Lea Michele, in this rendition of Journey's classic. The song became a phenomenon and propelled Glee (and, incidentally, the fictitious glee club the show documented) into the spotlight.

 

"Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars

Monteith played a high-school quarterback turned gleek, so it was only a matter of time before his stereotypically insensitive football buddies attacked one of his new-found friends. In Season 2, glee-clubber Kurt takes heat for his homosexuality and Finn (Monteith) doesn't defend him. Using Bruno Mars’s hit song to apologize, Finn makes up with Kurt and simultaneously teaches teens around the world that they're "amazing, just the way you are." In real life, Monteith was also a vocal proponent for gay rights.

 

"Man in the Mirror," Michael Jackson

Season 3 saw the expansion of the glee club's male contingent, and Finn felt threatened by some of the new members. But with a rousing performance of M.J.'s "Man in the Mirror," the boys put aside their differences and are introduced to the audience as a cohesive, dynamic force.

 

"We Are the Champions," Queen

The glee club's constant quest for Nationals (capital N) was a much-mocked part of the show, but that didn't make their Season 3 victory any less sweet for fans across the globe. Fittingly, the group celebrated with a song.

 

"Bye Bye Bye"/"I Want It That Way," N'Sync/Backstreet Boys

What would a singing show (and frankly, a 'best of' list) be without a boy-band mashup? Thankfully, Monteith's duel with Mr. Schuester provided a perfect opportunity for such a medley.

 

"Without You," David Guetta feat. Usher

Monteith's onscreen romance with costar Lea Michele wasn't hard to fake: the two actors were dating in real life as well. But now, with Monteith's passing, this rendition of "Without You" takes on a whole new meaning. "I will never be the same without you," sings Michele.