While the actual Adele won’t be singing for a while as she recovers from throat surgery, Glee will be paying tribute to the songstress with a “Rumor Has It / Someone Like You” mash-up in next week’s episode.
Previous attempts at Adele on the show have been hit or miss, but in the capable hands of Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Naya Rivera (Santana) it’s one of the best numbers Glee has done this season, and maybe ever. While Riley takes the lead on most of the “Rumor Has It” lines, Rivera pours her soul into the “Someone Like You” half. The pair are performing as the front women of the all-girls Troubletones, and while the all-boys Dalton Warblers were the collective obsession last season, we think these ladies are ruling Season 3. The staging of the pieces is flawless, perhaps speaking to what a better coach Shelby is then Will (can she just take over New Directions?) and alludes to something amiss in the world of Britney and Santana, who seemed to just get their act together as a couple two episodes ago. Santana’s longing looks at Brit as they dance around each other, and Mercedes clear concern and support keep us on the edge of our seats for this Tuesday to find out the fate of our favorite high school lesbians.