Glee has taken on The King of Pop in small doses before, but when new episodes return mid-January Michael Jackson will dominate an entire episode of the Fox show. The McKinley gang has paid tribute to other pop icons before in full episodes, including Madonna and Britney Spears, but the sheer number of songs rumored to be in the MJ episode eclipses all other tributes.The only off limits numbers are previous Jackson hits that have made waves on Glee — “Thriller” from last year’s Super Bowl episode, “P.Y.T” from last year and “Man In The Mirror” from Sectionals this year.
Before the gang went on a holiday hiatus cast members Tweeted pictures and video of the recording of the episode, which pits New Directions against The Dalton Academy Warblers, fronted by devious Sebastian who is still seemingly set on getting in Blaine’s pants and breaking up the holy union of Klaine, as well as defeating McKinley at regionals. According to the rumored set list, solos are spread out across many of the Glee kids, with Finn and Rachel duetting on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” while newly together and out Brittnay and Santana take on “In the Closet.” And true to storyline, it looks like Blaine, Kurt and Sebastian will all have stand-out solos.
See the rumored full set list and who is singing what below:
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ” (Blaine)
“Bad” (the New Directions and the Warblers)
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (Finn and Rachel)
“Smooth Criminal” (Santana and Sebastian)
“Never Can Say Goodbye” (Quinn)
“In the Closet” (Brittany and Santana)
“We Are the World” (the New Directions and the Warblers)
“Black and White” (Puck)
“Ghost”/”Monster” (New Directions)
“Beat It”/”Billie Jean” (Warblers)
“The Way You Make Me Feel” (Kurt)
“Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (Artie)
’Glee’ Michael Jackson Episode: Rumored Set List Leaks [MTV]