I honestly could not put a number on the amount of covers Glee did throughout its six-season run, but there were a lot. And not all of them were absolute bangers like Glee‘s spin on Adele‘s ‘Rumour Has It’ / ‘Someone Like You’. Some just absolutely SUCKED, and former stars like Darren Criss are highly aware of that.
Criss, who starred as one Blaine Anderson on the series, was asked what he thinks is the “worst cover ever performed on Glee” during an appearance on the podcast LadyGang.
If you thought he wouldn’t give an answer, think again.
“Oof, that’s too hard, there’s too many, like, versions of songs,” he said. “Did I just accidentally say they’re all bad? What I meant was there’s too many options to choose from.”
Podcast co-host Becca Tobin, who also starred on Glee, explained that there were many times when the cast would receive a script and go: “Hmm, they ran out of money on this episode.”
Anyway, so Criss picked the song that is “conventionally understood” to be the worst Glee cover ever – a “huge oops”, as he put it.
“Me being the fucking happy go lucky fart that I am, I enjoyed it because I thought it was so absurd,” he prefaced.
‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’ by Ylvis, of course.
This particular cover, which Tobin described as like “an acid trip that wouldn’t end”, happened in season 5, episode 7. There were muppets and bushes and dry ice in this performance. It was, uh, something else.
Have at it.
You can see the pain in everyone’s eyes.
“It was so weird,” Criss said of the scene.
“It was one of these 15 minutes of fame for this song and they just decided to put it into the show.
“I had fun because it was ridiculous. But we were so deep into the show, we were like fourth or fifth season, and we were so delirious from the absurdity of it.”
Imagine doing this on a Friday arvo, I’d be feverish.
“The more absurd it is, the funnier it is to me,” Criss added. “So I’m sure there were people who were like, ‘What the fuck is this?’ and I was like, ‘I know, right?!'”
What the fuck, indeed.