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What would Madonna do (WWMD) on “Glee”?

April 21, 2010

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Tuesday night’s much-hyped homage to “the most powerful woman ever to walk the face of the earth” on Fox’s breakout hit show, Glee, was all about asking, “What would Madonna do?”

(Acerbic cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester’s response: “Well, the answer to that question would normally be: date a younger man.”)

The episode highlighted nearly three decades of the Material Girl’s music, looks and influence on pop culture and was filled with the show’s traditional one-line zingers. Actor Corey Monteith (Finn Hudson) tweeted that the rumor was that Madonna herself watched the episode with creator, Ryan Murphy.

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The theme was all about empowerment and what better role model than Madonna for everything from women’s equality (a slick “Express Yourself” number by the girls) to self-image (a frame-by-frame Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) tribute to the 1990 video “Vogue”).

It also featured a triple storyline on being touched for the very first time (need we spell out which song that was set to?).  As Cheerios Brittany explained, “The way to get a man to follow you forever? Take his virginity. Madonna wrote a song about it.”

Finn (the “younger man”) gave himself to the very experienced fellow Glee club member Santana; Rachel struggled over whether to do the same with her new love interest and the lead singer of rival Glee club, Vocal Adrenaline; and guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury tried to overcome her obsession with cleanliness and give herself to teacher Will Schuester.

Too much, you say? Roughly 13.5 million viewers didn’t think so and tuned in to watch.

With seven performance songs plus a non-stop flow of Madonna belting through the hallways of McKinley High, did the episode live up to the anticipation or was it too much song and dance, not enough storytelling? What were your favorite numbers, one-liners, moments?

Caption: (Top) The girls of New Directions perform in “The Power of Madonna” episode of GLEE on FOX. Pictured L-R: Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Dianna Agron and Naya Rivera. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Yarish/FOX

(Bottom) Kurt (Chris Colfer, R) and Mercedes (Amber Riley, L) join the Cheerios! in “The Power of Madonna” episode of GLEE on FOX. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Yarish/FOX

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