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Hollywood Reporter: 10 things to know about ‘Choke’


1. Puck (Mark Salling) is thisclose to not making the grade and graduating and gets a peek at his future from his father that prompts him to work harder.

2. The mohawked one uses music, naturally, to help him vent his frustrations and … study, getting a solo on Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” and with the New Directions guys taking on My Fair Lady’s “The Rain in Spain,” both below.

3. Rachel and Kurt audition for NYADA’s Carmen (Goldberg), an intimidating presence and herself a former Broadway star. One decides to take a risk, the other plays it safe.

4. The NYADA hopefuls each have solos — Kurt takes on “Not the Boy Next Door” from The Boy From Oz, while Rachel performs Kelly Clarkson’s “Cry” — which may or may not be their audition songs.

5. The Trouble Tones are back (with Tina!) — and living up to their name, which prompts two performances — Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango” and Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out” — both elicit completely different responses.

6. Roz (Nene Leakes) and Sue (Jane Lynch) … agree and work together on something, but that doesn’t stop the barbs between the rivals from flying fast and hilariously furious.

7. There are lots of tears of sadness in the episode — and more than one person will cry

8. Tina has more to do and the mysterious Phantom of the Opera photo is explained, but the Phantom isn’t who you’d expect.

9. Dot Marie Jones proves again why she got this.

10. The prom talks are already beginning for Mike, Tina and Brittany — who, as student body president, has a doozy of an idea for the theme.



Glee Sneak Peek: Rachel preparing for her audition (tumblr embed)

'Glee' scoop: Details on next week's emotional, pivotal episode 'Choke'


As we get closer to the May 22 season finale of Glee, the stakes are getting higher, which is evident in next week’s episode, “Choke.” EW got an early look at the hilarious, but also emotional hour, which finds Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) auditioning for NYADA (in the form of guest-star Whoopi Goldberg, who does a great, subdued turn). For Gleeks, this episode is a pivotal one since this is what the high schoolers, especially Rachel, have been working towards for the last three years and it does not disappoint. Both actors, especially a poignant Michele, deliver stellar performances. I don’t want to give away too much but—SPOILER ALERT—here are a few other teases…

  • Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) returns but has her own domestic drama to deal with; Jones is totally heartbreaking.
  • Sue (Jane Lynch) and Roz (Nene Leakes) have a sit down meeting that is laugh out loud funny (Sue refers to Roz and Beiste as “Black Sue” and “John Goodman,” respectively).
  • Kurt does a slambang cover of “The Boy Next Door” from The Boy from Oz, all while wearing some very tight, gold lame pants. That boy can kick!
  • Puck (Mark Salling) has a big storyline about whether or not he’ll be able to graduate (turns out he’s not the best student), which leads to fairly epic cover of “School’s Out” that culminates on the McKinley football field.
  • To help tutor Puck in geography, the New Direction boys perform a rocking version of “The Rain in Spain” from My Fair Lady.
  • Santana (Naya Rivera), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Brittany (Heather Morris), and Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) do covers of both “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago and a stripped down version of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out.”
  • Blaine (Darren Criss) gives Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) hair tips.
  • Sam (Chord Overstreet) is in a tank top. :)
  • Rachel caps the episode with a soaring take on Kelly Clarkson’s “Cry.”


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Spectacular May Sweeps/Finale Spoilers on Glee, House, Bones, Fringe, New Girl and More!

May 1: “Choke”
Rachel and Kurt finally get to audition for NYADA, but their nerves are rattled when they find out it’s for the dean (guest star Whoopi Goldberg). Meanwhile, Coach Beiste reveals a secret, and Sue Sylvester and Coach Roz lend a helping hand.

May 8: “Prom-asaurus”
Brittany goes into high gear as class president to spearhead the prom. Then, after prom king and queen nominations are announced, the kids kick into campaign mode, and some of the outcasts organize a rival celebration.

May 15: “Props” and Title TBD (Two back-to-back episodes)
As the countdown to graduation continues, New Directions prepares a high-concept routine for Nationals. When Tina bumps her head, the world of New Directions is turned upside down in her eyes. Then in the second episode, the NDs perform at Nationals for celebrity judge Lindsay Lohan (guest-starring as herself).

May 22: Title TBD (Season Finale)
In the Season 3 finale, graduation is finally here, as McKinley High’s class of 2012 looks to the past and present, while contemplating their future.

GLEE: Blaine (Darren Criss) watches Kurt perform in the “Choke” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, May 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mike Yarish/FOX    

Darren Criss: Graduation on Glee Doesn't Necessarily Mean Goodbye

Darren Criss, who is not leaving Glee to host The X Factor, is very excited for graduation. While gleeks sweat it out over who may or may not be coming back next season, Criss is sitting pretty, seemingly unworried about what could potentially be a gut-wrenching send-off, a tearful sayonara, an abrupt peace-out to some of the show’s original cast members.

Yes, Criss’ Blaine is a junior, but the actor says he doesn’t see the finale — which has not yet been written — as a goodbye at all. “This goes back to the beginning of the season where everyone was in a huff about people graduating and leaving, but I don’t think it’s a matter of saying goodbye so much as it is about moving on,” he told TVGuide.com. “It’s about having a departure point and having grown into another person from the person you were when you started high school.”

"[Series boss] Ryan Murphy is a big believer in the idea that high school is a machine where you come in as one person and you exit another,” Criss continued. “This last season is more about growing and learning new things and being a new person and bringing that to the next step in your life. I don’t think it’s a hard-fact farewell per se as it is cathartic change and the beginning of a new chapter. You have every conceivable kind of plot point that could yield those changes between [Finn and Rachel’s] engagement, Quinn’s car accident… so many things that are yielding new life.”

And before we get to cap-and-gown day, there is still Nationals! Disco! Whitney Houston! Prom! We asked Criss to tease the three stories he’s most looking forward to:

Blaine and Kurt get serious about New York. You’d think that Rachel was the only member of New Directions planning to head East given the lack of talk between Kurt and Blaine about Kurt’s post-grad future. Is Klaine’s love so strong that there won’t even be a question about committing to a long-distance relationship? Is Blaine in denial about Kurt leaving Lima to enroll in the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYADA)? Real talk is on its way! “That’s coming up for sure,” Criss said. “Those are the biggest stakes for Kurt and Blaine and that’s something they’re about to learn to deal with.” Needless to say, Blaine will be supportive though, right? “Who knows? I have no idea. It’s going to involve music, I can tell you that!”

Prom, Take 2! Last year, prom didn’t go so well for Kurt, who was unexpectedly voted prom queen by his idiot classmates. This time, things are going to be a lot less dramatic for the couple. “It’s a dinosaur-themed prom because Brittany is class president and she’s managed to get her wacky ways through,” Criss said. “Kurt and Blaine obviously didn’t want a do-over of last time, so they’re going to take matters into their own hands. They’re going to do something very different to make sure it doesn’t happen that way again.”

It’s all about… Finn! Finn? Yeah, Finn! “Whereas Kurt and Rachel have the NYADA thing, which is an exciting next step, I like that Finn’s future is a little bit more uncertain. As a fan of the show, I’m curious to see what happens for him,” Criss said. “He’s pretty interesting. One of my jokes — something that never seems to be acknowledged — is that Finn happens to be an extraordinary percussionist. It’s never addressed! He’s always like, ‘I don’t have any talents,’ and I’m always thinking, well, he’s a really good drummer, he should consider doing that!”