Gaga’s freaky and theatrical nature is a perfect fit for Glee – a show where almost every major character has or had a mask at some point. Last night’s episode did advertise itself as being Gaga-centric, and only contained two performances of her songs. (Although “Speechless” was played in the background, which would have been a perfect song for Kurt to sing when his father confronts Finn for using a gay-slur.)
During the performance of “Bad Romance”, I’m not surprised they took out the word “bitch”, but I am surprised they kept “the bluffin’ with my muffin,” line from “Poker Face”. The “Bad Romance” segment only proved (as Christinia Aguilera has found out) that the over-the-top costumes and gags come naturally to Gaga, and imitations fall flat no matter how hard a performer might try. But it was pretty cool to see all of the kids dress up in different versions of Gaga as Will tells his students, “Each costume shows off a different side of your personality.”
It was also pretty hilarious to see the guys don Kiss make-up on stage and for my money perform better than the real Kiss. (It’s much more entertaining to see high school kids dance around fire-balls than 60 year old men.) But the absolute highlight of the show was Rachel Berry and rival to the Glee Club, Shelby Corcoran(recently revealed to be her biological mother) sing a piano version of “Poker Face” (which has its inspiration in Gaga’s own piano version which was sampled on the Kid Cudi single “Make Her Say). Somehow (pronouns excluded) a song about a girl bluffing to he man r that she likes when she really likes chicks, becomes a song about a lonely teenage girl and her estranged mother covering up their true emotions to each other.
(Just a observation – and maybe I’m out of touch on this – but does anyone still really believe Gaga is a dude?)