‘Glee’ Honors Cory Monteith Again in Surprise Tribute


It was the saddest Nationals yet.

The New Directions took the stage in Tuesday’s episode of “Glee,” where they surprised both the show’s audience and Finn Hudson’s (Cory Monteith) mom and stepfather with a set list comprised of Hudson’s favorite songs.

The glee club dedicated their entire performance to Hudson, and closed with U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

“This was Finn’s favorite song,” a teary-eyed Carole Hudson-Hummel (Romy Rosemont) told Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley). “They’re singing all of his favorite songs.”

As the New Directions sang their hearts out in the moving performance, TV audiences watched flashbacks of Hudson’s most memorable moments on Fox’s musical series, from him singing in the shower to a tender moment between him and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison).

At the end of the song, Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) proudly held up Hudson’s drumsticks.

Monteith died in July of last year at 31. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy previously paid tribute to him with an entire episode dedicated to the death of his character.

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  1. jakibros says:

    I have conflicting emotions over the tribute. The part I most distinctly disagree with is “Finns favorite” songs. If we hadn’t been led by the nose by Carole, we would never have associated those songs as Finn’s favorites. Those songs didn’t even come close to Finns character. He was a Journey fan. Coming to America… really??

  2. sdg says:

    I agree with Audrey. When I was in band in high school, one of our student leaders unexpectedly died of an aneurysm right after a competition. We remembered, thought and spoke of him all year and the year after. Grief doesn’t have a timeline – you deal with it as best you can. Eventually, the hurt begins to fade and you are able to remember the good memories. I think that’s what Glee is trying to do now.

  3. S. says:

    They are milking his death with a passion…

    • Willis says:

      My brother died in 2010 and it’s still very difficult, we honour him as much as we can. You’re right about one thing, there’s passion involved, passionate people who are dearly missing their cast mate and friend.

      I don’t know what your life has entailed but when you lose someone you never “move on” in a way that puts it behind you. You merely survive your way through life. There are good moments ahead for sure, grief doesn’t have a monopoly on the human heart but understand, this is not milking it at all. You could never over-do a tribute to a departed loved one.

    • Audrey says:

      I would actually argue that they’re not. In the storyline of the show, this made perfect sense. If a show choir lost a director or assistant director like that, it would be natural to remember and honor them at a competition that they should have been at. They did it in a very touching and tasteful way.

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