Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Glee, Season 1 - Thunderclap Awards

Photo courtesy of Fox

After spending a year with our favorite gleeks in New Directions, it's time to pass out the 2009-2010 yearbook, or, as it is called at William McKinley High School, the Thunderclap. The best part of any yearbook, of course, is the superlatives section - and here it is.

As always, these decisions were not easy. The fall and spring superlatives were taken into consideration, and a few new categories have been added.

Best Group Number:
  • Winner: Don't Stop Believin' - The one that started it all. The one we sang all summer. I hate to use the word "iconic," but....
  • Runner-Up: Somebody to Love - Five episodes in, it kept audiences coming back for more and solidified how amazing these performers can be.
  • Honorable Mention: Bad Romance - The ultimate display of theatricality, and you have to give credit to Chris Colfer for dancing in those 10-inch heels!
Best Mash-Up:
  • Winner: Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - The song that had us believing New Directions could pull off a win at Regionals. Obsessed with the use of "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" as a callback to Finn's flashback in the pilot episode.
  • Runner-Up: Halo/Walking on Sunshine - There's a reason the girls won the mash-up competition. Performance-enhancing drugs aside, they rocked it.
  • Honorable Mention: It's My Life/Confessions Pt. 2 - Of course, even though the girls won doesn't mean the guys were far behind. One of Artie's first moments in the spotlight, and you have to love how macho the guys tried to be.
Best Ballad:
  • Winner: Keep Holding On - An under-appreciated song of the season, it was far better than the original and a touching moment in the beginning of Quinn's season-long pregnancy.
  • Runner-Up: Faithfully - Bringing Journey back full throttle, New Directions took Regionals by storm with this power ballad. I dare you not to smile when the curtain lifts revealing the rest of the group.
  • Honorable Mention: Alone - Yes, after being snubbed in the fall superlatives, the fantastic Will/April duet finally makes the list.
Best Diva Moment:
  • Winner: Don't Rain on My Parade - Chills every time. Whether it's on the show, on the tour or at the Tony Awards, Lea Michele delivers this song with awe-inspiring passion.
  • Runner-Up: Rose's Turn - The second half of the season arguably belonged to Kurt, and this song is all the proof you need to see why.
  • Honorable Mention: And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going - You know the second you heard Mercedes belt out "Respect" in the pilot you wanted her to sing this song. And she sang it with more power and heart than we could have ever asked for.
Best Duet:
  • Winner: I Dreamed a Dream - It's as if "On My Own" in the pilot was a foreshadowing to this tour de force duet by two of Broadway's giants. Magical in every way.
  • Runner-Up: Dream On - A close second, director Joss Whedon brought out the best of Will and Bryan Ryan in this vocal cage fight.
  • Honorable Mention: Defying Gravity - Kurt's first moment in the spotlight, and this pairing with Rachel was a truly magical moment.
Best Dance Number:
  • Winner: Vogue - Move for move, shot for shot... a perfect homage to Madonna by one of Glee's most valuable players.
  • Runner-Up: Safety Dance - As wheelchair-bound Artie, Kevin McHale probably didn't expect to show off his incredible dance moves. Thank goodness for fantasy dream sequences! The added touch of the flash mob in the mall was brilliant.
  • Honorable Mention: Push It - Ooo baby baby, this was a prime example of Glee's fantastic oddball sense of humor. How did more kids not want to join New Directions?!
Most Awkward Number:
  • Winner: Thong Song - This was the ultimate worst of all of Will's rapping shenanigans this season. We can only pray it goes away in Season 2.
  • Runner-Up: (You're) Having My Baby - As soon as Finn hit 'play' on the stereo at the Fabray's Sunday dinner table, we all wanted desperately to yell "STOP!"
  • Honorable Mention:  U Can't Touch This - Oh, those crafty glee kids. They thought singing in the library in parachute pants was sure to get them a badass reputation around school. I just cried.
So what do you think? Are you going to cherish this yearbook forever like Rachel or scribble obscenities and mustaches all over it like Santana and Brittany? Are you happy "Push It" and "Alone" were finally recognized or are you fuming that your favorite song did not make the list? Sound off in the comments, gleeks!
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