An a cappella girl group covers Usher’s hit for Nationals in next week’s episode.
By Aly Semigran
During this week’s episode of “Glee”, the gang from New Directions took a big risk when they decided they would compete in Nationals by singing their own original songs. Well, the stakes just got a little higher.
MTV News has an exclusive first listen to one of the rival groups who will go up against the McKinley High glee club in New York City during next Tuesday’s (May 24) big season two finale. In the upcoming episode, an all-female a cappella group sings Usher‘s 2004 club and radio smash “Yeah!,” which may have the Nationals judges saying just that.
Singers replace synthesizers for the four-note melody that repeats throughout the song, and lead vocalists RaVaughn Brown and Missi Hale match the high energy that Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris brought to the track.
Granted, a few things have been tweaked in the version for the tween-friendly show, including the length (the original is over four minutes long, while the “Glee” version comes in at three and a half minutes) and the tune’s instructions to “Take that and rewind it back … got the rhythm make ya booty go.”
Also, instead of Ludacris’ verse, “We want a lady in the street/ And a freak in the bed,” one girl sings, “You know you want a kiss on the lips, old red.” The line, “Ludacris fill cups like double D’s” has also been cut from the song.
But, it’s not all PG. At one point in the girls’ rendition of the track, they page homage to Lil Jon’s crunk hit “Get Low,” singing, “From the windows to the walls” and even Mystikal’s booty-happy single “Shake Ya Ass,” when they urge, “Show me whatcha’ workin’ with.”
At the 2005 Grammy Awards, the power trio of Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Yeah!” But, will the song bring the same sort of fortune to this girl group at Nationals? Or will the glory all belong to New Directions this time? Gleeks will still have to wait a few more days to find out.
The “Glee” season finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox, while “Glee”: The Music, Volume 6, including the three new original songs “Light Up the World,” “Pretending” and “As Long as You’re There,” will be available on Monday.
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