He may not steal the show, but let's face it -- without Mr. Schuester, the McKinley High Glee club wouldn't even exist. He may technically be somewhat of a has-been (or maybe a never-was), be surprisingly unlucky in the lady department, and he's full of tiresome weekly lessons that the Gleeks usually think are a total drag, but he always has the best intentions in mind for New Directions. We can't fault the guy for his undying determination to make the Glee Club the best it can be! And don't be fooled by his ridiculously preppy teacher duds -- he's hiding a major 8-pack under his collared shirts and wool vests -- and I've got to say, he's way hotter than any teacher I've ever had (no offense to the faculty at my alma mater). But among all the admirable qualities that make Will Schuester a great Glee leader, what really makes us love him most is his musical talent. Smooth vocal stylings, unbridled enthusiasm, daring dance moves, borderline cheesiness that somehow comes off as totally adorable -- he's like one of those dudes that are too cute to be straight... except he IS! We like to fondly think of him as a slightly dweebier Justin Timberlake... and we mean that in the most attractive way possible. Without further ado, in honor of tomorrow night's season 1 finale, here are our 10 favorite Will Schuester performances on Glee that have made us fall more and more in love with him, one cover at a time...
1. Gold Digger
In Showmance, Mr. Schuester gives the Glee kids the kind of music they want to perform! I don't know if it was due to the shock of Will's uncanny ability to rap or the relief that he had finally given up trying to make the kids perform "Le Freak," but this goes down as one of his epic early performances!
While the season's guest star performances have had their ups and downs, Kristin Chenoweth kicked off the cameos on a high note. In The Rhodes Not Taken, she performs a stellar duet with Mr. Schue, proving they have great performance chemistry both on-screen and on the soundtrack!
3. Bust A Move
Like with "Gold Digger," Will continues to show he's hiding some hip hop flavor despite his buttoned-up appearance in Mash-Up. This time around, he even has the breakdancing moves to back it up!
4. Endless Love
Personality-wise, Mr. Schuester and Rachel Berry probably would have made a nightmarish couple (not to mention a wholly inappropriate one). But vocally, they make sweet, sweet music together as they show the rest of New Directions how it's done in Ballad.
It was only a matter of time before he had to set the record straight and tell love-struck Rachel Berry to back off. He can't expect to look that good and sing that well and not have the underage ladies all over him! Unfortunately, it seemed to have the reverse effect -- both on Rachel and his fans!
6. Thong Song
If you thought Thong Song was the least romantic song ever, think again. Will Schuester makes Sisqo's disastrous hit into a song worth swooning over in Mash-Up. Emma certainly did.
He can get down and dirty while singing about thongs, but he has a sensitive side too, of course! I loved the guys' take on Madonna's for-the-ladies anthem, especially with Mr. Schue taking the lead.
Leave it to Will & the spring season's return of April Rhodes to freshen up Bruce Springsteen's 80s hit "Fire" in the otherwise slightly disappointing episode Home. It was so cutesie, it almost made us forget how mad we were that he messed things up with Emma! Almost.
9. Dream On
Aside from having some rather unexpected rapping skills, Will's got the chops to hit some serious high notes to boot. That's a tough song to sing, and he definitely held his own with guest star Neil Patrick Harris in Dream On.
In Funk, Sue Sylvester may have done an admirable job at hiding her interest when Will attempted to seduce her, but I was much less successful at keeping my cool. I mean... not many people can move their rear like that. That is some serious talent right there, my friend.
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