Without question, some of our favorite episodes have always been competition ones. Sectionals, Regionals, Nationals, Miss Universe - we love them all! Mostly, because Ryan Murphy and Co. save their best musical performances for the big occassion and next week's winter finale (waaah!) is no exception.
Aside from the New Directions mashing the hell out of Nicki Minaj and R. Kelly for a fly remix of Minajesty's single and the iconic I Can Believe I Can Fly, but the Warblers are singing two songs (including the long awaited tribute to The Wanted), Darren Criss takes on Young The Giant, and Lea Michele returns with a solo from Halestorm. Granted, she cleans up the lyrics a little bit, but it's still pretty damn bad ass!
You can hear Lea's solo on Here's To Us in the video (above), then CLICK THE JUMP to hear the rest of the incredible music.
According to Richie, she often sees magazines praising her for overcoming the cray cray times of her youth. We're talking multiple arrests, rehab, and a headlines-making stint on the Simple Life, people!
While the mom of two feels pride for her recent accomplishments, she's not going to forget about the mistakes which led her to this happy place. Richie's colorful history is what made her who she is today, after all!