Are you ready for Glee 3.0? The show—which chronicles the life of a high school glee club in all its awkward, music-filled glory—makes its return tonight to a flurry of excitement. Creator Ryan Murphy has been frolicking around town leaking spoilers left and right since the show's last episode aired in December, and now it's time to see what's what. Blogs are weighing in with their predictions for what's to come for the McKinley High students, and we've rounded up some possible answers to the most burning Glee questions.
What epic musical numbers are going to soon be taking over our playlists?
The set list for the first episode will feature songs with the word "Hello" in the title—which means the Doors' "Hello, I Love You," courtesy of Finn, a Rachel performing rendition s of the All American Rejects' "Gives You Hell" and—what else?—Lionel Richie's "Hello." Add in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Neil Diamond's "Hello Again," and The Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye," and you have the first episode.
Next week is all about Madonna, so expect a slightly uncomfortable/raunchy cover of "Like a Virgin." A Lady Gaga-themed episode is also reportedly in the works. Question, will the cast ever go back to the simple purity of "Don't Stop Believin'"?
Will Sue Sylvester be back to torment/surprise us as head cheerleading coach? More importantly, will she finally sing?
Word on the street is that Sue is back in the blink of an eye—well, that was quick. But honestly, we're better off for it. She sulked off in defeat at the end of last season after being suspended for leading the glee club's set list, but she vowed to come back, stronger than ever. Are we ready for Jane Lynch to sing "Vogue" in episode two? Yes.
Will "Other Asian" finally get a name??
As the single most entertaining character to actually watch during the dance numbers, Harry Shum's character should finally get some real screen time (his name on the show is Mike Chang, just in case you were wondering). Plus, he sent the normally over-confident Matthew Morrison trailing off to the side with his tail between legs during their dance battle on Oprah.
And a romance roundup:
Will Finn and Rachel finally stop hiding behind forlorn glances and just get together?
Enough with the holding-hands-and-twriling-around-like-it's-a-cheesy-70s-movie bit! Fans have waited long enough and it's time to see if it's meant to be for this pair. But sources have reported that ditzy cheerleaders Brittany and Santana are out to seduce our gentle but vapid jock, while Rachel has the hots for a singer from Vocal Adrenaline, and may even rekindle her short-lived romance with Puck, fulfilling her fantasy of dating a Nice, Jewish Boy.
Will Kurt get the boyfriend he deserves?
It's about time Kurt, the most heartfelt and poignant character on the show, finds love. Apparently, we won't have to wait too long, as Ryan Murphy has been quoted saying a romance in the cards for our dear friend. "We just announced we're doing a nationwide search for the season 2 cast, and [a boyfriend for Kurt is] one of the three roles that we're adding. And we're going to make them a power couple. We're not going to do the whole hiding in the shadows thing. We're going to make them popular, and out and proud and glamorous. Like prom king and king. We're doing the opposite of what's been done."
It's also been rumored that Kurt joins the Cheerios cheerleading squad—maybe he'll find love on the basketball court?
Whatever happened to Artie and Tina? Will we ever see our favorite Glee nerd Artie take her for a romantic spin on his wheelchair??
"I can't say," says Kevin McHale, who plays Artie. Tina's fake-stutter plotline was rather bizarre and their fallout was half-baked, but their brief romance was a refreshing break from the Rachel-Finn-Quinn love triangle.
Will Puck and Quinn try to make a relationship work? Who will be by her side when she delivers the baby?
If the show's creators are keeping with real time, it's likely that the McKinley High glee club will have a new addition by the end of the season. Quinn's character development has been surprisingly truthful and heart-wrenching to watch—she got pregnant by her boyfriend's best friend, her parents disowned her, and her boyfriend dumped her when he learned the truth about the baby's father. The poor girl just needs someone's support right now. Will Puck wise up and feel some moral duty to become the father and partner he once felt he should be? Or did he ruin all his chances last season after being unable to commit to a simple baby-sitting date without texting some other girl? Strangely, almost no one is talking about Quinn's fate—they're wrapped up in the other burning questions at hand—so we'll have to actually watch the season to find out what happens to her.
Is this the end of the shrill, makes-us-want-to-pull-our-hair-out Terri? Will Emma and Mr. Schuester be able to work as a couple now that the element of forbidden love is gone?
It's doubtful that the show will be without Terri, Mr. Shue's implausibly irritating wife, but a little break would be a welcome change. So, without her in the picture, will Emma and Mr. Shue finally be able to live out their secret love? Or will her neuroses and his cockiness finally shine through the blinders, leaving both wondering what was even really there to begin with? This is another question that's largely unaddressed by the spoilers on blogs, so we'll be watching for the answer.