"Glee" is getting ready to return to Fox with the rest of season five, but fans are now being given the chance to hear a previously unreleased track featuring Cory Monteith. He died in 2013. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Hypable shared the audio for a group performance of "Seasons of Love." The song was also included in the tribute episode for Monteith that aired soon after season five began, but an earlier version of the song was recorded by the cast when Monteith was still alive.
The cover of the song including Monteith was recorded and never used on the Fox series. Hypable revealed that the song was recorded for use during season three, and it features most of the original cast, including Lea Michele, Amber Riley, and Dianna Argon.
"Seasons of Love" is a popular from song from "Rent" on Broadway. The song was discussed as a possibility for the series since it began, but it was reserved. The song was recorded and never used. When Ryan Murphy and those involved with the series had the difficult task of paying tribute to Monteith during "The Quarterback" earlier this season, it felt like the right time for the series to pull the song in for a performance.
The tribute performance included many members of the original cast and the new additions performing the song on stage before a photo of Finn is shown in the background. Lea Michele was missing from the performance.
What do you think? Would you have wanted this song to have appeared on the series when recorded? Or was it right to hold it back? "Glee" will return to Fox on Feb. 25.