By Steve Spears, Times Staff Writer
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Five favorite songs from Part 1
DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' (Journey): Sure, you're tired of it now maybe. But it launched Glee on the path to fame and has sold a bajillion copies on iTunes.
DEFYING GRAVITY (From Wicked): The perfect song for a sing-off that's loosely based on a real-life experience by actor Chris Colfer (Kurt), who wasn't allowed to sing the tune in high school because it was written for a female's voice.
DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE (From Funny Girl): Life's candy and the sun's a ball of "budda" when Rachel channels Streisand during sectionals.
CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING (REO Speedwagon): Attention, '80s arena rock bands. Your channel for redemption is here. Just land a song on Glee.
POISON (Bell Biv DeVoe): Seriously, are we the only ones out there missing the vocal power of Mr. Schu and the Acafellas?
Five guest stars to look for
IDINA MENZEL: Broadway stars are big with Glee, so the face behind Rent's Maureen and Wicked's Elphaba was a requisite. By the way, her Wicked pal Kristin Chenoweth is returning for one episode.
JONATHAN GROFF: Best known for Broadway's Spring Awakening, where he co-starred with … Lea Michele (Rachel), who will play his love interest for a half-dozen episodes this season.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: We love Sandy from Grease, and Murphy says he's been obsessed with her since he was just 6! ONJ reportedly will sing Physical with Sue Sylvester.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: J-Lo, pictured, is reportedly in the works, but don't expect to see her in a diva-esque role. "Lunch lady" was one possible role we read about on the Web.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: This one would shock us, but Entertainment Weekly says exec producer Brad Falchuk is obsessed with having the Boss on the show. Everybody's got a Hungry Heart, right?
Five upcoming music tributes
AEROSMITH: No wonder Steven Tyler rejoined the band: He's just in time for the burst in royalty income. No word on the song, but we'd vote for Walk This Way.
BILLY JOEL: Reportedly a duet between Mr. Schu and Brian Adam. When in doubt on Glee, pick a song from the '80s. We're going with It's Still Rock and Roll to Me or We Didn't Start the Fire. (Though we'd like Big Shot or Only the Good Die Young.)
MADONNA: Mega-fan Madge gave the show's producers full access to her entire catalog. We've heard talk of coach Sylvester doing a black-and-white video version of Vogue. And preview clips for the season show Rachel singing Like a Prayer.
LADY GAGA: Did you really think the most overexposed singer of the year would be missing from Glee? She's expected to appear as well. As for the tune, repeat after us: "Anything but Telephone, Anything but Telephone…"
LIONEL RICHIE: Look for Hello to appear in Tuesday's episode. (Thankfully without the creepy music video that appeared along with it on MTV!)
Five things that happened during the break
TOUR ANNOUNCED: Yay! Glee is going on tour. Boo! They're not coming anywhere near Tampa Bay. The tour, announced earlier this spring, hits only Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. All the kids are expected to be present when the road show begins May 18.
BROADWAY VERSION IN WORKS: Isn't Glee already sort of a TV adaptation of a stage experience? Who cares? Give us more, more, more! Variety said in April that a theater company (the same one that adapts Hairspray, High School Musical and Rent for school productions) is in talks to bring a version of Glee to Broadway.
AUDITIONS SET FOR SEASON 2: Warm up your killer take on Styx's Mr. Roboto. Glee's executive producers started a nationwide online casting call for "fresh, young, talented performers" (Okay, forget Mr. Roboto) to fill new roles for Season 2. The auditions began March 30 and run through April 26. Find out more at myspace.com/gleeauditions. You can domo arigato us later.
MADONNA ALBUM COMING: All Madonna, all the time. Please don't pass out from the excitement. Entertainment Weekly announced in October that a mini-album, featuring Glee takes on Like A Virgin, Express Yourself and more, will be available April 20, the same date as the special Madonna episode. (The Material Girl knows good timing.)
WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL: Last Monday, the cast members found themselves on the White House's South Lawn for the annual Easter egg roll. Those kids from Glee are on a roll these days. The gang tweeted photos live from the event while rubbing shoulders with the president and first lady. Not a bad way to end your time off, right?
Five spoilers: We have warned you
•1HERE COMES DOOGIE HOWSER: Neil Patrick Harris, pictured, joins the show for at least one episode as the character Brian Adam (ahem, not Bryan Adams, the Canadian crooner who reportedly won't let the show use any of his music). Okay, so that's not a big surprise, but this is: Brian and Sue Sylvester are going to make out! Yes, both are gay in real life. Scandalous times two!
•2KURT GETS A BOYFRIEND: Rumor has it they'll be the "power couple" at school, part of Murphy's attempt to make Kurt (Chris Colfer, pictured) "popular and confident and a role model," according to E! Will the BF arrive this season or next? Have we caught a glimpse of him already? Ha-ha. We're not spoiling everything for you.
•3MR. SCHUESTER GETS HIS FREAK ON: That's right, Will (Matthew Morrison, pictured) is becoming a man-whore, and soon-to-be ex-wife Terri is going to take on a more sympathetic story line. Schu is due and all, but we sorta hoped Terri would just disappear.
•4RACHEL AND PUCK TOGETHER AGAIN? "Yes, they will get back together," Murphy tells TVfanatic.com. "But the thing about Puck (Mark Salling, pictured) is he's a bad boy so he has an affair with almost every girl on the show."
•5SOME ADULT STORY LINES: God bless the high school angst, but Fox and Murphy are looking for some new ideas. At least one character will lose his (or her?) virginity. And Finn's mom and Kurt's father will have "some romantic tension." Can you say "Kurt and Finn (Cory Monteith, pictured) become roommates?" Could be. Man, we love this show!
Four months. Four … long … months. That's how long "Gleeks" have had to wait between episodes of their Fox fixation. The wait ends Tuesday night, but we fear the abandonment scars are there to stay. What can we expect next "semester" at fictional William McKinley High School in lovely Lima, Ohio? Glee creator Ryan Murphy isn't one to hang on to secrets too well. During the show's hibernation, he has stayed busy collecting awards and spilling the beans on what's coming up next to anyone carrying a notebook and pen. We've combed the Web to bring you the latest gossip, news and innuendo and now we're ready to blab it too and ruin a little of the suspense. Sure, that's so totally high school. But it's also so totally Glee!