It took a few episodes, but we’re five weeks into “Smash” and for two weeks in a row now the NBC musical has covered songs already done by its cousin in song and dance, “Glee.” Although “Smash” has tried to avoid comparisons between the two series, it’s not doing itself any favors by repeating songs.
True, “Glee” does have a two-and-a-half-year head start, does approximately 80 percent more covers and can’t really stake a claim on the entire American songbook, we do hope the “Smash” producers keep their predecessors in mind when choosing songs for future episodes.
But let’s get down to business: Who’s done a better job at each song? Note: This doesn’t include “Rose’s Turn,” which Chris Colfer destroyed (in a good way) during “Glee’s” first season but we’re expecting to see on “Smash” later during Season 1.
“Rumor Has It,” Original Artist: Adele
While Karen (Katharine McPhee) and her fellow chorus members rocked out to the tune at a bar in episode 4, she doesn’t compare to the smoking hot Adele mashup sung by the Troubletones for “Glee’s” 300th musical number. Advantage: “Glee”
“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” Original Artist: James Brown
The “Glee” rendition is already ridiculous because it involved a bunch of pregnant teenage girls shaking their baby bellies in sync with each other, but Dianna Agron’s voice, lovely as it is, cannot ever compare to almost-“American Idol” McPhee’s. Advantage: “Smash”
(Ignore the Spanish dubbing during the “Glee” dialogue — it’s the best YouTube video we could find.)
So, who do you think did it better? “Smash” or “Glee”?