“Glee” took on the late Whitney Houston this past week.
For a special Valentine’s Day episode, one “Glee” actor performed Houston’s famous “I Will Always Love You.”
In the February 14 episode, Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, sings the song made famous in the 1990s by Houston (it was first introduced to the word by Dolly Parton in 1974).
In the episode, Riley decideds to go it alone rather than choose between current boyfriend Shande and ex Sam, according to the Washington Post. She brings tears to the eyes of her classmates as she sings the lyrics of the song.
“I hope life treats you kind, and I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of,” She sings. “And I wish you joy and happiness but above all this, I wish you love.”
In another scene appears on stage in a red dress belting out the most famous lines of the song, “And I will always love you.”
Interestingly enough, the episode was actually completed before Houston’s death Saturday. Following her death, producers for the show reportedly announced they would dedicate the episode to the late star and as the show ended, they made good with on their word and a dedication card was displayed on the screen.
Houston died Saturday at a Beverly Hills hotel in California. She was found underwater in the bathtub of her hotel room.
Unfortunately, attempts to revive her proved unsuccessful and the singer was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. only a few hours before she was set to attend Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party at the hotel.
Talk about bad timing, Houston died one day shy of the Grammy Awards. The show honored Houston with a performance by Jennifer Hudson. Hudson performed “I Will Always Love You” also.
Recently, it was revealed that Houston will return to her hometown to be buried this weekend. The funeral will take place at 12 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Saturday.
Kristen Foster, Houston’s publicist, said that the Associated Press will be allowed into the ceremony with cameras. Fans can watch the funeral via the Internet at http://livestream.com/aplive.
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