(March 9, 2012)
4:21 a.m. EST, March 9, 2012
Glee is currently shooting a tribute episode to Whitney Houston that will include eight songs from the late great musical icon, sources confirm to us exclusively.
Unlike the previous tribute last month (Amber Riley performed "I Will Always Love You" and producers added in a dedication card), this Whitney episode was planned afterHouston's death, and according to a reliable show source, will "not be a typical tribute"...
"It's using Whitney's music as a way to say goodbye," the source reveals. "A way to respectfully say thank you for her music."
I'm told that unlike the show's Madonna and Michael Jackson episodes, the Whitney tribute is more of a "character piece" that focuses on Glee's graduating seniors having a real hard time letting go.
Earlier today, Lea Michele herself tweeted: "Starting a new episode today. A very special tribute to one of the worlds most amazing singers. Very excited about this one."
As are we! In fact, this Whitney episode has all the makings of one of the series' most emotionally gripping to date. So count us in. (With a ginormous crate of Kleenex on stand by, just in case!)
Glee's next new episode airs April 10 on Fox. No date has been set yet for the Whitney tribute.