Let me first start off by saying I had no idea that such a tiny voice could come out of a husky, black male.
Alex Newell was a contestant on the Glee reality series, The Glee Project. He didn’t win, but each contestant got a chance to appear on this season of Glee, and I have to say that Alex’s was the best by far.
When he first came on the scene as his character Wade, I was put off by his voice. But, it soon grew on me. I like tiny voices… on some people. Kurt and Mercedes plotted with Coach Sue to ruin their competition by getting Wade to dress in women’s clothing during a performance. This didn’t sit well with Kurt and Mercedes, so they decided to stop him from going on with it. But it was too late.
Wade performed Boogie Shoes, which went along with the 70s theme of last night’s episode. I was in utter awe that he was not only pretty but that he was hitting all those high notes a boy his age and size shouldn’t be able to. He got me up off my feet and I started boogying along with him, and so did the rest of Twitter. The fans tweeted and stomped in praise, and I even took off my imagery wig and threw it at the screen. I LIVED.
This performance was not only the best for it’s catchy song and fabulous vocals, but for the fact that it had the first cross dresser appear on the show and not in a derogatory way. Gay/Transgendered characters are usually portrayed as the character we should all feel sorry for. Or they are usually portrayed as a caricature that we’re meant to laugh at. But last night, a cross dressing, gay, BLACK, young man sashayed and boogied across the stage on network television and encouraged many people to dance along with him.
I think this was the greatest demonstration of what Glee is about: the proper representation of different teens that don’t fit the norm of society. Not only did Alex represent for the gay/transgendered, black teens out there, but he also represented everyone in the industry who is trying to make it but doesn’t fit society’s standard of pretty. I think it’s safe to say that Alex is opening a door for the “abnormal” to work their way into the industry and acheive their dreams. Who says you can’t be a big, flamboyant, black, gay teen with a high pitched voice who likes to wear women’s clothing?
Check out the video of his performance after the jump. I watched it at least 10 times and REFUSE to stop.