From NPH and Kate Hudson to SJP and Ricky Martin, Here's a Look Back at the Top 16 'Glee' Guest Stars
Neil Patrick Harris, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ricky Martin in 'Glee'
For its 100th episode Tuesday night, "Glee" pretty much will do as it's done in all its previous episodes: It'll boast a special guest star. (On Tuesday, actually, it'll boast two special guest stars — Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth.)
In honor of the show-choir show's centennial, here's a rundown of the top "Glee" guest stars, a not-small collection of performers who've bravely pitted their vocals against those of the kids from New Directions.
1. Kristin Chenoweth
Known outside of "Glee" as: The Emmy-winning TV actress, and Broadway star of "Wicked."
Known on "Glee" as: April Rhodes, the talented but messed-up former McKinley High classmate of New Directors adviser Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison).
First appearance: "The Rhodes Not Taken," from Season 1, when the show was young and famous people weren't yet in the habit of turning up on it.
Stunt casting or superb casting? Chenoweth was the first "Glee" special guest star, and, judging by the fact that she's been booked for the 100th episode, she's still one of the best.
Signature song: The "Cabaret" showstopper "Maybe This Time," as belted out in the show-choir room along with Rachel (Lea Michele). It's one of those do-gooding "Glee" moments when the show introduces its largely young audience to the Great American Songbook and does it spectacularly well.
2. Jonathan Groff
Known outside of "Glee" as: The Broadway star ("Spring Awakening," co-starring Michele) and, more recently, the TV star of HBO's "Looking."
Known on "Glee" as: Jesse St. James, the hot, naughty rival of Finn (Cory Monteith) and all of New Directions.
First appearance: "Hell-O," from Season 1.
Stunt casting or superb casting? Groff presumably wasn't the biggest name "Glee" could've landed for Vocal Adrenaline's St. James, but his talent and backstory with Michele make him a delicious roadblock for the early days of Finn and Rachel.
Signature song: It's hard to choose. Is it "Hello," a duet with Michele that makes you sorry for ever thinking of the Lionel Richie song as cheesy? Or is it "Rolling in the Deep," another duet with Michele that makes you wonder if it's better than the Adele original?
3. Olivia Newton-John