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Glee Series Finale: The Best Cameos and Callbacks

Originally posted 03/21/2015 02:15AM

[YOUTUBE "qaqVwlkTENc"] Many faces have passed through the halls of William McKinley High School.

On Glee's series finale Friday, an impressive number of the show's alums – not to mention some of its more memorable fashion fads and cultural touchstones – appeared in Lima for one last song and dance.

Here are a few of the highlights from the welcome returns, quirky character traits and celebrity cameos from Glee's two-hour finale.

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Glee Series Finale: Ranking the Songs

Glee Series Finale: Ranking the Songs

Originally posted 03/21/2015 12:55AM

Glee wrapped its six-season run Friday night with a two-hour finale that evoked the best of the show's early days.

Twelve songs – ranging from the saccharine to the sublime – figured into the night's two episodes, "2009" and "Dreams Come True." Some provided character insight, some tugged at the heartstrings, and some were pure expressions of joy.

While the show was creatively as good as its been in a long time during its closing installment, some songs succeeded more than others. Below, our take on how each tune fared.

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Glee Series Finale Recap: The New Directions Don't Stop Believin' for One Minute

Glee Series Finale Recap: The New Directions Don't Stop Believin' for One Minute

Originally posted 03/20/2015 11:25PM

Over its six seasons, Glee has consistently proven that it can stick a landing, and the series finale was the absolute epitome of the scrappy musical dramedy's ability to obliterate the memory of the bumpy road behind with one revelatory moment of heart-pumping, tear-jerking, can't-stop-yourself-from-smiling, singing-and-dancing glory.

The series's two-hour finale appropriately ended with One Republic's anthemic feel-good tune "I Lived." Indeed, the show "did it all." It was, for better or (often) worse just as messy and ridiculous as life – but, in its best moments, also as uplifting and powerful.

Considering how wildly uneven Glee has been for, well, most of its run, the ending turned out to be pretty darn near pitch-perfect.

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Flashback: Watch the Original Glee Cast at Their First Auditions

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UpdatePosted 03/20/2015 08:00PM

Flashback: Watch the Original Glee Cast at Their First Auditions

Originally posted 03/16/2015 05:25PM

After six seasons, Glee airs its series finale on Friday.

Things have changed a lot for our core cast, with many of them going on to star in films (Lea Michele, Dianna Agron) or even become New York Times bestselling authors (Chris Colfer) while still calling Glee their home.

However, even superstars need their first big break – see below for the very first auditions from your Glee faves.

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Glee Cast Remembers Cory Monteith

Lea Michele, Glee Costars Remember Cory Monteith on Anniversary of His Death

Originally posted 07/13/2014 04:30PM

One year after Cory Monteith's tragic death, his Glee costars are sharing memories of their friend over social media.

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Amber Riley Launches Plus-Size Online Boutique

Amber Riley Launches Plus-Size Online Boutique

Originally posted 01/21/2014 05:00PM

Now you can shop looks from the actress's personal closet!

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Watch DWTS Pros Battle in Epic Thanksgiving Dance Wars

Hough Family, Amber Riley & More DWTS Pros Battle in Epic Thanksgiving Dance Wars

Originally posted 11/29/2013 10:45AM

One way to keep the drowsiness at bay on Thanksgiving? Just keep dancing!

A hilarious impromptu dance war erupted Thursday on Instagram among several Dancing with the Stars veterans, beginning with a throwdown between Derek Hough and his season 14 partner, Maria Menounos.

Early in the day, Hough, 28, posted a video of himself and his family, including sister Julianne, boogying down to will.i.am's "That Power" while preparing dinner. "The key to a great meal?? Dance while you cook!" he wrote.

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DWTS Champ Amber: I'm in Much Better Shape Since Starting the Show (VIDEO)

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DWTS Champ Amber Riley: I'm in Much Better Shape Since Starting the Show (VIDEO)

Originally posted 11/27/2013 09:20AM

To the average viewer, from the very first episode there was no question that Amber Riley was a clear contender in Dancing with the Stars's 17th season.

But Tuesday's newly named mirror ball champ didn't see things potentially heading in that direction until closer to the end of the competition.

"There was a point where I realized I really wanted to win," Riley, 27, standing alongside partner Derek Hough, told PEOPLE inside the ballroom right after landing the show's highest honor.

"And that point was maybe the last time [I had to put needles in my knees]. The last time I got the knees lubed up was the time that I was like, 'Hey, you know, I feel like I really want to win this, so let's go hard' … It was America's vote and they voted for me and I really appreciate it."

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Dancing Crowns New Winner: Amber Riley (VIDEO) | Amber Riley

UpdatePosted 11/27/2013 07:00AM

Amber Riley Crowned New Dancing with the Stars Winner

Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:00PM

Twelve weeks of sweat – and a lot of tears – have led up to Tuesday night's season 17 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

Finalists Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu were the season's regular leader board frontrunners, while Jack Osbourne improved tremendously since he began, and touched people with his life story.

But it was Amber who won the mirror ball.

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Bill Engvall Booted on Monday's Dancing with the Stars | Bill Engvall

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Bill Engvall Booted on Monday's Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/25/2013 10:30PM



With Dancing with the Stars contestants in the final stretch of season 17, Monday night saw another couple sent home.

Just before a newly crowned champion will be named on Tuesday, Jack Osbourne, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu battled it out for a shot at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy.

At the end of Monday's episode, Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score – and were sent packing.

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