Naya Rivera Does “Valerie” Better Than Winehouse On Last Night’s ‘Glee’

Becky Bain / December 1, 2010

Last night on Glee’s “Special Education“, Kurt took care of a metaphor —er, we mean a pet bird — at his new school, Emma broke some big news to Mr. Schue, and Rachel was pretty much as insufferable as she usually is. (At least this time Schue and Finn called her on her bad ‘tude.) But the most show-stopping moment of the night was Naya Rivera belting out the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse version of The Zutons’ “Valerie” while Heather Morris and Harry Shum Jr. became the MVPs of New Directions based on their incredible dancing alone. Watch the gang’s sectionals performance below!

This isn’t the first time a Ronson/Winehouse collab has been featured on the show — New Directions’ rival show choir Vocal Adrenaline performed “Rehab” during the show’s pilot.

Pretty great, right? And yes, we love Amy’s recording (found on Mark Ronson’s album Version), but the last time we heard her attempt to perform “Valerie”, it was a complete mess. We’ll take a Gleeked out version of the tune over mumbling into a microphone any day. Though we may reconsider if Brittany and Mike Chang were doing tumbles and somersaults behind Winehouse as she sings.