UPDATE: Glee's tribute episode for Cory Monteith (and Finn Hudson) is not set to air in the UK until the 18th, but it showed across the pond last night. So what happened? Here's how things go down according to our friends in America - look away now if you don't want to know...
The characters all deal with their loss in different ways, with Kurt breaking down in tears, Puck turning to alcohol to numb the pain, Sue Sylvester making jokes and Santana working herself up into a rage. Vocal powerhouse Mercedes gives a memorable performance, belting out 'Stand By You,' while Artie and Sam sing James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain'.
There was no doubt Cory's real-life girlfriend Lea Michele provided the most unforgettable tribute of the night. She only appeared in the last 15 minutes of the episode and stole the show with a heartbreaking rendition of Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love' in the Glee classroom. Rachel was consoled by Mr. Shue when she broke down in tears, telling him, "He was my person", as they hung a framed photo of Finn on the wall.
The Glee cast took to Twitter to share their mixed emotions about the episode and express their love for their friend and former co-star.
Kevin McHale - who plays wheelchair-bound Artie - posted: "Tonights Glee was made out of a lot of love & a lot of tears by our incredible crew, cast & creators for our friend Cory. We miss you Cory." Jenna Ushkowitz - who stars as shy Tina - wrote: "Tune in with all of us tonight to say goodbye to our friend Cory and our quarterback, Finn."
10 October 2013: Lea Michele On The Death Of Cory - And Finn
As the Glee tribute episode for Cory Monteith draws closer, Lea Michele has spoken out about the untimely death of her boyfriend. Cory's tragic passing in July this year due to an overdose rocked the entertainment world. The actor played Finn in the phenomenally popular TV show that's loved by teens and adults alike. His girlfriend Lea Michele - who also played his onscreen love - has spoken out this week about how his passing has affected her. "For me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn... I woke up every single day feeling like I was in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life....There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky."
When asked how the cast have remembered their colleague, Lea told TV Week Australia, "We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic."
When asked how she's doing, the actress responded, "Everyone is asking: 'Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?', but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life. So we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together."
The show airs tonight in the US and on the 18th October in this country. Below are the songs set to feature in the episode.