Mercedes’s first performance on Glee was to the tune of “Respect.” She belted out the song for her glee club audition, and nailed it.
Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” was featured in season 1 of Glee. Mercedes performed the stirring ballad during an assembly in the high school’s gymnasium.
8) “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Mercedes performed a powerful rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” during season 2 of Glee. In the episode Mercedes performed with her church choir.
7) “Try a Little Tenderness”
Mercedes showcased a classic song from the great Otis Redding with her rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness,” during season 2.
6) “Hell To The No”
In season two of Glee, Mercedes wrote and performed an original song entitled “Hell to the No.” Throughout the series, “Hell to the no!” has been Mercedes’s catchphrase.
5) “I Look to You”
During season 2, Mercedes paid homage to the one and only Whitney Houston when she performed the song “I Look To You.”
4) “Ain’t No Way”
Mercedes gave Aretha Franklin her props during season 2, when she performed a moving rendition of “Ain’t No Way.”
3) “Bust Your Windows”
After finding out that her longtime crush, Kurt was in love with someone else Mercedes had a bit of breakdown. She broke his car windows while performing her rendition of “Bust Your Windows,” by Jazmine Sullivan.
2) “Hate On Me”
During season 1 Mercedes threw down in the lunch room and sent out a message to all of her enemies as she performed Jill Scott’s hit anthem “Hate On Me.”
1) “And I Am Telling You”
During season 1, Mercedes channeled her inner Effie White for a performance of infamous ballad from Dreamgirls. Mercedes demanded a chance to sing the song, in hopes of performing it at an upcoming glee club competition.
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For all you “gleeks” out there, Glee is back tonight with the highly anticipated season 3 premiere!
Throughout the past two seasons, Amber Riley’s character, Mercedes Jones has shined as the only black member of the fictional high school glee club, “New Directions”. Mercedes is a self-proclaimed “diva in training, with a flair for fashion, who refuses to sing back-up.”
Thus far Mercedes has had crushes on her high school classmates Kurt and Puck, but has yet to be in a long term relationship. Last month Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced that this season Amber Riley’s character will finally have a boyfriend. “I don’t think there’s been enough Amber,” Murphy said. LaMarcus Tinker from Friday Night Lights will join the show as Marcus, the love interest for Mercedes.
Because the show focuses on the high school experience, eventually all the members of New Directions must graduate. In a recent interview Riley said this could possibly be her last season on Glee. “I may not be coming back for a fourth season. I love my job to pieces, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go and, hopefully, there are greater things on the horizon,” she said.
Fans of Mercedes will be tuning in this season to watch the starlet belt out even more tunes and hopefully find love.
Here are our picks of the top 10 Mercedes moments on Glee.