'Glee': Wait, 'Teenage Dream' was sung by a real a cappella group?

sing-off-beelzebubsWere you entranced by Blaine and his Dalton Academy classmates singing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” on Tuesday’s Glee? (Silly question, the answer is obviously yes.) While Darren Criss is undisputedly a favorite (and new inappropriate crush?) around PopWatch HQ, did you know that a real all-male a cappella group is behind the song you can’t get out of your head?

The Beelzebubs, Tufts University’s oldest all-male a cappella group, is responsible for the musical arrangement and backing vocals for Glee‘s version of “Teenage Dream.” You may remember the Beelzebubs from last year’s The Sing-Off, NBC’s answer the Glee craze, and a pretty enjoyable five days of all-ages a cappella. The Bubs made it all the way to the finals, losing to Puerto Rican group Nota, but not before wooing fans around the country (including judge Nicole Scherzinger) with their creative performances (a “Magical Mystery Tour” human bus!) and overall cuddly aw-shucks personas. (Plus, sweater vests!) Check them out below:

According to the group’s website, they’ll be handling all of the music for the Dalton Academy Warblers, which hopefully means many, many more songs to come. As a total a cappella junkie, I think this is a brilliant move by Ryan Murphy & Co. It’s not because I don’t love the more elaborate musical productions, but it’s nice to see the show bring the music back to its purest form (without a full band, pyrotechnics, and multiple costume changes), which is what got us all hooked in the first place.

The Sing-Off returns Dec. 6th. Until then, can we expect more music from the Bubs popping up on Glee? Will members of the group make an appearance on-screen, too? Are you predicting a Sectionals showdown between New Directions and The Warblers — Kurt would be torn! — or, are you not ruling out The Hipsters quite yet?

Read more:
Glee recap: Then He Kissed Him
The Sing-Off finale: The winners, the tears, and the guest stars
Glee song preview: Darren Criss is a Teenage Dream
Can a real-life Glee tide you over?

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  • nodnarb

    Uh, didn’t like 387 people point this out in the comments yesterday?

    • Mr. Holloway

      I think you mean “didn’t like 387 people give the Popwatch staff fodder for a new questionably-necessary ‘Glee’ post?”

    • Bubba in TX

      I, for one, missed all those comments yesterday, and am thankful for the article.

      • Bubba in TN

        Yes Bubba in TX, I am thankful for this article as well. It was a gift from God. PRAISE JESUS!

      • Bubba in FL

        Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Thank you for this article and every Glee-related post. Amen.

      • CaliforniaMargie

        Ignore the idiots, Bubba. I missed it too, and I’m glad to see this post.

      • Tee

        Same here! I don’t always read the comments, this was the first I saw it and appreciate it.

    • BettyLouWho

      Awwww! Sweater vests! I am imagining myself crossing the campus, arm in arm with a Tufts Warbler, on our way back from the homecoming game…sigh!

  • elr

    I’m a big fan of acappella performances also. They are such a good way to tell the vocal quality of the person singing.

    • elr

      In fact I’d like to see any singing competetion (American Idol)have one of the contestant’s performances be done acapella. That would separate the singers from the delusional.

      • Stella

        That is a fantastic idea!

      • SLT

        I agree, that is a fantastic idea. I know some contestants have done it (usually to rave reviews when they pull it off) so that would be good for A/I to do.

      • Alia

        Since Glee’s so into stunts lately, maybe one of their stunts should be to do a live episode with live music. I know most, if not all, of the cast can actually sing. RM ougtta give them a chance to do it.

    • JayNYC

      Yeah, but a capella filtered through Auto-tune?!?

  • Winona

    Cool! I had a feeling it was a “real” group, given the non-Auto-Tuned polish of the track. Good to hear it was the ‘Bubs! Can’t wait to hear more from them, can’t wait for a new season of The Sing-Off, and I’m REALLY hoping that The Hipsters end up being some totally awesome barbershoppers!

    • Mr. Holloway

      Totally agree. It actually sounded like (gasp!) real people actually singing.

      Wish more of the musical numbers were less (over)polished like this one.

      • Sara


      • Alia

        Yep. This.

      • bree


      • D

        Yes, I was thinking that it sounded very authentic, what a real glee club would sound like.

    • Rachel

      I hope the Hipsters are the choir from Young at Heart. That movie had me balling. And now that they have access to Coldplay’s music, they could sing Fix You. Seriously the most touching thing you can imagine.

  • Alia

    These guys are fantastic! Problem is… it’s not going to be even remotely believable when New Directions beats them at Sectionals.

    • Mindy

      Exactly. This group in one performance convinced me they were better than New Directions, which uses bad arrangements of over-produced, Auto-Tuned pop songs. Last year I thought Vocal Adrenaline completely deserved their win over New Directions, too. I wish New Directions would do more group/choral singing. They are a show CHOIR, right?

  • Adrienne

    Can’t WAIT for the Sing-Off to return!
    I agree with the writer, I love acapella music. Wish real singing was featured more on the radio.

  • Yabby

    Darren Cris is like 23 yo. How would a crush on him be labeled “inappropriate”? Influenced by the PTC much?

  • Julz

    I thought some of the members were actually singing with Darren?

  • Peter

    If Glee introduces the nation to the awesomeness of college a cappella, then I can finally get behind it. I’m partial to Amazin’ Blue. I think I saw the Bubs at least once in my college days.

  • Meeghan

    “The Beelzebubs, Tufts University‚Äôs oldest all-male a cappella group…” How many all-male a cappella groups does Tufts have? And how old are we talking here, like over 30?

    • Breckster82

      48 to be specific.

      • Bubster

        Tufts has at least nine a cappella groups, not including choirs and other stuff. I think they mean that the Bubs are the oldest a cappella group and the only all-male a cappella group on campus

  • suebrody

    Love the ‘Bubs. No wonder the performance sounded so good! And Darren Criss can sing as much as he likes. The duet with Chris Colfer is beautiful (streaming on my space).

  • abigailjking

    Bubs > Glee

  • Lisa

    Thank you for this information. I have been searching the net for who this group was (I never doubted they were a group because they sounded like they had been together for a long while). Love that Glee brought the Bubs in – brilliant move – add to that Darren Criss and I want the Warblers of Dayton to win!

  • Susan

    I went to college in greater Boston (on a campus with a lot of a capella groups also), and occasionally, one or another of the groups on my campus would invite the Bubs to perform. They are awesome. Of course, I would love it if my own alma mater’s all-male group had the gig on Glee, but I’ll take what I can get!

  • Diana

    I’m pretty jazzed about this, as I live in Boston and can actually go to their next concert. Speaking of fictional musical groups, who should they get for the Hipsters (the senior citizen singers)? I nominate older Broadway legends coming together for awesomeness, and I humbly suggest the amazing Ben Vereen as the lead. Are you there, Ryan Murphy?

  • Christina

    I really enjoyed the Bubs’ singing. Were other actors lipsyncing to the Bubs’ singing? Why not use the real singers?

    • melissa

      Glee actually asked them if they wanted to be in the show, but it was September and the Bubs had school, so they just recorded the track instead. It would’ve been awesome if they were in the show!

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