Following the tragic news of Cory Monteith's death at the age of just 31, here's a look back at some of the Canadian actor's best moments as Finn Hudson in 'Glee.'
The first sign that Finn Hudson wasn't your typical tone-deaf football jock. Overheard by Will Schuester, this shower-based performance of REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' - the song that actually helped Monteith land the role - impressed the glee club director so much that he then blackmailed Finn into joining New Directions as a result.
The unofficial Glee anthem, 'Don't Stop Believin'' was most people's first introduction to the world of McKinley High and still remains by far and away its most popular song. Monteith's impassioned vocal is the first solo we hear and sets the rousing celebratory tone for the rest of the track, while we also get a first taster of the chemistry with Lea Michele that would later become the lynchpin of the show.
Finn's 'discovery' of the face of Jesus in a toasted sandwich in 'Grilled Cheesus' is possibly one of the worst Glee storylines ever. But Monteith more than made up for all the preposterousness later on in the episode with an angst-ridden take on R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion' which he had to battle with the show's music producer Adam Anders to perform.
Monteith regularly admitted that he 'sucked' when it came to dancing. But much to his credit, he also allowed the show to make his awkwardness and lack of co-ordination a running joke, most notably throughout the 'Born This Way' episode where Mike tries to teach him some moves and he sports a Relax-style t-shirt with the words 'can't dance' during the self-empowering finale.
Finn and Rachel's on-stage kiss at the Nationals final in season two may have cost New Directions a place in the Top 10. But their passionate performance of the Finn-penned 'Pretending' was arguably one of the most convincing moments of their on/off relationship.
Finchel fans may have been devastated at Season 4's 'The Break-Up' episode. But the scene where Rachel calls off their relationship was one of the most emotionally powerful in the show's history, while Finn's subsequent performance of Coldplay's 'The Scientist' was equally compelling. Indeed, Chris Martin and co. may have initially been reluctant to allow the show to use their songs, but it's unlikely they had any cause for complaint with Monteith's heart-breaking rendition.
Given their brutal break-up and Rachel's casual relationship with Brody, Finchel appeared to be over for good. But after reuniting on Will's non-wedding day, their heartfelt cover of Bob Seger's ode to seizing the moment proved that there were still plenty of sparks between them, leading to what would sadly become their last night ever together.
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