Glee All-Time Best Musical Number Tournament: 'I Feel Pretty'/'Unpretty' Takes the Crown!
Chalk one up for girl power. When TVLine kicked off its Glee All-Time Best Musical Number Bracket Tournament on June 30, “I Feel Pretty”/”Unpretty,” the deeply affecting mashup between series heroine Rachel Berry and her rival Quinn Fabray (embedded below), was slated as the No. 5 seed in a highly competitive “Duets” division. But over the course of the next four weeks, “I Feel Pretty”/”Unpretty” systematically picked off its rivals with barely a bead of sweat forming on its delicately nuanced forehead.
In Round 1 of our 64-player tourney, the Faberry (or Quinchel, if you prefer) performance bumped off the Rachel-Kurt mashup of “Come on Get Happy”/”Happy Days Are Here Again” with a whopping 70.8% of the vote, then faced its closest challenge of the competition from another Rachel-Kurt collaboration (“Defying Gravity”) in Round 2, advancing with 54.7%. In Round 3, “Unpretty” posted a fairly easy upset over the Duets Division’s top seed, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (by Klaine), and then crushed the second-seeded duet, “Faithfully,” to sail into the semifinals.
For its final head-to-head bouts of our single-elimination tourney, “I Feel Pretty”/”Unpretty” was up against two of the most iconic performances in Glee history, but Rachel and Quinn’s sombre musical rumination on the pressure teenage girls feel to conform to an elusive beauty ideal would not be denied: It squeezed past “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (the No. 1 seed in the Solos Division) with 55.4% in the semifinals, and ultimately triumphed in the finals over “Don’t Stop Believing” (the No. 1 seed in the New Directions Greatest Hits Bracket) by a margin of 55.6% to 44.4%.
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Anyhow, if you’re interested in one last look at how your votes narrowed down the field from 64 entries to one reigning champ – click here to check out the entire 64-player bracket (then click again for a zoomed-in view).
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