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Watch: Darren Criss Sings 'Not Alone' and 'Teenage Dream' (with Katy Perry) at Trevor Project Event


Here's a high-quality version of Darren Criss' recent performance at a gala for The Trevor Project, with the surprise and blissfully short duet with Katy Perry.


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  1. Darren sounded winded during Teenage Dream, but it was still okay until Katy came out and wrecked the ending. Like fingernails on a chalk board.

    Posted by: Brent Z | Dec 8, 2010 11:12:56 AM

  2. Agree with Brent Z. Katy ruined it.

    Posted by: Adrian | Dec 8, 2010 11:27:11 AM

  3. kinda like kanye and taylor swift.

    Posted by: kodiak | Dec 8, 2010 11:30:24 AM

  4. Wow. Katy Perry needs to carry a portable Auto Tune box with her. She sounded horrid.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Dec 8, 2010 11:31:24 AM

  5. and to be honest he sounded like shite on Teenage Dream as well

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 8, 2010 11:35:54 AM

  6. OK, ok, so he doesn't have Pavoratti pipes. He's a fine singer (in his range) and VERY easy on the eyes.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 8, 2010 11:47:41 AM

  7. Give the guy a break -in little over a month, he's gone from singing alone in his room on YouTube and for just a few hundred on stage at U o M and basically on a stool in some small clubs to all this BIG TIME stuff and dancing as well -anyone would be a bit nervous and winded.Also it's all the movement that hits the breath on both he and Katy Perry . Live isn't like a studio recording but we've been so spoiled by lip sinking to a complete vocal track that we expect PERFECTION -they're not jukeboxes folks ....

    Posted by: slippy | Dec 8, 2010 11:50:15 AM

  8. He's not really a singer at all. No support, no real sound coming out of him. Just this tiny little half falsetto thing that would be inaudible without a microphone. But you can tell that from Glee as well.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 8, 2010 11:52:15 AM

  9. I don't know much about Katy Perry. I don't think I had ever heard 'Teenage Dream' before Darren's cover on Glee. Usually when I listen to the radio, it's talk radio or classic rock.

    She didn't seem to even LOOK at him until the very end of the song. Then it was over, she gave him the obligatory hug, and stormed off...

    You'd think she would be appreciative that he gave new life to her song, but he really re-created it and now I think it's more his song than hers - especially after the YouTube video.

    Maybe the royalty checks just aren't big enough??

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Dec 8, 2010 11:53:29 AM

  10. OMG. Has she ever given a good performance? UGH.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 8, 2010 11:56:53 AM

  11. Wow, Darren is super talented! Amazing. He gave so much on the first song he was knocked out for the second, but wow.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 8, 2010 11:56:58 AM

  12. Wow. Katy couldn't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow. Darren sounded a bit winded in parts, but given how he belted out the first tune and was singing and dancing for Teenage Dream, that's perfectly understandable. He appears to be handling the sudden fame very well.

    To Glee's credit, all of the talented young actors seem to be managing stardom without becoming obnoxious snots or falling apart. Did Ryan Murphy arrange for them to get classes in fame management? It's remarkable how well they've managed the transition.

    Posted by: Smartypants | Dec 8, 2010 12:12:06 PM

  13. I thought it sounded fine! I would've preferred Katy on melody and Darren on harmony, but they were both fantastic either way~

    Posted by: David | Dec 8, 2010 12:19:15 PM

  14. Groan. Brent Z's first comment is pitch perfect.

    Katy's purple fingernails looked like zombie talons on Darren's shoulders. I'm sorry she couldn't tell when she was outstaged and outdone.

    Darren is dynamite in a dazzling song, especially of course in the Glee rendition.

    Posted by: Barry | Dec 8, 2010 1:07:28 PM

  15. Only a select few performers sound great live. It's not easy to sing while dancing. Darren sounded okay. The Warblers sounded fantastic.

    But Katy is horrible, horrible, horrible. She should stick to lip-syncing. Totally ruined it.

    Posted by: Adrian | Dec 8, 2010 1:08:04 PM

  16. It says the video is private and you have to accept a friend invite to watch it?

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 8, 2010 2:28:40 PM

  17. You'll find another version here:

    Posted by: Henry | Dec 8, 2010 2:51:13 PM

  18. He's a mediocre singer, maybe professional training would help, but I doubt it. Like any true artist, either you got it or you don't. Very nice looking dude though.

    She sucks a**.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 8, 2010 4:10:42 PM

  19. I'm over anything Katy + GLEE at this point.

    Posted by: Alfozno | Dec 8, 2010 5:53:53 PM

  20. Things I love: Darren Criss, Katy Petty, the Trevor Project

    things I Don't Love: LGBT folks who sit on their asses and let celebrities fight our battles for us; masochistic LGBT folks who think the Democratic Party is anything but a right wing pro-corporate pro-war racist sexist anti-gay party.

    Posted by: It Doesn't Get Better | Dec 8, 2010 5:57:11 PM

  21. It's ironically coincidental that he wrong the song Not Alone and it's perfect for the Trevor Project and perfect for his new roll on TV... talk about being in alignment.

    He was so passionate during his song that he got winded for the second... Seeing how he has basically gone from singing in his bedroom to small gigs at clubs,,,he is going to be awesome with some experience and polishing. Whether or not you like the way Katy sounds, she know how to work a crowd and command a stage.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Dec 8, 2010 5:59:16 PM

  22. I mean wrote the song... pushed wrote and song too fast

    Posted by: steve talbert | Dec 8, 2010 5:59:56 PM

  23. glad i got to see it before the video got pulled.. hope the trevor project lets them release it again

    Posted by: m | Dec 8, 2010 8:37:14 PM

  24. wow... enough criticizing the two... how about some appreciation that they are bringing their star power to such a worthy cause. Straight allies are few and far between, how about a little gratitude.

    Posted by: Enough | Dec 9, 2010 9:36:46 PM

  25. sounded basically flat.... our ears are so conditioned to songs being engineered to perfection (autotune etc) that a live performance will probably never sound the way we expect it too .... glee is what it is... cute, smarmy, overengineered tv show with ez too watch people on it..... it is what it is...

    Posted by: chris keck | Dec 12, 2010 9:49:00 AM

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