*Fox’s “Glee” will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston with a tribute episode to premiere in the spring, reports E!
Just days after the singer’s death last month, “Glee” dedicated its Valentine’s Day episode that coincidentally featured Houston/Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Producers of the show decided to dedicate that episode — in which Amber Riley belted out the song Houston performed as part of 1992’s “The Bodyguard” — to the singer, placing a title card at the end of the episode.
As reported by E!, the Houston tribute will feature eight songs from Houston’s extensive library and was planned after her death. The hour is said to be a departure from the show’s typical tribute episodes to singers including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.
Instead, the installment will use Houston’s recordings as a way to say goodbye and to “respectfully say thank you” to the late singer,” E! reports, noting that the tribute will focus on “Glee’s” graduating seniors — including Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer, among others — as they struggle with letting go.
Riley’s cover of “I Will Always Love You,” seen below, has sold more than 45,000 digital copies, placing it among “Glee’s” record 193 Hot 100 singles.
An official air date for the Houston tribute has not yet been announced.