The third season of "Glee" wrapped up this week with a cliffhanger and enough dazzling musical numbers to make you wish you'd stuck with your elementary school chorus classes. But Broadway dreams, powerhouse vocals, perfectly-choreographed dance routines and matching costumes aren't just a made-for-TV fantasy. Long before the hit show premiered in 2009, real glee clubs (also known as show choirs) were pouring their hearts and souls into performances of their own. Inspired by this week's season finale, we rounded up videos from a few of our favorite real high school glee clubs.
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This group from Burbank, California has been called the inspiration behind <em>Glee</em>. They're fiercely talented - and the results pay off. Performing Iive on <em>Oprah</em> and meeting the cast of the show they inspired? No problem. Receiving donations from Jennifer Love Hewitt? Just another day in the lives of the Powerhouse glee club.
The Classics, a show choir from Wheaton, Illinois, looks more than ready for their TV debut. From their all-star vocals to their lime green suits, this group can't be beat.
Visual Adrenaline might remind <em>Glee</em> fans of a certain Vocal Adrenaline. This real-life show choir hailing from Ankeny, Iowa, has the moves, the moxie, and the talent to live up to the New Direction's biggest competitors.
We can't blame you for mistaking this Lewis Center, Ohio glee club, the Olentangy Keynotes, for a professional Broadway production. With powerful voices, elegant choreography, and classy costumes, it's tough to remember the group is still in high school!
The Swingsations' rendition of "Waka Waka" by Shakira is so infectious, we dare you not to start singing along. Coming from Mt. Zion, Illinois, the group excels in choreography.
Hailing from Los Alamitos, California, this group knows how to put on a show. NYADA, we've found your Class of 2016!
Southern charm gets turned on high during this performance from Clinton Attaché from Clinton, Mississippi. Can't you see the New Directions stealing a few of their moves?
Energy radiates from this Pascagoula, Mississippi show choir. We can't imagine the talent it takes to perform such high-octane choreography - forget about singing Broadway-worthy hits at the same time!