Glee Producers Mulling Whitney Houston Tribute on Tuesday

Saturday, February 11, 2012

With a cover of Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" set to be included in Tuesday's Glee, producers of the Fox musical dramedy on Saturday were mulling whether to add a tribute to the late singer during Tuesday's episode.

The song, which Houston covered in 1992, will be a big number in Tuesday's Glee, with Amber Riley's Mercedes set to perform it as she struggles to decide between Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Shane (LaMarcus Tinker).

A spokesman for 20th Television, the studio behind Glee, told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday that the Valentine's Day-themed episode, titled "Heart," had been finished and delivered to the network on Friday, with Gleeproducers currently considering going back into the episode to pay tribute to Houston, who died Saturday. A title card possibly dedicationg the episode to houston or acknowledging her passing following the episode would seem like an easy addition.

Written by Parton in 1973 and released as a single the following year, Houston covered the song for the 1992 feature The Bodyguard, in which she starred oppositeKevin Costner. Houston's rendition spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a record at the time, and surpassed her previous record -- 1986's "Greatest Love of All" from her debut album. Huston's version went on to win Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Houston died Saturday. She was 48.

Glee Cast members Mourning Whitney Houston's death

I can't even breathe right now. Not Whitney. I'm in tears right now. ;(
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley)

I'm speechless. Such sad news about Whitney Houston..
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele)

NO. this did not happen? whitney? what!?
 — Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE)

 RIP Whitney Houston #Iwillalwaysloveyou
— JennaUshkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz)

Wow “@PoutyScouty: r.i.p whitney houston”
— Samuel Larsen (@SamuelLarsen)

OMG Noooooooo! I was just @ an event Thursday & Whitney was there! I can't right now
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes)

 Remembering Whitney Houston. This video is pretty amazing. She will be missed incredibly. via @youtube
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust)

Grew up listening to Whitney. This news makes me sad. RIP to a legend, Whitney Houston.
— Harry Shum Jr (@iharryshum)

 Whitney Houston #IWillAlwaysLoveYou
— Chris Colfer (@chriscolfer)

Oh my god... Whitney Houston... My heart is broken. RIP, you stunning woman. You will be so missed. This is tragic.
 — Lindsay Pearce (@lindsayhpearce)

OMG I'm speechless. RIP Whitney Houston.
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera)

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