Emmys Pay Homage To ‘Glee’ In Opening Number

Host Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Betty White and more join 'Glee' castmembers in song-and-dance routine to kick off awards show.

The Emmy Awards kicked off on Sunday night (August 29) with a song-and-dance number inspired by the night’s breakout star: “Glee.” Having already nabbed a number of the ceremony’s nominations (and taking some of its early awards), the popular Fox seemed more than worthy of the props, as host Jimmy Fallon led a performance that included several “Glee” castmembers.

The set-up: the cast of “Glee” wants to go to the awards show in Los Angeles, but they just can’t afford the pricey tickets. So, Fallon comes up with the perfect idea. The Gleeks should do what they do best — win a singing competition in order to earn the funds. With the help of some of TV’s biggest stars, including reality TV-mom Kate Gosselin, Betty White, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Nina Dobrev, Joel McHale and, of course, Fallon, the “Glee” crew got their song on with a stirring rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Born to Run.”

Displaying the musical prowess that has made the series a viewer fave, the “Glee” gang — represented by Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch — took their act (and their TV co-stars) through a number of gags. Catching White and Don Draper hanging out in a dressing room (where the comedian urged Hamm, “C’mon, do the hippety-hop. Now back that mother up,” as she taught him some dance moves) and meeting up with Hurley himself, Jorge Garcia, on an escalator, were a few of the highlights.

But those moments were only a precursor to the live, onstage dance number with Fallon in full-on Springsteen mode. Down to his white T-shirt, jeans, and red bandana, the host finished the crescendo of “Born to Run,” with some guitar assistance from “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. And with that, Fallon’s idea proved to be a good one: The “Glee” castmembers had made it to the big show.

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