New 'Glee' Season 2 Promo: New Directions Is In An 'Empire State Of Mind'

Lea MicheleA great philosopher once said, "In New York, concrete jungle, where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do." This great man's name was Jay-Z—he of the million dollar bank rolls and bootylicious wife—and his words have emboldened many. Including, it seems, a rag-tag group of high school kids from Ohio, who inspired by Jay's words, set their sights on the Big Apple and a national championship for glee clubs.

In a new 32-second promo for "Glee," courtesy of Vulture, we get our first sneak peek at season two, including an explanation for those shots of the New Directions gang gussied up in New York-themed apparel a few weeks ago. Apparently, the first major song-and-dance number of the new season will be a takeoff of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' smash hit, "Empire State of Mind." Fitting, as much of this season's plot arc is dedicated to the group going to nationals in NYC.

Watch the promo after the jump!


Though the clip is short, it provides everything we've come to expect from "Glee":

1. A rousing pep talk from Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison)

"They say we only sing show tunes and eighties pop. Let's show them how down we are," he says. "We have to go from a small rebel force to a giant wall of sound."

2. Romantic intrigue

Finn (Cory Monteith) tells Quinn (Dianna Agron), "I'd be lying if I said I didn't have feelings for you," as Rachel (Lea Michele) seemingly looks on. Also, Mrs. Schue (Jessalyn Gilsig) looks to be out for blood—Will's blood.

3. A Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) one-liner

"Not everyone can be a champion. We need fry cooks and bus drivers," she tells Will.

4. And, of course, a performance number set to an infinitely catchy tune

See: "Empire State of Mind"

My only question is: How does New Directions qualify for nationals when they didn't win regionals? Anyone?

OK, Gleeks! Tell us what you think of the season two promo (and help us out with the regionals/nationals question if you can)!