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Don't Stop Believin' (X Factor Version)
Don't stop believing
Released: December 5th, 2010
By: Journey
Sung by: New Directions
Solos: Artie, Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Quinn, Rachel, Sam, Santana and Tina
Place: The X Factor stage, London, England

Don't Stop Believin' (X Factor Version) is a special performance of one of Glee's most popular songs by Journey. It was performed on December 5, 2010 on the UK version of The X Factor series 7. It features a special pre-recorded opening segment by Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison as Sue Sylvester and Will Schuester, respectively.

This version of the song is preceded by a short pre-recorded video featuring Will and Sue. Unlike the actual performance and following brief interview, this is performed entirely in character. Unlike the show's presenter (Dermot O' Leary) and the cast themselves, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison refer to the performers as the McKinley High New Directions as opposed to the cast of Glee.

Sue introduces the sketch by claiming she is disappointed with Great Britain for inviting the New Directions to perform and consequently ruin their great culture. Will interrupts and urges Sue to carry on with the performance's introduction. Sue, however, points out Simon Cowell, remarking: "Hey Will, look, there's Simon Cowell. There's something about that guy I've always liked. I think it's how he wears shirts that kinda show the shape of his nipples."

Will moves the segment on and proudly introduces New Directions, to which Sue displays mock excitement.

Lyrics

Finn:
Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Rachel:
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Puck:
A singer in a smokey room

Santana:
A smell of wine and cheap perfume

Puck and Santana:
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Artie, Finn and Rachel:
Strangers
Waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows
Searching in the night

Finn and Rachel:
Streetlight
People
Living just to find emotion
Hiding

Artie, Finn, and Rachel:
Somewhere in the night!

Tina:
Workin' hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill

Finn and Quinn:
Payin' anything to roll the dice
Just one more time

Santana:
Some will win

Sam and Santana:
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues

Artie and Mercedes:
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

Brittany and Mike:
Strangers
Waiting

Artie and Mercedes:
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows
Searching in the night
Streetlight
People
Living just to find emotion
Hiding
Somewhere in the night!

Mercedes:
Don't stop!

New Directions:
Don't stop believin'

Finn and Rachel:
Hold on to that feelin' (Mercedes: Yeah)

New Directions:
Street lights people (Mercedes: Yeah, yeah!)
Don't stop believin'

Finn and Rachel:
Hold on to that feelin'

New Directions:
Street light people
Don't (Mercedes with New Directions: Stop!)

Trivia

  • This performance is note-worthy for featuring a solo by every cast 
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    member on stage, as they all sing at least one line either on their own or with another cast member. However, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele are still the dominant vocals for the song.
  • It is also notable for featuring new cast member Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans for the first time in the UK. This caused some confusion as Season Two of Glee had yet to air in the UK, so viewers would never have seen him on the show. Similarly, this performance is the first time UK viewers have seen New Directions perform without Matt Rutherford as it was explained in Audition that he transferred schools.
  • This is one of three versions of the song not to feature Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, the other two being the version sung by the Haverbrook School for the Deaf, and the solo version performed by Rachel. It is presumed that Chris didn't perform to keep continuity with the show as Kurt had transferred to Dalton Academy at this point, however, this doesn't seem to matter as no episodes from the second season had aired in the UK and British viewers would still presume Kurt was part of New Directions.
  • This is the second time Quinn sings a solo with Finn in this song, the first being the version where she was lead vocalist after Rachel left New Directions in The Rhodes Not Taken.
  • This is also the first time Mike Chang and Brittany Pierce have had solos in the UK. However, in the US at the time of this performance, Brittany and Mike would have had their first performances in Britney/Brittany and Duets, respectively.
  • Towards the end of the song; Amber Riley, Cory, and Lea walk down the stage and onto the walkway surrounding the judges. All three have interaction with Simon Cowell. Lea waves to him, Cory fist-bumps him, and Amber steps off the walk-way and sings her solo notes incredibly close to his face. It is speculated that this was a form of 'revenge', as Amber was rejected from Simon's show American Idol, prior to joining the cast of Glee.
  • New Directions wear the same outfits they wore to their Regionals, to keep with continuity from the show. That makes this the second time these costumes have been worn. They were first worn in Journey, and were then reused by Brittany, Mercedes, and Tina for Kurt's performance of Not the Boy Next Door in Choke.

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