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Glee Club


Will Schuester (Former Director)
Finn Hudson (Former Assistant Director)
Holly Holliday (Former Substitute Director)


William McKinley High School


Lima, Ohio


1st Place - 2009-2012 (2010 Tied) (2012 Warblers eliminated)
3rd Place - 2010
1st Place - 2011-2013
12th Place - 2011
1st Place - 2012
2nd Place - 2013




Island of Misfit Toys; Pack of Losers; Ladies, Gays, and In-Betweeners (Sue)
Homo Explosion (Puck)
Lullaby League, No Directions, Geek Club (Dave)
Circus Freaks (Azimio)
Basic Bitches (Kitty)
Your Club (Jake)


New Directions

By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.

Lillian Adler, Pilot

The New Directions is the Glee Club of McKinley High from the Pilot to New Directions. It is given the name of "New Directions" after Will takes over the group. The group wins Sectionals for the three years it is led by Will, and although they place third at Regionals in 2010, they place first at Regionals 2011 with the original songs: Get It Right and Loser Like Me, as they do at Regionals 2012 consisting of three songs; two performed by New Directions, and a third sung by the former Troubletones.

In their first appearance at Nationals in 2011, they place twelfth and do not qualify for the showcase. In the competition they sing Pretending and Light Up the World. They return to Nationals in 2012 for a second year in a row, performing Edge of Glory, It's All Coming Back to Me Now and Paradise by the Dashboard Light. They go on to win, marking the club's first Nationals win since 1993. As stated in "Britney 2.0," the McKinley Glee club was established in 1954.

In Swan Song, they lose Sectionals for the first time in four years, leading to disbandment and The Choir Room being occupied by The Cheerios. Despite this they still hold regular meetings and performances in whatever areas they are able to find. In Naked, the Lima Municipal Court ban the Warblers from competing due to using performance enhancers, effectively reinstating New Directions. The club yet again won Regionals in "All or Nothing."

In City of Angels, they lose Nationals against Throat Explosion, placing second. Due to their loss, the New Directions is officially cancelled by Sue Sylvester, due to lack of school funding.


Former director


Former members

Temporary members

Rejected members

Auxiliary members




Sub Groups

Even though New Direction is a club, multiple sub groups have existed within it.

New Directions Boys

Main article: New Directions Boys

As the name suggests, this group consists of the male members of New Directions. This group was created/founded in the episode Vitamin D after Mr. Schue announced that there will be a Boys vs. Girls Mash-up competition.

New Directions Girls

Main article: New Directions Girls

As the name suggests, this group consists of the female members (and, on some occasions, Kurt) of New Directions. Just like the New Directions Boys, this group was created/founded in the episode Vitamin D after Mr. Schue announced that there will be a Boys vs Girls Mash-up competition.

Sue's Kids

Main article: Sue's Kids

In "Throwdown" when Sue was appointed as Co-Director of New Directions; in a plan to paint Will as racially insensitive, Sue takes all she considers the minority members of New Directions under her. It is no longer active.

Will's Group

Main article: Will's Group

This group consists of the members that Sue did not choose. It is no longer active.

The Justin Bieber Experience

Main article: The Justin Bieber Experience

This group was founded by Sam when trying to win Quinn back, thinking she was no longer interested. It is no longer active.

Booty Camp

Main article: Booty Camp

Created in "I Am Unicorn" in hope of improving the dance skills of most of the members of New Directions who are having trouble with their dancing skills. When Sue becomes apart of New Directions, nearing the end of Season Three, to get back her Cheerios, she makes sure she works them hard at Booty Camp so they can win Nationals.

The Troubletones

Main article: The Troubletones

Originally a rival glee club which have ND's former members Mercedes, Santana and Brittany as leads. After they lost in Sectionals the 3 are offered to rejoin ND and they brought the rest/some of the Troubletones with them.

Competition Setlists

Sectionals, 2009



Regionals, 2010

Sectionals, 2010


  • Unknown Song. Solos: Kurt. (He didn't do it due to his transfer to the Dalton Academy at the end of Furt).
  • Unknown Ballad Song. Solos: Finn and Rachel.
  • Unknown Rock Song. Solos: Mercedes with New Directions.


  • (I've Had) The Time of My Life by Billy Medley and Jennifer Warnes. Solos: Quinn and Sam with Mercedes, Santana and New Directions.
  • Valerie by The Zutons (cover by Amy Winehouse). Solos: Santana with New Directions.

Regionals, 2011


  • Sing by My Chemical Romance. Solos: Finn and Rachel with New Directions.


  • Get It Right by Glee. Solos: Rachel with New Directions Girls.
  • Loser Like Me by Glee. Solos: Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel and Santana with New Directions.

Nationals, 2011


  • Pretending by Glee. Solos: Finn and Rachel.
  • Light up the World by Glee. Solos: Artie, Brittany, Finn, Rachel, Santana and Tina with New Directions.

Sectionals, 2011


  • Jackson Medley
    • ABC by The Jackson 5. Solos: Kurt, Mike, Quinn and Tina with New Directions.
    • Control by Janet Jackson. Solos: Artie, Blaine and Quinn with New Directions.
    • Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson. Solos: Artie, Blaine, Finn, Mike, Puck and Sam with New Directions.

Regionals, 2012


  • Michael Jackson songs (As stated in Michael)


Nationals, 2012



Sectionals, 2012


  • An unspecified Blaine and Marley duet.


  • Gangnam Style by PSY. Solos: Tina with Kitty, Ryder and New Directions.

Regionals, 2013


  • Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
  • You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates


  • Hall of Fame by The Script feat. Solos: Artie, Jake, Joe, Ryder and Sam with New Directions Boys.
  • I Love It by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX. Solos: Brittany, Kitty, Tina and Unique with New Directions Girls.
  • All or Nothing by Glee. Solos: Blaine and Marley with New Directions.

Nationals, 2013


Sung in a Competition Rank

Alumni/Former Members

  • Rachel (13)
  • Artie (11)
  • Finn (10)
  • Mercedes and Santana (9)
  • Blaine and Tina (7)
  • Brittany and Sam (5)
  • Kurt, Puck and Quinn (4)
  • Mike (3)
  • Kitty and Unique (2)
  • Jake, Joe, Marley and Ryder (1)
  • Matt, Lauren, Rory, and Sugar (Haven't sung)

Current and previous members

(Arranged in the chronological order of joining)

No. Name~ Status Solos* Position First Joined Last Appearance as Member
1 Mercedes Jones Graduated 39 Member, Composer Pilot Goodbye
2 Kurt Hummel Graduated 20 Member, Pianist
3 Artie Abrams Graduated 61 Member, Guitarist New Directions
4 Tina Cohen-Chang Graduated 42 Member, Pianist, Costume Committee, Female Lead
5 Rachel Berry Graduated 44 Co-Captain, Female Lead, Composer Goodbye
6 Finn Hudson Graduated 42 Co-Captain, Male Lead, Drummer, Guitarist, Composer
7 Quinn Fabray Graduated 14 Member, Female Lead, Composer Showmance
8 Santana Lopez Graduated 25 Member, Choreographer, Composer, Female Lead
9 Brittany Pierce Graduated 21 Member, Choreographer All or Nothing
10 Noah Puckerman Graduated 12 Member, Guitarist, Pianist, Ambassador, Composer Preggers Goodbye
11 Mike Chang Graduated 5 Member, Choreographer, Booty Camp Instructor
12 Matt Rutherford Transferred 0 Member, Choreographer, Back-Up Singer Journey
13 Jesse St. James Transferred 2 Member, Consultant The Power of Madonna Funk
14 Sam Evans Graduated 30 Member, Guitarist Duets New Directions
15 Lauren Zizes Quit 1 Member, Back-Up Singer Special Education New York
16 Blaine Anderson Graduated 37 Member, Pianist, Male Lead The Purple Piano Project New Directions
17 Rory Flanagan Transferred 2 Member, Costume Committee, Back-Up Singer Pot o' Gold Goodbye
18 Sugar Motta Quit 2 Member, Costume Committee, Back-Up Singer Hold on to Sixteen All or Nothing
19 Joe Hart Quit 4 Member, Guitarist, Costume Committee Big Brother
20 Wade "Unique" Adams Disbanded 9 Member The New Rachel New Directions
21 Marley Rose Disbanded 17 Member, Composer, Pianist
22 Jake Puckerman Disbanded 18 Member, Guitarist, Booty Camp Instructor, Dancer Britney 2.0
23 Ryder Lynn Disbanded 13 Member, Drummer Dynamic Duets
24 Kitty Wilde Disbanded 15 Member, Booty Camp Instructor, Dancer

*Only solos where the whole club performed

~Only members who have been part of the club for more than one episode.


(Temporary Members are not Included)

Season One

  Season One Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Mercedes Jones Joined Active
Kurt Hummel Joined Active
Artie Abrams Joined Active
Tina Cohen-Chang Joined Active
Rachel Berry Joined Active Quits Rejoined Active
Finn Hudson Joined / Quits / Rejoined Active Quits / Rejoined Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Quinn Fabray   Joined Active
Santana Lopez   Joined Active
Brittany Pierce   Joined Active
Noah Puckerman   Joined Active
Mike Chang   Joined Active
Matt Rutherford   Joined Active Absent / Sick Active Transferred
April Rhodes   Joined / Dropped Out   Visited  
Jesse St. James   Joined Active Absent Active Absent Transferred  

Season Two

Season Two Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Mercedes Jones Active
Kurt Hummel Active Transferred Rejoined Active
Artie Abrams Active
Tina Cohen-Chang Active
Rachel Berry Active
Finn Hudson Active
Quinn Fabray Active Quits / Rejoined Active Quits
Santana Lopez Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Brittany Pierce Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Noah Puckerman Active Absent / Sent to Juvie Active
Mike Chang Active
Jesse St. James Rejoined as a Consultant Active Resigned
Becky Jackson Rejected
Sunshine Corazon Joined / Transferred
Sam Evans Joined Active Transferred
Lauren Zizes Joined Active Quits

Season Three

Season Three Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Mercedes Jones Active Quits Rejoined Active Graduated
Kurt Hummel Active Graduated
Artie Abrams Active
Tina Cohen-Chang Active Absent / Sick Active
Rachel Berry Active Suspended Rejoined Active Graduated
Finn Hudson Active Graduated
Quinn Fabray Rejoined Active Absent Active Graduated
Santana Lopez Kicked Out Rejoined Quits Rejoined Active Graduated
Brittany Pierce Active Quits Rejoined Active
Noah Puckerman Active Graduated
Mike Chang Active Graduated
Blaine Anderson Joined Active Absent / Surgery Active
Rory Flanagan Joined Active Absent Active
Sam Evans Rejoined Active
Sugar Motta Rejected Joined Active Absent Active Absent Active
Joe Hart Joined Active

Season Four

Season Four Season Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Mercedes Jones Mentor Mentor Guest
Artie Abrams Active Disbanded Active
Tina Cohen-Chang Active Active
Quinn Fabray Mentor
Santana Lopez Mentor Invited Guest
Brittany Pierce Active Quits/
Active Disbanded Active Absent Active Absent Active Graduated
Noah Puckerman Mentor
Mike Chang Mentor Mentor Guest
Kurt Hummel Guest Guest
Blaine Anderson Active Quits/
Active Disbanded Active
Sam Evans Active Active
Sugar Motta Active Absent Active Absent Active Quits Rejoined Absent Active Absent Active Quits
Joe Hart Active Absent Active Disbanded Active Absent Active Absent Active Quits
Unique Adams Joined Active Absent Active Absent Active Active Absent Active
Marley Rose Joined Active Active
Jake Puckerman Rejected Joined Active Active
Ryder Lynn Joined Active Active Quits
Kitty Wilde Joined Active Active Absent Active

Season Five

Season Five Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Artie Abrams Active Graduated
Tina Cohen-Chang Active Graduated
Blaine Anderson Active Graduated
Sam Evans Active Graduated
Unique Adams Active Disbanded
Marley Rose Active Suspended Active Disbanded
Jake Puckerman Active Disbanded
Ryder Lynn Rejoined Active Disbanded
Kitty Wilde Active Disbanded
Mercedes Jones Guest Guest
Kurt Hummel Guest Guest
Rachel Berry Guest Guest
Santana Lopez Guest Guest
Noah Puckerman Guest Guest
Mike Chang Guest Guest
Quinn Fabray Guest
Brittany Pierce Guest

Complete Table

Episode Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Summer Break
Mercedes Jones One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active Quits Rejoined Active Graduated
Four Mentor Mentor Guest
Five Guest Guest
Kurt Hummel One Joined Active
Two Active Transferred Rejoined Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Guest Guest
Five Guest Guest
Artie Abrams One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active
Four Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Tina Cohen-Chang One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active Absent/
Four Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Rachel Berry One Joined Active Quits Rejoined Active
Two Active
Three Active Suspended Rejoined Active Graduated
Five Guest Guest
Finn Hudson One Joined / Quits / Rejoined Active Quits / Rejoined Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Two Active
Three Active Graduated
Quinn Fabray One Joined Active
Two Active Quits / Rejoined Active Quits
Three Rejoined Active Absent/
Active Graduated
Four Mentor
Santana Lopez One Joined Active
Two Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Three Kicked Out Rejoined Quits Rejoined Active Graduated
Four Mentor Invited Guest
Five Guest Guest
Brittany Pierce One Joined Active
Two Active Quits / Rejoined Active
Three Active Quits Rejoined Active
Four Active Quits/
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Graduated
Noah Puckerman One Joined Active
Two Active Absent/Sent to Juvie Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Mentor
Five Guest Guest
Mike Chang One Joined Active
Two Active
Three Active Graduated
Four Mentor Mentor Guest
Five Guest Guest
Matt Rutherford One Joined Active Absent/ Sick Active Transferred
April Rhodes One Joined / Dropped Out Visited
Jesse St. James One Joined Active Absent Active Absent Transferred
Two Rejoined as a Consultant Active Resigned
Sam Evans Two Joined Active
Three Rejoined Active
Four Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Lauren Zizes Two Joined Active Quits
Becky Jackson Two Rejected
Blaine Anderson Three Joined Active Absent/
Four Active Quits / Rejoined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Rory Flanagan Three Joined Active Absent/
Active Transferred
Sugar Motta Three Rejected Joined Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Four Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Quits Rejoined Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Quits
Joe Hart Three Joined Active
Four Active Absent/
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Quits
Unique Adams Four Joined Active Absent/
Active Absent/
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Five Active Disbanded
Marley Rose Four Joined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Suspended Active Disbanded
Jake Puckerman Four Rejected Joined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded
Ryder Lynn Four Joined Active Disbanded Active Quits
Five Rejoined Active Disbanded
Kitty Wilde


Joined Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Five Active Disbanded



Vocal Adrenaline

New Direction's primary enemy has been Vocal Adrenaline since "Pilot" when they sang Rehab. The real tension didn't start until "Hell-O," when Rachel started to go out with Jesse St. James, the lead of Vocal Adrenaline. Jesse then joined New Directions, in which everyone thought he was a spy. Also, Will made out with Shelby Corcoran, who was coach at time for Vocal Adrenaline (but now, she is a former coach of Vocal Adrenaline) in "Hell-O." In "Funk," Jesse switched back to Vocal Adrenaline, and they put the New Directions in a funk by singing Another One Bites the Dust. New Directions got them back by singing Give up the Funk. At Regionals, Vocal Adrenaline won. But later, Shelby Corcoran adopted New Direction member Quinn Fabray's baby, Beth Corcoran. Now, Shelby is no longer the coach. Instead, it is now run by Dustin Goolsby who took New Direction's newest star singer, Sunshine Corazon, and transferred her to Vocal Adrenaline. They competed against Vocal Adrenaline at Nationals in 2011. Despite their respective groups being enemies, Rachel and Sunshine reconciled before their Nationals performances.

Football Players

The Football players normally pick on the glee kids. In "Pilot," a group of them lock Artie in a port-a-potty. In "Mattress," Dave Karofsky and Azimio Adams threaten to draw on Finn's face. In "Theatricality," they bully Tina and Kurt. Karofsky and Azimio however later goes to attack Kurt for his Lady Gaga costume, but are stopped when the entire New Directions appears in their own Lady Gaga and KISS costumes, forcing them to retreat.

In "Never Been Kissed," Dave bullies Kurt in a far more personal and frequent manner which becomes more and more difficult for Kurt to deal with. When Kurt finally stands up to him, he kisses Kurt, but when Kurt does not return the kiss, he becomes enraged and begins to bully Kurt even more intently to the point of threatening to kill him should Kurt ever tell anyone about the kiss.

In "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle," Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste, arrange to have the Football Team and New Directions join forces to perform Thriller/Heads Will Roll at the halftime show at the championship game. Both groups were reluctant at first, especially Dave. They put aside their differences at first but when the Hockey Team slushies the Football team, The Football Team backs out of the performance and quit the team. Later, the girls join the football team to fill in and almost cause them to lose. Puck convinces the football team except Dave to return and perform during the halftime show. Dave later watches the halftime show and enthusiastically joins in halfway through. After the performance the football team wins the championship game. When Finn later asks Dave to join New Direction permanently, Dave refuses, telling him that nothing has changed.

In "Silly Love Songs," Finn mentions that it's been a week since anyone in the Glee Club has been slushied. This shows that even though the Football Team and the Glee club aren't friends, they have reached an understanding.


Sue Sylvester

Sue has been a common enemy of New Directions since the pilot where she wanted the Glee club to be demolished. She has made several attempts to get rid of them. These include becoming a co-director of New Directions in "Throwdown," where she divided the team up to foster discord; sending Quinn, Santana, and Brittany to spy on the club; attempting to disqualify the club for their mattress commercial, and leaking their setlist to the opposition for Sectionals in Season 1. She also upset several individual members, such as Quinn Fabray by kicking her off the Cheerios, leaving her with just Glee club. In "Funk," she let Vocal Adrenaline put New Directions in a funk by giving them access to the choir room to vandalize it, and the auditorium so they could prepare their "funk-ification" number. In "Audition," she told Vocal Adrenaline about Sunshine Corazon, a very talented student who had joined New Directions, and Sunshine was subsequently poached to the other team. During "The Substitute," she developed a hatred towards New Direction member Mercedes Jones for demolishing her car. She also fired Will in her capacity as the new school principal (but later rehired him after Holly Holiday proved incompetent).

However, she does have her moments of being kind/considerate to New Directions and its members. During "The Power of Madonna," she lets Kurt and Mercedes join the Cheerios after they help boost her self-esteem by making a video recreation of Vogue. In "Wheels," she realizes she could do more to help the handicapable students and writes a check to install three new wheelchair ramps in the school, including into the auditorium. In "Grilled Cheesus," she took an unpopular stance against religious/spiritual music in Glee Club on behalf of Kurt, and when questioned about it proved to have sincere motives. In "Furt," she utilized her authority as new school principal to try and stop the constant bullying Kurt faced, going so far as to expel Dave Karofsky. When the expulsion was overturned, she resigned her new post in protest.

Despite her hatred of New Directions, she actually saved them from disbanding on several occasions. When she was a judge at Regionals, she defended New Directions to the other judges, and voted for them as the winner, but they still came in last place. Later, seeing the club perform "To Sir, With Love," she utilized the remainder of her blackmailing leverage against Figgins to give the Glee club another year. In "Big Brother," she is helping them win Nationals. But when they lose Nationals, she returns to her typical ways of abusing the club.

Bryan Ryan

Bryan Ryan was an old friend of Will, and he talked to the glee club in "Dream On" about how they will never get far. He ended up almost getting rid of them, but later he started to like them, and then hated them again, and then, in the end, didn't do anything to them.

Sandy Ryerson

Sandy was the old coach of the Glee club, and he teamed up with Sue in Preggers to get Rachel to quit New Directions. This worked, but Rachel returned. He befriends Will, and helps New Directions win the battle in Funk. Later in A Night of Neglect, he joins Sue's League of Doom, and helps form the heckling club. He and members Azimio, Becky, and Jacob manage to heckle Tina off the stage. Later, after watching Mercedes's performance of "Ain't No Way," he breaks down and decides to use his drug money to help the Braniacs go to Detroit.

Former Enemies

The Unholy Trinity

A group of friends consisting of Quinn Fabray, Santana Lopez, and Brittany Pierce, the most popular girls in school. During the first episodes of the first season, they used to think that the glee club was stupid and only for nerds and geeks. In Showmance, however, they join New Directions because Quinn was secretly jealous of Finn and Rachel's relationship. When Sue Sylvester discovers that they have joined, she is surprisingly glad, and she demands them to work as a double-agents, spying for her, which the three of them accept. They are no longer considered enemies because they started to feel comfortable in the club and really enjoyed their time there.

Terri Del Monico

Terri hasn't been so much about the Glee club. In Throwdown, she encourages Will to get in the gutter to win the battle between Sue and him. In "Mattress," she blames her fake pregnancy on the Glee Club. In Funk, she helps members like Puck and Finn. She scored them plane tickets to New York in Funeral.

The Troubletones

As another show choir at McKinley High, The Troubletones' main performers all used to be in New Directions, until swapping over to become featured more frequently. After watching them in Mash Off, New Directions knew they had some competition to beat at the 2011 Sectionals. They competed against New Directions at the 2011 Sectionals, and placed 2nd, losing out to New Directions. After Sectionals, director Shelby Corcoran left the school and the choir disbanded, with Santana, Brittany, and Mercedes rejoining New Directions along with Sugar.

Championship competitors

Jane Addams Academy

After witnessing the Academy's routine for sectionals, New Directions decided to attempt hairography, but fails to put together a routine that looked as good as the Academy's. At Sectionals 2009, Sue leaked the New Direction's setlist to the Academy and Haverbrook's School for the Deaf. Hesitantly, they copied the routines, but ended up failing anyway.

Haverbrook School for the Deaf

Two other teams were at Sectionals 2009, and cheated off of New Directions. Emma defended them, and eventually New Directions won, having to make a new setlist.

Vocal Adrenaline

Vocal Adrenaline competed against New Directions at 2010 Midwest Regional Championship, and Vocal Adrenaline won. They also competed against New Directions and other show choirs in the whole country for the 2011 Nationals, wherein they placed in the top ten.

Aural Intensity

Aural Intensity competed with New Directions at 2010 Regionals. At 2011 Regionals, they competed again against New Directions but lost.

The Hipsters

The Hipsters are a group of adults in high school. They are New Directions' competition for Sectionals 2010. They placed third overall.

Dalton Academy Warblers

In Season 2, The Warblers are the New Directions' main rival at Sectionals 2010. They are an a cappella group from Dalton Academy, an all-boys boarding school in Westerville. Kurt spies on them, and sees that they are really good. Kurt develops a friendship with their lead singer, Blaine, and they become good friends. He eventually transfers to Dalton and performs Hey, Soul Sister with them at Sectionals. Unlike prior Glee club, there appears to be no actual dislike or rivalry between New Directions and the Warblers, as seen when the Warblers call Kurt out on spying, and then invite him for coffee in a friendly gesture.

In Furt, Kurt switches to the Dalton Academy Warblers, causing the tension to become even deeper. But later, they both tie at Sectionals and thus move onto the regional competition. Then at Regionals, as the New Directions perform "Loser Like Me," Kurt gets the other Warblers to wear foam fingers and lead the crowd in cheering on the New Directions.

New Directions faces off with The Warblers for a third time in On My Way, but not before having a showdown three episodes prior to see who could perform Michael at Regionals. The New Directions allow their opponent to take the victory, however neither of the show choirs perform Michael Jackson. After Sebastian's menacing goes too far, he apologizes to several members of New Directions after Dave Karofsky's suicide attempt. He decides to donate his proceeds to the Lady Gaga "Born This Way" Foundation, and things are settled. Sebastian leads The Warblers in both their songs at Regionals, and eyes their competition, who stand and praise. To return the favor, The Warblers enthusiastically participated during New Directions' final two numbers. In the end, Dalton Academy is awarded with second place.

The Golden Goblets

The Golden Goblets was a show choir who participated in the 2012 Midwest Regional Championship. They faced off against the New Directions and the Warblers, and come from a religious institution. Although being quite good, as they won their Sectionals and got praise from Puck, were awarded third. They seemed to be quite content with their place, however.

The Unitards

The Unitards are a show choir that competed in the 2012 Sectionals. Their lead singer is Harmony, who had met Rachel and Kurt at the NYADA mixer. They seemed very happy with their result although they only placed third.

Portland Scale Blazers

Portland Scale Blazers are a show choir that won the 2011 National Show Choir Championship and competed with New Directions, Vocal Adrenaline and 37 other groups in 2012 Show Choir National Championship in Chicago, IL, and came in third place.

The Rosedale Mennonites

The Rosedale Mennonites are a show choir group that performed against the New Directions and the Warblers at the 2012 Western Ohio Sectional Championship. They appear to follow the mennonite faith.

The Hoosierdaddies

The Hoosierdaddies is a show choir at North Central High School in Indianapolis. It is led by Frida Romero, who makes her first brief appearance in Lights Out. They compete against New Directions at the 2013 Midwest Regional Championship in All or Nothing. In Shooting Star, Tina states that she thinks their name is very smart.

The Waffletoots

The Waffletoots are a show choir group from Zeigler Preparatory School in Cincinnati, Ohio that performed against the New Directions at the 2011 Show Choir National Championship and the 2013 Midwest Regional Championship, though not seen on screen in the first one. They placed third in both competitions.

Throat Explosion

Throat Explosion is a glee club introduced in A Katy or A Gaga, the fourth episode of Season Five. They are described as a group of "outsiders." Throat Explosion seem to be one of the best teams out there aside from Vocal Adrenaline and The Warblers. Later, in City of Angels, they compete against the New Directions and 15 other groups in the 2013 National Show Choir Championships, and came in first place.

The Amazonians

The Amazonians is a girls-only glee club introduced in Season Five. They originate from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They compete against the New Directions and 15 other groups in the 2013 National Show Choir Championships, and came in third place.

Competition costumes


(Season 1)


(Season 2)


(Season 3)


(Season 4 and 5)

Songs performed

Below is a list of songs New Directions have sung as a group.

Season One

Song Episode Solos
Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat Pilot Artie, Kurt, and Tina
You're The One That I Want Finn and Rachel
Don't Stop Believin'
Le Freak Showmance N/A
Gold Digger Artie, Mercedes, and Will
Push It Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, and Tina
Don't Stop Believin' The Rhodes Not Taken Finn and Quinn
Last Name April
Somebody to Love Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Mercedes
Ride wit Me Throwdown N/A
Keep Holding On Finn and Rachel
Bust a Move Mash-Up Will
Proud Mary Wheels Artie, Mercedes, and Tina with Finn
Lean on Me Ballad Artie and Mercedes with Tina
Hair/Crazy in Love Hairography Artie and Mercedes
Imagine Artie, Finn, Mercedes, and Rachel
True Colors Tina
Jump Mattress Artie, Finn, Mercedes and Rachel
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
You Can't Always Get What You Want Sectionals
My Life Would Suck Without You Finn, Rachel, and Tina*
Gives You Hell Hell-O Rachel
Hello, Goodbye Finn and Rachel
Like a Prayer The Power of Madonna Finn, Jesse*, Kurt, Mercedes, and Rachel
Ice Ice Baby Bad Reputation Will
Total Eclipse of the Heart Finn, Jesse, Puck, and Rachel
One Laryngitis Finn, Rachel, and Sean with Mercedes
Dream a Little Dream Dream On Artie
Give up the Funk Funk Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes and Tina
Faithfully Journey Finn and Rachel
Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, and Rachel
Don't Stop Believin' Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
To Sir, With Love Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Tina

Season Two

Song Episode Solos
Empire State of Mind Audition Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
Toxic Britney/Brittany Brittany, Rachel, Santana, Tina, and Will
One of Us Grilled Cheesus Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Quinn, Rachel, and Tina
There's a Light (Over At the Frankenstein Place) The Rocky Horror Glee Show Finn, Kurt*, and Rachel
The Time Warp Artie, Brittany, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Quinn, Santana*, and Tina
Forget You The Substitute Artie, Holly, Mercedes, and Santana
Singing In the Rain/Umbrella Artie, Holly, and Will
Marry You Furt Artie, Brittany, Finn, Mike, Quinn, Rachel, Sam, and Tina
Just the Way You Are Finn
(I've Had) The Time of My Life Special Education Quinn and Sam with Mercedes and Santana
Valerie Santana
Dog Days Are Over Mercedes and Tina
The Most Wonderful Day of the Year A Very Glee Christmas Artie, Brittany, Kurt*, Quinn, Sam, and Tina
We Need a Little Christmas Kurt*, Mercedes, and Tina
Welcome Christmas Artie, Mercedes, and Rachel
Thriller/Heads Will Roll The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Santana
Sing Comeback Finn and Rachel
Blame It (On the Alcohol) Blame It on the Alcohol Artie, Mercedes, Puck, and Santana
TiK ToK Brittany with Artie and Mercedes
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) Sexy Holly
Get It Right Original Song Rachel with Brittany and Tina
Loser Like Me Finn, Brittany, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Born This Way Born This Way Kurt, Mercedes, and Tina
Don't Stop Rumours Finn, Quinn, Rachel, and Sam
Pure Imagination Funeral Artie, Finn, Kurt, and Tina
I Love New York/New York, New York New York Artie, Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Light Up The World Artie, Brittany, Finn, Rachel, Santana, and Tina

Season Three

Song Episode Solos
We Got the Beat The Purple Piano Project Brittany, Rachel, and Santana
You Can't Stop the Beat Artie, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, and Tina
Fix You Asian F Will with Artie
Last Friday Night Pot o' Gold Blaine with Artie and Mike
Hit Me with Your Best Shot/One Way or Another Mash Off Finn and Santana
I Can't Go for That/You Make My Dreams Finn, Quinn, Rory, and Tina
Red Solo Cup Hold on to Sixteen Sam with Finn, Mike, Quinn, and Tina
ABC Kurt, Mike, Quinn, and Tina
Control Artie, Blaine, and Quinn
Man in the Mirror Artie, Blaine, Finn, Mike, Puck, and Sam
We Are Young Finn, Mercedes, Quinn, Rachel, Sam, and Santana
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed The World) Extraordinary Merry Christmas Artie, Brittany, Blaine, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
We Found Love Yes/No Rachel and Santana
Summer Nights Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Puck, Rory, Sam, Santana, Sugar, and Tina
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Blaine
Bad Artie, Blaine, Sebastian and Santana
Black or White Artie, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, and Santana
Sexy and I Know It The Spanish Teacher David with Artie
Love Shack Heart Blaine, Brittany, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, and Sugar*
Fly/I Believe I Can Fly On My Way Artie, Blaine, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Here's to Us Rachel
I'm Still Standing Big Brother Artie and Quinn
Hungry Like the Wolf/Rio Blaine and Cooper
Night Fever Saturday Night Glee-ver Blaine, Joe, and Will
Stayin' Alive Finn, Mercedes, and Santana
It's Not Right But It's Okay Dance with Somebody Blaine
My Love Is Your Love Artie, Mercedes, Kurt and Blaine
Because You Loved Me Props Tina
Flashdance... What a Feeling Rachel and Tina
Paradise By The Dashboard Light Nationals Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
It's All Coming Back to Me Now Rachel
Tongue Tied Artie, Finn, Rachel, and Santana
We Are The Champions Finn, Kurt, Quinn, Puck, Rachel, and Santana
I'll Remember Goodbye Kurt
You Get What You Give Finn, Puck, Sam*, Mercedes, and Rachel
In My Life Artie, Blaine, Joe, Rory, Sam, Sugar, and Tina

Season Four

Song Episode Solos
Chasing Pavements The New Rachel Marley
Gimme More Britney 2.0 Brittany
Born to Hand Jive The Role You Were Born to Play Jake, Marley, Mercedes, and Ryder
You're the One That I Want Glease Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Marley and Ryder
Holding Out for a Hero Dynamic Duets Kitty and Marley
Some Nights Blaine, Jake, Joe, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, Sam and Tina
Gangnam Style Thanksgiving Tina with Kitty and Ryder
Don't Dream It's Over Swan Song Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Marley, Sam, and Tina
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Glee, Actually Blaine, Brittany, Jake, Marley, and Sam
This Is the New Year Naked Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Jake, Marley, Ryder, Sam, Tina and Unique
Don't Stop Me Now Diva Blaine
Anything Could Happen I Do Artie, Jake, and Marley
Shout Girls (and Boys) on Film Blaine and Brittany
In Your Eyes Will with Unique
Footloose Artie, Joe, and Sam
The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up Feud Ryder and Unique
I Still Believe/Super Bass Blaine and Sue
Closer Jake and Ryder
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Guilty Pleasures Blaine and Sam
Mamma Mia Blaine, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Unique
Copacabana Sam
More Than Words Shooting Star Brittany and Sam
Say Blaine, Brittany, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Ryder
Outcast Sweet Dreams Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, and Unique
We Will Rock You Lights Out Artie, Blaine, Jake, and Ryder
Longest Time Artie, Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, and Sam
For Once in My Life Wonder-ful Artie
Superstition Blaine, Marley, and Mercedes
I Wish Jake with Marley
Hall of Fame All or Nothing Artie, Jake, Joe, Ryder, and Sam
I Love It Brittany, Kitty, Tina, and Unique
All or Nothing Blaine and Marley

Season Five

Song Episode Solos
Help! Love, Love, Love Blaine and Sam
All You Need Is Love Blaine
Hey Jude Tina in the Sky with Diamonds Blaine, Kitty, Sam, and Tina
Let It Be Artie, Kitty, and Tina
Seasons of Love The Quarterback Mercedes, Santana, Kurt, Puck, Tina, and Mike
I'll Stand by You Mercedes
If I Die Young Santana
Fire and Rain Artie and Sam
Roar A Katy or A Gaga Tina, Unique, Kitty, and Sam
Blurred Lines The End of Twerk Will, Artie, Jake, and Bree
On Our Way Unique, Blaine, Sam, Ryder, Artie, Jake, Tina, Kitty, and Marley
Movin' Out Movin' Out Blaine and Sam
My Life Jake
You May Be Right Will, Jake, Ryder, Artie, and Kitty
You're My Best Friend Puppet Master Blaine
The Fox

Blaine, Tina, Jake, and Artie

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Previously Unaired Christmas Will, Marley, Kitty, Jake, and Artie
Love Child Unique
Away In A Manger Kitty
Whenever I Call You Friend Frenemies Artie and Tina
My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) Artie and Tina
Breakaway Artie, Tina, and Blaine
Hold On Trio Tina, Blaine, Artie, and Sam
I Love L.A. City of Angels Will, Blaine, Artie, Jake, and Sam
More Than a Feeling Blaine and Tina
America Artie, Unique, Sam, and Kitty
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Sam, Blaine, Artie, and Tina
Raise Your Glass 100 April and Will
Happy Holly, Mercedes, Blaine, and Will
Total Eclipse of the Heart New Directions April and Will
Don't Stop Believin' Rachel, Artie, Blaine, Tina, Kurt, and Will
  • * denotes that singer was included on the album version only.
  • denotes that singer was included on the episode version only.



Rachel's audition.

Almost every member of the club auditioned, although some of them didn't because they already proved their talent like Puck, who was in Acafellas; Finn, who sung in the showers and was heard by Will; Matt and Mike, who danced to Single Ladies; Sam, who sung with the New Directions Boys; Jesse and Blaine, who were the leads of Vocal Adrenaline and the Dalton Academy Warblers respectively and Joe, who was heard singing with The God Squad. However, Jacob and Lauren joined without an audition because they joined as quick replacements for Finn and Kurt, respectively. Ryder and Kitty didn't audition for New Directions due to their talent in the school production of Grease, and to complete the number of members needed for New Directions. It is assumed that Artie auditioned, though it wasn't shown.

Other people joined after performing a number with/before other New Direction members:


From time to time Mr. Schue, Finn (I Kissed a Girl and Dynamic Duets) or Sue, Coach Roz and Coach Beiste (Choke) gives the students an assignment. This is the list of songs sung as an assignment.

Season One

Songs for the Assembly (Showmance):

Songs for the Invitational (The Rhodes Not Taken):

Boys vs Girls Mash-Up Competition (Vitamin D):

Sue's Kids vs Will's Group (Throwdown):

Song to mash with Bust a Move (Mash-Up):

First Diva-Off (Wheels):

Wheelchair Number (Wheels):

Ballads (Ballad):

Hairography Number (Hairography):

Songs that say Hello (Hell-O):

WWMD (What Would Madonna Do?) (The Power of Madonna):

Finding a new Home (Home):

Songs with Bad Reputation (Bad Reputation):

Songs that best represent your feelings (Laryngitis):

Theatricality Number (Theatricality):

Funk Number (Funk):

Season Two

Song to recruit new members (Audition):

Adult Contemporary songs (Britney/Brittany):

Religious songs (Grilled Cheesus):

Duets Competition (Duets):

Songs for the school musical (The Rocky Horror Glee Show)

Boys vs Girls Second Mash-Up Competition (Never Been Kissed):

Songs for Burt and Carole's Wedding (Furt):

Christmas Carols (A Very Glee Christmas):

Halftime Routine (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle):

Love Songs (Silly Love Songs):

Anthems (Comeback):

Songs that show the dangers of drinking (Blame It on the Alcohol):

Original songs for Regionals (Original Song):

Songs for the Benefit Concert (A Night of Neglect):

Songs that show Acceptance (Born This Way):

Fleetwood Mac Tribute (Rumours):

Songs for Junior Prom (Prom Queen):

Auditions for the solo in the Nationals 2011 (Funeral):

Original songs for Nationals 2011 (New York):

Season Three

Songs for the Purple Piano Project (The Purple Piano Project):

Audition for the West Side Story Musical (I Am Unicorn/Asian F):

West Side Story Musical Rehearsals and Show (The First Time):

New Directions vs. Troubletones (Mash Off):

Songs performed by a female artist "Lady Music Week" (I Kissed a Girl):

Songs for the Christmas Special: (Extraordinary Merry Christmas):

Proposal Songs (Yes/No):

WWMJD (What Would Michael Jackson Do?) (Michael):

Songs of Hispanic Relation (The Spanish Teacher):

World's Greatest Love Songs (Heart):

Songs from "Saturday Night Fever" (Saturday Night Glee-ver):

Whitney Houston Tribute (Dance with Somebody):

Anti-Domestic Violence Songs (Choke):

Songs for Senior Prom (Prom-asaurus):

Songs to say Goodbye (Goodbye):

Season Four

Songs by Britney Spears (Britney 2.0):

Auditions for Grease (The Role You Were Born to Play):

Grease rehearsals and show (Glease):

Dynamic Duets (Dynamic Duets):

Ladies' Choice (Sadie Hawkins):

Men of McKinley Calendar (Naked):

DIVA Week (Diva):

Songs from Movies (Girls (and Boys) on Film):

Musical Feuds (Feud):

Guilty Pleasure Songs (Guilty Pleasures):

Last Chance Songs (Shooting Star):

Unplugged Songs (Lights Out):

Stevie Wonder Week (Wonder-ful):

Season Five

The Beatles Tribute Week One (Love, Love, Love):

The Beatles Tribute Week Two and Prom Night (Tina in the Sky with Diamonds):

Finn (The Quarterback):

Katy vs Gaga (A Katy or A Gaga):

Twerk (The End of Twerk):

Billy Joel Tribute (Movin' Out):

Green Christmas, Auditions for Virgin Mary and Christmas Nativity Scene (Previously Unaired Christmas):

Lesson Number 100: Reinvent Songs Previously Sung by the Glee Club (100 and New Directions):


  • The name "New Directions" is a play on the words "Nude Erections," pointed out by Ryan Murphy in the visual commentary for Pilot who stated that "no one ever got that joke." This is reinforced by the fact Will gets the idea for the club name naked in bed.
  • The club never starts the season off with enough members.
    • Season One: The club had just been created and only five auditioned and were accepted. Another had been recruited.
    • Season Two: The club started off eleven members because Matt had transferred schools. Sam got his place in the club.
    • Season Three: The club started off with ten members because Sam transferred and Lauren and Quinn quit the club. Sam and Quinn rejoined, and Blaine filled in for Lauren.
    • Season Four: The club members started off with eight members because eight of them graduated and one was deported. Unique joined and open auditions were held.
    • Season Five: The club started off with nine members due to Brittany leaving in All or Nothing and Joe and Sugar quitting, without explanation, after that episode.
  • The first six members joined separately, while the second six joined in threes.
  • Artie and Tina are the members that have been in the club the longest.
    • Along with Puck and Mike, they are the four of the original twelve members who have never left the club.
    • However, in Acafellas, they came close to quitting after the cruel treatment of choreographer Dakota Stanley, but Rachel convinced them not to.
  • Though they supposedly meet before and after classes, it appears that they often meet during school hours, but this is not explained.
  • Every member has dated, made out with, crushed on or slept with at least one other member.
  • Though the Glee club is not treated very kindly by the rest of the school, they get applauded and cheered for by McKinley students when performing at pep rally assemblies and invitationals.
  • Though Emma said in Special Education that for the competition Will always has Finn and Rachel sing a ballad with Mercedes wailing on the last note, Will has only featured this setlist once. He planned the setlist this way for Regionals, but he never planned a setlist for Sectionals in Season One; the glee club members did that on their own. However, she was probably referring to the normal group numbers that feature Finn and Rachel singing lead with Mercedes singing the last note as it was common practice throughout Season One.
  • Will often says that the Glee club will do a number that can be performed at a competition, but this has yet to happen (ex: "Defying Gravity," "Gold Digger," "Flashdance... What a Feeling," etc.).
  • In Sectionals, Rachel states that when you are last to perform you are the one that is fresh to the judges' minds and when last, the judges will appreciate it more. They have never once lost in a competition when they were in the third or first slot, with the exception of 2013 Nationals, where they were in the last spot and came in second.
  • Will states in one episode that the New Directions were one of the most diverse clubs in the school. Members have included at least five Christians (Mercedes, Quinn, Sam, Joe, and Kitty), four Jews (Rachel, Tina, Puck, and Jake), at least one atheist (Kurt), five LGBT members (Kurt and Blaine being gay; Unique being transgender; Santana being a lesbian; and Brittany being bisexual), four African-Americans (Mercedes, Matt, Jake, and Unique), one Latina (Santana), three Asians (Tina, Mike, and Sunshine), a foreign exchange student (Rory), two physically disabled people (Artie and Quinn, but she recovered), and two dyslexic people (Sam and Ryder).
  • So far Rachel, Finn, Santana, Tina, Puck, Mercedes, Brittany, Will, and Marley have all written at least one original song. Quinn aided in writing one, though unintentionally. Sue was also the inspiration for one of their original songs.
  • The only members who have never been slushied on-screen are Brittany, Lauren, Rory, Sugar, Joe, Ryder, and Kitty.
    • Blaine has been slushied, but not by a McKinley student.
  • Rachel, Santana, and Tina are the only members who have gotten a full solo in a competition. Coincidentally, they are all female.
  • Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Sam, Marley, Blaine, and Tina are the only members who have sung in a duet in a competition.
  • Rachel and Tina are the only members who have sung a solo, a duet, and a group number in a competition.
    • Blaine has also accomplished this, but he was not a member of the New Directions when he sang a solo.
  • Sugar has the most amount of absences in almost twenty group numbers since she joined the club.
  • Artie, Tina, and Brittany are the members to have won the most Regionals competitions.
  • Sugar and Matt are the only former members not to appear in any Christmas episodes.
  • Tina and Artie are the only members to have competed in all of the competitions up to date.
  • Don't Stop Believin' was the first and last released New Directions song.



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