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Type:

Glee club

Head:

Will Schuester
(director; former)
Finn Hudson
(co-director; former)

Location:

Lima, Ohio

Institution:

William McKinley High School

Awards:

Sectionals:
1st Place (2009—2012)
Regionals:
3rd Place (2010)
1st Place (2011—2013)
Nationals:
12th Place (2011)
1st Place (2012)
2nd Place (2013)

Status:

Inactive/Disbanded

First episode:

Pilot

Last episode:

New Directions

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

Lillian Adler, Pilot

New Directions was a glee club originating at William McKinley High School. 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.

Members

Directors

Alumni

Former members

Temporary members

Rejected students

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

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

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
Regionals, 2011
Nationals, 2011

Sectionals, 2011
Regionals, 2012
Nationals, 2012

Sectionals, 2012
Regionals, 2013
Nationals, 2013

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 20 Member, Pianist
3 Artie Abrams 61 Member, Guitarist New Directions
4 Tina Cohen-Chang 42 Member, Pianist, Costume Committee, Female Lead
5 Rachel Berry 44 Co-Captain, Female Lead, Composer Goodbye
6 Finn Hudson 42 Co-Captain, Male Lead, Drummer, Guitarist, Composer
7 Quinn Fabray 14 Member, Female Lead, Composer Showmance
8 Santana Lopez 25 Member, Choreographer, Composer, Female Lead
9 Brittany Pierce 21 Member, Choreographer All or Nothing
10 Noah Puckerman 12 Member, Guitarist, Pianist, Ambassador, Composer Preggers Goodbye
11 Mike Chang 5 Member, Choreographer, Booty Camp Instructor
12 Matt Rutherford Transferred 0 Member, Choreographer, Back-Up Singer Journey
13 Jesse St. James 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 4 Member, Guitarist, Costume Committee Big Brother
20 Unique Adams Disbanded 9 Member The New Rachel New Directions
21 Marley Rose 17 Member, Composer, Pianist
22 Jake Puckerman 18 Member, Guitarist, Booty Camp Instructor, Dancer Britney 2.0
23 Ryder Lynn 13 Member, Drummer Dynamic Duets
24 Kitty Wilde 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.

Attendance

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/
Sick
Active
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/
Sick
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/
Rejoined
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Sick
Active Absent/
MIT
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/
Surgery
Active
Four Active Quits / Rejoined Active Disbanded Active
Five Active Disbanded Graduated
Rory Flanagan Three Joined Active Absent/
Sick
Active Transferred
Sugar Motta Three Rejected Joined Active Absent/
Sick
Active Absent/
Sick
Active
Four Active Absent/
Sick
Active Absent/
Sick
Active Quits Rejoined Absent/
Sick
Active Absent/
Sick
Active Quits
Joe Hart Three Joined Active
Four Active Absent/
Sick
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Sick'
Active Absent/
Sick
Active Quits
Unique Adams Four Joined Active Absent/
Sick
Active Absent/
Sick
Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Sick
Active
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

Four

Joined Active Disbanded Active Absent/
Sick
Active
Five Active Disbanded
Note: Temporary members are not included.

Competition costumes

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
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 Cohen-Chang
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, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, 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, Blaine, Kurt, and Mercedes
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, Kurt, Marley, Rachel, Ryder, and Santana
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, Kurt, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
Seasons of Love The Quarterback Kurt, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Santana, Tina
I'll Stand by You Mercedes
If I Die Young Santana
Fire and Rain Artie and Sam
Roar A Katy or A Gaga Dani, Elliott, Kitty, Sam, Tina, Unique
Blurred Lines The End of Twerk Artie, Bree, Jake, and Will
On Our Way Artie, Blaine, Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, Sam, Tina, and Unique
Movin' Out Movin' Out Blaine and Sam
My Life Jake
You May Be Right Artie, Jake, Kitty, Ryder, and Will
You're My Best Friend Puppet Master Blaine
The Fox Artie, Blaine, Elliott, Jake, Rachel, Santana, and Tina
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Previously Unaired Christmas Artie, Jake, Kitty, Marley, and Will
Love Child Unique with Marley and Tina
Away In A Manger Kitty, Kurt, Rachel, and Santana
Whenever I Call You Friend Frenemies Artie and Tina
My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) Artie and Tina
Breakaway Artie, Blaine, and Tina
Hold On Trio Artie, Blaine, Dani, Elliott, Kurt, Rachel, Sam, Santana, and Tina
I Love L.A. City of Angels Artie, Blaine, Jake, Sam, and Will
More Than a Feeling Blaine and Tina
America Artie, Kitty, Sam, and Unique
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Artie, Blaine, Sam, and Tina
Raise Your Glass 100 April and Will
Happy Blaine, Holly Mercedes, and Will
Total Eclipse of the Heart New Directions April and Will
Don't Stop Believin' Artie, Blaine, Kurt, Rachel, Tina, and Will

  • * denotes that singer was included on the album version only.
  • denotes that singer was included on the episode version only.

Auditions

Glee-on-my-own

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:

Assignments

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 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):

Trivia

  • 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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