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Mercedes Sings "I Will Always Love You" - Glee Producers Dedicate Ep. to Whitney Houston

Mercedes Sings "I Will Always Love You" - Glee Producers Dedicate Ep. to Whitney Houston

Glee producers have confirmed that the show’s Valentine’s Day episode entitled “Heart,” which features Amber Riley’s Mercedes singing “I Will Always Love You,” will be dedicated to Whitney Houston, who died suddenly in Los Angeles on Saturday

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Glee producers have confirmed that the show’s Valentine’s Day episode entitled “Heart,” which features Amber Riley’s Mercedes singing “I Will Always Love You,” will be dedicated to Whitney Houston, who died suddenly in Los Angeles on Saturday, reports E!Online.

The episode was shot well before Houston’s untimely death but the Dolly Parton penned song that became Houston’s biggest hit when she sang it for the soundtrack of the 1992 film The Bodyguard made it into Mercedes’ storyline as she weighs her love for Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Shane (LaMarcus Tinker).

Glee creator Ryan Murphy had been pushing Riley to cover the Houston classic for "such a long time," Riley said in an interview with E! "It's such a song that's so close to my heart and it's very challenging vocally. [But] I went for it and it's very, I guess, befitting that we're doing it this Tuesday. We were celebrating her in life when we recorded and now, we're celebrating her legacy."

Producers have confirmed to E! that a card with a dedication to Houston will appear in the credits of the episode.

An ardent Houston fan Riley told E! "I was very broken up (on Sunday). My dad actually called me and told me. He was like, 'Are you driving because I'll need you to pull over,' because he knows how much I love Whitney Houston."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.