December 10, 2012 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Glee' First Listen: Lea Michele Covers 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' (Exclusive Audio)
Christmas has arrived early.
Days before Fox's Glee unspools its Love, Actually-themed Christmas episode, The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive first listen to Lea Michele's cover of "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
The song, first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943, is one of four tracks available only on Glee's upcoming Christmas album, joining covers of holiday classics performed by Michele's co-stars Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera and Alex Newell. (None of the four songs will be featured in Thursday's hour of the Fox musical.)
"Glee: The Music, the Christmas Album Vol. 3" bows Tuesday. Check out a complete track listing below.
1. Jingle Bell Rock (Chord Overstreet)
2. White Christmas (Darren Criss, Chris Colfer)
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (ensemble)
4. Silent Night (Naya Rivera)*
5. Joy to the World (Alex Newell)*
6. The First Noel (Melissa Benoist)
7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Lea Michele)*
8. Feliz Navidad (Kevin McHale)
9. Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah (Mark Salling, Jacob Artist)
10. Happy Xmas (Cory Monteith)*
* album only
Glee, Actually, which co-creator Ryan Murphy told THR takes "characters that you wouldn't expect should be together and put them together,"airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on Fox.