'Glee' First Listen: Lea Michele Covers 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' (Exclusive Audio)

Lea Michele Glee Christmas Album Vol 3 Inset - P 2012
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Lea Michele Glee Christmas Album Vol 3 Inset - P 2012

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."

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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.

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