Big Night for Billy Joel, New York, States of Mind on Fox

Jason Brock
Not Billy Joel!
WRITTEN BY
Caryn Ganz

Two years ago, Billy Joel made it clear his opinion of Glee is a bit different than, say, the Foo Fighters'. "Take it," he told Rolling Stone, instructing the show to nab his tunes at will. "Do the material. I already told them, use my songs. I was in chorus in high school, so I know what that stuff's all about. I love stuff like that."

Take it they have! Last night it came down to reality, which was fine with him, 'cause he's let it slide. Fox featured over-the-top drahhhmatic renditions of Joel's 1976 NYC love letter "New York State of Mind" on back-to-back shows — The X Factor and Glee. Jason Brock delivered the song with soulful flair on the former (song starts at 3:20 mark of video below), and Lea Michele and newcomer Melissa Benoist belted it on the latter.

It was a lot of BJ in a two-hour block of TV, but Billy's got bills to pay, so we'll consider it a Public Service Announcement. Attention, youth of America: This is much, much more important than "Empire State of Mind."

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