This week’s episode of Glee has the cast performing songs from Michael Jackson’s extensive library.  For Naya Rivera, shooting the “Michael” episode evoked memories of her childhood love for the late singer.

“I grew up with Michael Jackson,” says Rivera, who actually visited Neverland Ranch.  “One of my first demo reels, when I was like five, was set to Jam; so I knew who he was, and my parents were huge fans, and they always played his music. So I was very familiar with Michael, watched all of his videos, loved all of them, so I couldn’t be happier and more proud to do his iconic songs.”

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Glee, which features renditions of the Jackson hits “Smooth Criminal,” “Bad,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,'”  airs Tuesday evening (Fox, 8 pm et/pt).

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