The song, which was originally recorded by The Band Perry, is a mournful ballad that will commemorate Monteith's recent, untimely death. The tune, written by lead singer Kimberly Perry, became a big hit for the sibling trio in 2010.
Rivera's cover is an awesome rendition of the song and is very fitting to Monteith's tragic, early death. The actress/singer tribute to her co-star will be one of many, featuring covers of "Seasons of Love" from Rent, "I'll Stand by You" from The Pretenders, "Fire & Rain" from James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender."
Thursday's Glee episode is titled "The Quarterback," obviously referencing Monteith's character Finn Hudson and, according to show creator Ryan Murphy, it was very hard to work on.
"The episode is called 'The Quarterback,' and Cory really was that to that group of people and to me particularly," Murphy told MTV, "That group of kids particularly went through the limelight and became world famous at a very difficult age, and many of them have struggled with it... Cory obviously very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that's why everybody loved him."
Murphy added that Monteith was always "the most kind, the most generous" and he "never a bad word for anybody."
The details surrounding the death of Finn on the show have not been revealed and remain a secret. While creators have confirmed that the character will indeed die — as opposed to leaving, or moving away — they have not given any hints as to what will cause his passing.
So, at this point, it is not known if they will use Monteith's real drug problem demise, or if they'll go on a totally different direction.
You can listen to Rivera's rendition of "If I Die Young" on the audio clip below.
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