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Whitney Houston tribute on Tuesday night's 'Glee'

February 13, 2012 |  2:37 pm
Amber Riley of "Glee"

In a bit of amazingly coincidental timing, Tuesday night's Valentine's Day "Glee" episode "Heart" will become an impromptu tribute to Whitney Houston.

Love songs will be featured throughout the episode, including "I Will Always Love You," the Dolly Parton song that Whitney Houston covered to multiplatinum success in 1992. Actress Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, will perform the song.

While the song's inclusion in the episode was decided long before Houston's untimely death on Saturday, the producers aren't letting the episode pass by without finding some way to honor the singing legend. A card will be added to the end of the episode memorializing Houston.

The singer was found in her Beverly Hilton hotel room on Saturday, submerged in her bathtub, police reported on Monday. Though she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials say an exact cause of death won't be determined for a few weeks.

The singer's death cast a pall over the 54th Grammy Awards on Sunday, which featured the last-minute addition of Jennifer Hudson singing "I Will Always Love You" to remember the singer.

"Glee" just aired another tribute episode to a singer who died before his time. "Michael," which aired on Jan. 31, paid tribute to Michael Jackson and used nine of his songs during the episode. The episode saw a 20 percent bump in viewers over the previous week.

With the intense interest in everything related to Houston this week, it's expected that "Glee" will see another ratings bump with Tuesday's episode.


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Photo: Amber Riley in the "Glee" episode "Heart." Adam Rose / Fox