Image Credit: Rebecca SanabriaFollowing his debut last night as Dalton Academy’s smooth, openly gay student Blaine, Deadline is reporting that Darren Criss is in talks to become a series regular, a promotion that Michael Ausiello predicts will likely begin at the start of Glee‘s third season. It’s like Ryan Murphy can read our minds! Criss was originally slated as a recurring character this season, with many speculating he’d be playing Kurt’s love interest — and judging by Kurt’s new locker decor, it looks like the crush seed has already been planted. His rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” backed by fellow Dalton Academy students, was a breath of fresh air (our recapper Tim Stack gave it an A+) and his role as Kurt’s mentor and ally is definitely a welcomed addition to the show’s dynamic. Plus, those Dalton boys were pretty fierce, which could mean more diverse competition for New Directions instead of solely the big, bad, Vocal Adrenaline machine.
So tell me, PopWatchers: Based on your response to last night’s episode, the climbing iTunes numbers, and the fact that I’ve just played “Teenage Dream” four times in a row, would hiring Criss full-time be a smart move for Glee?