'Jane The Virgin's Take On "Beauty School Dropout" From 'Grease' Was Almost Better Than The Real Thing
Xo's search for her new career on Jane the Virgin has come to an end — all thanks to Rogelio channeling the Teen Angel from Grease. During "Chapter 49," Jane the Virgin took on the Grease song "Beauty School Dropout" and it not only gave Xo inspiration for her new job venture, but it also made any fans of Jane the Virgin and Grease squeal with delight. With Rogelio as the Teen Angel, Xo as Frenchy, and backup provided by Jane and Alba, was there anything not to love in this charming moment?!
Rogelio actor Jaime Camil got to show off his musical theater chops (he was on Broadway in Chicago after all) as he serenaded Xo in a dream sequence after her final dance recital as a teacher. He started off strong since Rogelio's attitude translates well with the deprecating humor of Grease's Teen Angel, singing, "Your story's sad to tell / Middle-aged not doing so well / Most mixed-up young grandmother on the block." And Xo took it all in stride since she had wished earlier in the episode for an angel to come down and give her direction. (That's what happens when Grease is on TV.) And direction he did give since Rogelio told her to "Open a Dance School " — to the tune of "Beauty School Dropout," of course.
While the narrator spared viewers from watching the recital (it was cute — if your kid was in it), Xo's students still got to show off their moves by dancing in the background of "Open a Dance School." And Jane and Alba pitched in for Xo's dream sequence too, with Jane telling Xo how proud dancing superstar couple Jenna Dewan Tatum and Channing Tatum would be of her. (Can they please be the next guest stars on Jane the Virgin ?) Alba even sang in English — like with Season 2's "Go Have Sex, Jane" — to help give her daughter some career advice.
Of course, Xo's revelation to open up a dance school was all on her own, but seeing this family unit inspire Xo through song was just one of those perfect Jane the Virgin scenes where the series mixes lighthearted fun, pop culture references, singing and dancing, and genuinely sweet family bonding all in one. This musical moment wasn't the first for Jane the Virgin — and it certainly won't be the last since I think I speak for all Jane the Virgin fans when I say we'll take a joyful parody in song to break up all the telenovela drama whenever the series wants to provide us with one.
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