Darren Criss

The battle to become "the new Rachel" began last night in Glee's season premiere, but even though Artie declared Blaine to be the winner of the "Call Me Maybe" showdown, that doesn't mean New Directions has locked in its star performer just yet.

"Blaine might want to be that, but Darren doesn't!" admits Darren Criss, adding that he's actually more excited to see transfer-student Blaine becoming one of the gang with his fellow classmates. "I am a huge Tina Cohen-Chang fan, so any time I get to spend with Jenna Ushkowitz is great. Blaine hasn't had a whole lot of interaction with Tina or Brittany, and very little with Artie. So yeah, to hang with all the kids he's a senior with now... I am really excited about that."

So if it's not Blaine taking on all the solos, who does Criss think should be the one to lead New Directions to more potential wins? "I would like to see Jenna or Kevin [McHale] become that because they're the original members from all the way back to the pilot."

Spoken like a true class act. Mr. Schue should be proud.

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