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The Troubletones is a glee club based at William McKinley High School. The club was started when Al Motta privately donated enough money to Principal Figgins to allow for the continuation of an additional show choir which heavily featured his daughter, Sugar. In Al Motta's request, Principal Figgins summoned Shelby Corcoran, all the way from New York, to direct the group. It is currently active in WMHS, along with 3 other glee clubs, including New Directions.


Sugar Motta has her father summon Shelby Corcoran to McKinley High to form a new glee club for her after getting rejected by the New Directions. (I Am Unicorn)

The Troubletones performing Candyman.

Mercedes Jones agrees to join Sugar's new glee club after becoming tired of Will's blatant favoritism of Rachel Berry. (Asian F)

Mercedes persuades Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez to defect from New Directions. They sing Candyman in the auditorium. (Pot o' Gold)

Will and Shelby have the New Directions and The Troubletones compete in a "Mash Off" to make peace between the teams. However, Santana wages war against the New Directions. The Troubletones sing Rumour Has It/Someone Like You, which ends in Santana slapping Finn Hudson for outing her. (Mash Off)

Finn invites The Troubletones to participate in the New Directions' assignment for the week, in hopes to get Santana comfortable with coming out. (I Kissed a Girl)

The Troubletones compete against New Directions and The Unitards at Sectionals by performing Survivor/I Will Survive. They place second behind New Directions. (Hold on to Sixteen) Will follows through with his promise of letting The Troubletones perform a number at Regionals. (On My Way)

The four major Troubletones and Tina are ordered by Sue and Roz to sing a song about female empowerment to Coach Beiste after they make a joke about her black eye. The five girls sing Cell Block Tango to Beiste and an appalled Sue and Roz. They later learn Cooter hit her and sing Shake It Out to let her know they're sorry. (Choke)

The Troubletones performing Edge of Glory.

Will has Quinn and Tina perform with The Troubletones at Nationals after Mercedes falls ill. Mercedes manages to get better in time for their performance of Edge of Glory. (Nationals)

They were reunited at Brittana wedding, and they sang with the moms I'm So Excited. (A Wedding)

It is revealed that the Troubletones are being revived by Will as a fellow Glee Club at the new William McKinley High School for the Performing Arts, alongside New Directions and a male-only mirror of the Troubletones known as The Duly Noted. (Dreams Come True)

Known members


Former members

Temporary members

Member List


Current members

(Arranged in the chronological order of joining)

No. Name Status Solos Position
1 Sugar Motta Quit 2 Creator, Member, Back-up Singer
2 Mercedes Jones 5 President, Lead Singer, Costume Designer
3 Santana Lopez 7 Member, Lead Singer, Choreographer
4 Brittany Pierce 4 Member, Lead Singer, Choreographer
13 Quinn Fabray Temporary 1 Temporary lead singer, dancer
14 Tina Cohen-Chang 1 Temporary lead singer, dancer


Complete Table

Note: Only known members are listed.
Season 3
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Sugar Motta Joined Active Quit Regionals Nationals
Mercedes Jones Joined Active Quit Regionals Nationals Graduated
Santana Lopez Joined Active Quit Regionals Nationals Graduated
Brittany Pierce Joined Active Quit Regionals Nationals
Quinn Fabray Rejected Nationals Graduated
Tina Cohen-Chang Nationals


Season Three
Song Episode Solos
Candyman Pot o' Gold Brittany, Mercedes, Santana, and Sugar
Hit Me with Your Best Shot/One Way or Another Mash Off Santana
Rumour Has It/Someone Like You Brittany, Mercedes, and Santana
I Kissed a Girl I Kissed a Girl Santana
Survivor/I Will Survive Hold on to Sixteen Brittany, Mercedes, Santana, and Sugar
What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) On My Way Brittany, Mercedes, and Santana
Edge of Glory Nationals Mercedes, Quinn, Santana, and Tina

Season Six
Song Episode Solos
I'm So Excited A Wedding Brittany, Mercedes and Santana

Competition Setlists

Sectionals, 2011
Regionals, 2012
Nationals, 2012

Competition Costumes


Credited Troubletones

Uncredited Troubletones

  • Comfort Fedoke
  • Jaimie Goodwin
  • Athena Perample
  • Courtney Galiano
  • Brittany Parks
  • Hannah Douglass
  • Glenda Morales
  • Janelle Ginestra


  • Originally believed to be called "Pot of Sugar," although Pot o' Gold confirmed the club's actual name as being "The Troubletones."
  • Rachel is the only girl from New Directions, prior to Season Four, who hasn't been part of The Troubletones at one point in the series.