[patrons arguing]
The Dazzlings: [vocalizing]
Aria Blaze: [sighs] That was barely worth the effort, Adagio. I'm tired of fast food. I need a meal.
Adagio Dazzle: The energy in this world isn't the same as in Equestria. We can only gain so much power here.
Aria Blaze: Ugh! I wish we'd never been banished to this awful place!
Adagio Dazzle: [sarcastically] Really? I love it here!
Sonata Dusk: For realsies? Because I think this place is the worst.
Aria Blaze: I think you're the worst, Sonata.
Sonata Dusk: Oh, yeah? Well, I think you're
Adagio Dazzle: Ergh! I'll tell you one thing, being stuck here with you two isn't making this world any more [through clenched teeth] bearable.
[sonic rainboom]
Adagio Dazzle: [gasp] Did you feel that?! Do you know what that is?
Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze: I 'unno.
Adagio Dazzle: It's Equestrian magic!
Aria Blaze: But this world doesn't have Equestrian magic.
Adagio Dazzle: It does now. And we're going to use it to make everyone in this pathetic little world adore us!
[The Rainbooms]
We used to fight with each other
(Oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh)
That was before we discovered
(Oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh)
That when your friendship is real
(Oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh)
Yeah, you just say what ya feel
And the music, yeah, the music
Gets us to the top
As we learn how the rainbow...
Rainbow Rocks!
You can pick up the bass
[The Rainbooms]
(Oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh)
[Rainbow Dash]
And you can play the guitar
[The Rainbooms]
(Oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh)
[Pinkie Pie]
You can bang on the drums
[The Rainbooms]
(Oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, whoa-oh)
[Twilight Sparkle]
Or you can sing like a star
[The Rainbooms]
And the music, yeah, the music
Gets us to the top
As we learn how the rainbow...
Rainbow Rocks!
As we learn how the rainbow...
Rainbow Rocks!
[students chattering]
Sunset Shimmer: Want some help?
Apple Bloom: Uh, no thanks. We're good.
Sunset Shimmer: Oh. Okay.
Pinkie Pie: Sunset Shimmer! Over here!
[students whispering]
Sunset Shimmer: [sighs] I had no idea the whole school would be here.
Rarity: Quite the eye-catching advertisement, if I do say so myself.
Pinkie Pie: And it smells like cake!
Fluttershy: It does? [sniff, sniff]
Pinkie Pie: I used frosting instead of paste!
Applejack: Uh, Fluttershy, you've got a little somethin', uh...
Fluttershy: Did I get it?
Applejack: Heh, not exactly.
Principal Celestia: Good afternoon, students. I just wanted to tell you all how pleased I am that so many of you are going to participate in the first ever Canterlot High School Musical Showcase!
[students cheer]
Principal Celestia: This is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for all our after-school programs here at CHS. So keep working on those signs and posters. I think it's going to be one of the most exciting events we've had at CHS since the Fall Formal.
Sunset Shimmer: Ugh! I am never gonna live that down.
Fluttershy: You were pretty bad at the Fall Formal.
Sunset Shimmer: A demon. I turned into a raging she-demon.
Pinkie Pie: And tried to turn everyone here into teenage zombies for your own personal army!
Rarity: Oh, darling, you have us, and we've forgiven you for your past... ahem... booboos.
Applejack: To be honest, I'd say the whole experience brought everyone at Canterlot High closer than ever before!

{{#lst:Better Than Ever|song}}

Sunset Shimmer: [applauds]
Rarity: [laughs] I still can't believe that happens when we play! Ooh! I've got to look into some new accessories! Something that looks good in a longer ponytail. Ooh! Maybe some clip-on earrings for when I get those adorable pony ears.
Applejack: I just wonder why it happens. Princess Twilight took her crown back to Equestria. Shouldn't that mean she took all the magic back with her?
Rainbow Dash: Who cares why it happens? It makes my band totally awesome!
Rarity: Oh! Your band?
Rainbow Dash: Duh! It was my idea to start the Rainbooms so we could be in the showcase. Plus I'm the lead singer and guitarist.
[knock on door]
Flash Sentry: Uh, heard you outside. You guys are sounding really tight.
Rainbow Dash: Uh, we're getting there. Rarity's still coming in a little late on the second verse, and Applejack's bass solo could use a little work. They'll get it together in time for the showcase.
Flash Sentry: Uh, I don't suppose any of our friends from, uh... out of town might come? Uh, it being a special charity event and all.
Applejack: Sorry, Flash. I don't think Twilight's gonna be back at Canterlot High any time soon.
Flash Sentry: [laughs nervously] Oh, yeah. Okay. I just, you know, thought I'd ask. Uh, k-keep on rockin' it.
Rarity: Well. [giggles] Someone is quite the smitten kitten. [to Sunset Shimmer] Oh. Sorry. I always forget you and Flash used to be an item.
Sunset Shimmer: It's okay. Flash is a great guy and all, but I never really liked-him liked him. I was just using him to become more popular. Ugh! The old me really was just awful, wasn't she?
Applejack: Mmm... horrid.
Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy: Mm-hmm, uhhh, etc.
Pinkie Pie: Yep!
Applejack: But the important thing is that you've turned yourself around.
Sunset Shimmer: Thanks, Applejack, but I'm not sure everyone else at CHS feels the same way.
[P.A. system beeps]
Vice Principal Luna: Sunset Shimmer, please report to the main foyer.
Sunset Shimmer: Gotta run. I volunteered to show some new students around the school. Thought it'd be good for them to get to know the new me before they heard all the stuff about the old me.
Rainbow Dash: We've still got a few minutes before lunch starts. What do you say we do "Awesome As I Wanna Be"?
Fluttershy: Um, Rainbow Dash? I was wondering if we could maybe play the song I wrote?
Rainbow Dash: We'll get to it.
Fluttershy: Oh. Okay.
Rainbow Dash: [plays chord]
Sunset Shimmer: Hi. Are you the girls I'm supposed to show around?
Adagio Dazzle: We are.
Sunset Shimmer: Canterlot High is a great school. You're really gonna love it.
Adagio Dazzle: Oh, yes, we really sense there's something... magical about this place.
Sunset Shimmer: That's the science lab. Computer lab is in there. Oh! We're having a big musical showcase this weekend! The whole school is pretty much rallying around it.
Adagio Dazzle: [gasps] A musical showcase?
Sunset Shimmer: I'm sure since you're new, Principal Celestia would let you sign up if you're interested.
Aria Blaze: We have been known to sing from time to time.
Sonata Dusk: Hello? We sing, like, all the time! It's how we get people to do what we want.
Adagio Dazzle: [growls]
Sonata Dusk: Wha-What did I say?
Adagio Dazzle: What you meant to say was that being in a musical showcase sounds like a great way to meet other students.
Sonata Dusk: Ohhhh, yeah. Th-What she said I meant to say. That's what I meant. To say.
Aria Blaze: [scoffs] And what you would have said if you weren't the worst.
Sonata Dusk: You are!
Adagio Dazzle: You'll have to excuse them. They're idiots.
Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk: Hmph.
Sunset Shimmer: [nervous laugh] Those are pretty. Where did you—
Adagio Dazzle: [laughs] Sorry. These pendants mean an awful lot to us. We'd just hate for anything to happen to them.
[students chattering]
Applejack: So how was the tour?
Sunset Shimmer: I don't know. I mean, these girls, they were... There was something off about them.
Pinkie Pie: Like, off like this? Or off like this? Or... Oh, oh! Like—
Rainbow Dash: Maybe we should just let her tell us.
Sunset Shimmer: That's just it. I can't put my finger on it. They just acted sort of... strange around me. Maybe someone already talked to them. Told them about what I did. [sighs] So much for making a good first impression.
Fluttershy: Uh-huh. Oh, that's probably not it.
Adagio Dazzle: This is it, girls. The moment we've been waiting for.
Sonata Dusk: Lunch?!
Adagio Dazzle: [groan] The chance to get our true Equestrian magic back.
Sonata Dusk: Oh. Right.
Adagio Dazzle: Our voices are just strong enough to make them want something so badly, they'll fight to get it.
Aria Blaze: So we're just gonna do what we always do? Stir up some trouble and then feed off the negative energy? [sarcastically] Some plan, Adagio.
Adagio Dazzle: It won't be the same as the times before! There is Equestrian magic here. Their negative energy will give us the power we need to get this entire world to do our bidding.
Sonata Dusk: But we can get lunch after though, right? It's Taco Tuesday!
Adagio Dazzle: Just follow my lead.
Aria Blaze: Or my lead.
Adagio Dazzle: My lead!


[students arguing]
Pinkie Pie: Ohhhh. They're that kind of "off".
Sunset Shimmer: Those three are definitely in possession of some kind of dark magic. How else could you explain what happened back there?
Applejack: Don't worry, y'all. We'll let Principal Celestia know all about this and those girls will be kicked to the curb in no time. Last thing she needs is another CHS event almost ruined by some power-crazed lunatic. [to Sunset] Er, no offense.
Sunset Shimmer: [sighs] None taken.
Principal Celestia: Dark magic? I find that very hard to believe. Those girls came into my office earlier and were absolutely delightful.
Vice Principal Luna: Ugh! Perhaps Sunset Shimmer is just eager to make someone else out to be a bad element, so that her actions at the Fall Formal will become old news.
Sunset Shimmer: I can see why you might think that, but—
Rainbow Dash: That's not what's happening! We saw all of this go down in the cafeteria too!
Principal Celestia: Yes, but isn't your band supposed to be part of the Musical Showcase?
Rainbow Dash: Yes.
Vice Principal Luna: Perhaps you're all just worried that the Dazzlings will steal your spotlight.
Applejack: The "Dazzlings"?
Principal Celestia: It's the name of their musical group. That's why they came by my office earlier today – to sign up for the Showcase. Even sang a little song to Vice Principal Luna and I.
Applejack: They did?
Principal Celestia: Yes. And we think having a Battle of the Bands instead is a marvelous idea.
Fluttershy: I can't believe they got to Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna too.
Rainbow Dash: They've gotten to everybody.
Pinkie Pie: Not everybody!
Applejack: Pinkie Pie's right. We were there when the Dazzlings were singin' and we weren't affected. It was like we were protected somehow.
Rainbow Dash: So let's take them down! It's not like we haven't tangled with dark magic before and totally whooped its sorry butt! Uh, no offense.
Sunset Shimmer: [sighs] None taken. Again.
Fluttershy: But that was when Twilight was here. There may be some kind of magic inside us, but it only comes out when we play music. I sure don't know how to use it to... whoop anybody's butt.
Rarity: [sighs] If only we could get a message to Twilight. Maybe she could tell us how to break the spell the Dazzlings have cast on our friends.
Rainbow Dash: Well, that's not gonna happen. The portal's closed.
Rarity: [gasps] [gasps again]
Rainbow Dash: And I get the feeling they don't exactly have cell phones where she's from.
Sunset Shimmer: I may have an idea how we can get in touch with Princess Twilight!
Sunset Shimmer: When I was Princess Celestia's student back in Equestria, she gave me this. Even after I abandoned my studies, I held onto it. Deep down, I guess I knew I was making a big mistake, and I wanted to still have a way to reach out to her. Maybe it still works.
Rarity: That's a book, darling. What do you mean, "maybe still works"?
Sunset Shimmer: It used to be that if I wrote something here, it would appear in the pages of a book back in Princess Celestia's library. I get a message to her, then she can get a message to Princess Twilight.
Rainbow Dash: So what are you waiting for? Get to writing!
Sunset Shimmer: [sighs] Been a long time since I've written these words. "Dear Princess Celestia..."
Delivery Pony: Excuse me, Princess. Where do you want all these books from Princess Celestia?
Twilight Sparkle: The library. Third door on the left.
Delivery Pony: Even this one that's glowin' and vibratin'?
[pages flipping]
Fluttershy: What is it, Twilight?
Twilight Sparkle: It looks like a message to Princess Celestia from my friends at Canterlot High.
Rarity: How is that even possible?
Twilight Sparkle: I have no idea, but it... sounds like they need my help.
Twilight Sparkle: The way Sunset Shimmer described them, I think these new girls sound an awful lot like... the sirens.
Pinkie Pie: Not the sirens! [whispering loudly to Fluttershy] I don't actually know what that is!
Twilight Sparkle: The sirens were three beautiful but dangerous creatures who had the power to charm ponies with their music. But to maintain this power, they had to feed on the negativity and distrust of others. The more of this negative energy they consumed, the stronger their voices became, and the farther they could spread their dark magic.
Fluttershy: I don't think I like this story very much.
Twilight Sparkle: If the sirens had their way, they would have divided and conquered all of Equestria. But a certain Star Swirl the Bearded wasn't having it. Rumor has it he found a way to banish them to another world – one where he believed their magic power would be lost. That world must have been the one where my Canterlot High friends live.
Applejack: But Star Swirl must have sent them there ages ago. How come they're just surfacin' now?
Twilight Sparkle: I don't know. But if my hunch is right and it is the sirens who have come to Canterlot High, this spell they've cast is just the beginning. My friends need me. I have to get back to them.
Rainbow Dash: I hate to burst your bubble, Twilight, but the connection between their world and Equestria will still be totally cut off for a super long time.
Pinkie Pie: Okay, first of all, if there was bubble-blowing going on, why wasn't I told about it?! And secondly, if the connection is totally cut off, how was Sunset Shimmer able to get a message to Twilight?
Twilight Sparkle: [gasps] Pinkie, you're a genius!
Pinkie Pie: Yeah, I get that a lot. [to Rainbow Dash] Now about those bubbles...
[handiwork noises]
Twilight Sparkle: ...And the interval between the two points is defined as the square root of the sum of the squares of the separation between the points along three spatial dimensions.
Spike: Say what now?
Pinkie Pie: Duh! She's gonna take the magic in here and put it in there. That'll make the portal open up so that whenever she wants to, she can go from here to there. There to here. Here to there. Here there! Here there! Here—
Applejack: We get the idea!
Twilight Sparkle: Now to see if it actually works.
[magic noises]
Main cast: Ooooh...
[electricity crackling]
Main cast: Ahhhhh...
Applejack: Don't suppose we could join you this time around?
Twilight Sparkle: Better not. It could make things pretty confusing if Canterlot High all of a sudden had two of all of you.
Rest of main cast: [agreeing]
Spike: But I still get to go, right? There isn't another one of me at Canterlot High. And you never know if you might need your trusty assistant.
Twilight Sparkle: Mm-hmm.
Spike: Yes!
Twilight Sparkle: We won't be gone long.
Main cast: [talking at once]
Applejack: Y'all be safe now.
Rarity: And don't forget to dress well.
Pinkie Pie: [squee]
Twilight Sparkle: Ready, Spike?
Spike: [cracks knuckles] [blows] [squeaks claws] Ready!
Rainbow Dash: [sighs] I'm starting to think she's not coming.
Sunset Shimmer, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie: Twilight!
Twilight Sparkle: Oof. I'm back.
Rest of main cast: [greeting Twilight]
Twilight Sparkle: And I've got some bad news about those new girls.
Rest of main cast: [worried reaction]
Rarity: Oh, I do hate that you had to return at a time of crisis. There's so much catching up to do!
Applejack: For starters, a certain blue-haired guitar player was just askin' about you.
Twilight Sparkle: [excitedly] Flash Sentry was asking about me?! [clears throat] Isn't that nice? [sips milkshake]
Rarity: Perhaps you would give us just the slightest bit of gossip from your world?
Spike: She's got an official title now. [imitates fanfare] The Princess of Friendship!
Sunset Shimmer: Wow, that's really impressive. Guess you really were Princess Celestia's prized pupil.
Spike: She's even got her own castle!
Rarity: A castle?! You have your own castle?!? Eh... [clears throat] Ooh, uh, lovely.
Twilight Sparkle: What's new here? I mean, besides your school becoming the target of dangerous magical creatures from Equestria?
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, so, that isn't exactly the only strange thing that's happened since you left. Pretty sweet, huh? It happens to all of us when we play.
Twilight Sparkle: Hmm. My crown was returned to Equestria, but some of its magic must have remained here at Canterlot High. Now that we're all back together, we can use that magic on the sirens. Just like when we were able to use it on Sunset Shimmer when she turned into that horrifyingly awful winged monster! No offense.
Sunset Shimmer: [disgruntled] None taken. Heh. I'm used to it.
Rainbow Dash: They'll never even know what hit 'em! [karate yells]
Applejack: We've got nothin' to worry about now that Twilight's back.
Fluttershy: Oh, I'm pretty sure I could find something to worry about. But it won't be the sirens.
Twilight Sparkle: The sooner we do this, the better. Any idea where the Dazzlings might be?
Pinkie Pie: [sips milkshake] [sighs] There's a big party tonight for all the bands who signed up to be in the showcase! That would include the Dazzlings.
Twilight Sparkle: Looks like we've got a party to crash.
Pinkie Pie: [squee]
[students arguing]
Flash Sentry: [sighs] I'm gonna get more punch!
Flash Sentry: Twilight?
Twilight Sparkle: Eh, bumped, into, always, doing?
Flash Sentry: What are you doing here? You came back for the big competition, right?
Twilight Sparkle: Something like that.
Flash Sentry: Huh. Not that there's gonna be any real competition. No one here wants this as bad as my band does!
Twilight Sparkle: Could you excuse me for just a minute?
[students' arguing becomes louder]
Adagio Dazzle: [mock surprise] Oh, no! No one's mingling! It's like there's some kind of underlying tension that could bubble to the surface at any minute!
Sonata Dusk: It's the fruit punch, isn't it? I knew I used too much grape juice!
Adagio Dazzle: It's not the fruit punch! It's us!
Aria Blaze: But the punch is awful, too.
Sonata Dusk: What do you know about good fruit punch?
Aria Blaze: More than you!
Sonata Dusk: Do not!
Aria Blaze: Do too!
Adagio Dazzle: This is just the kickoff party, girls. Imagine what a tizzy they'll be in by the time the Battle of the Bands starts.
Twilight Sparkle: There isn't going to be a Battle of the Bands! We're gonna make sure of that! Alright, girls, let's do this! Friendship is magic!
[awkward silence]
Rainbow Dash: Uh, weren't there rainbows and lasers and stuff last time?
Twilight Sparkle: I don't understand. We're all together again. Why isn't this working?
Spike: You, uh... really need to go ahead and do that whole "magic of friendship" thing now.
Twilight Sparkle: I'm trying, Spike. I thought the six of us standing together against the sirens would bring out the magic we needed to defeat them. That's what happened before.
Adagio Dazzle: Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! This group is obviously serious about winning! A little cocky though, aren't they? Claiming there won't really be a battle. Seems they think they already got this thing all locked up.
Trixie: Not if the Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie has anything to do with it!
Flash Sentry: Whatever, Trixie! We're the best band at CHS!
Apple Bloom: No! The Crusaders are gonna win!
[students arguing even louder]
Adagio Dazzle: I think we may have found what we're looking for. Or rather, it found us.
Aria Blaze: [slaps herself]
Adagio Dazzle: Magic!! Don't you see?! Everyone else has fallen under our spell. But not these girls. These girls are special.
Twilight Sparkle: It doesn't make any sense. I should have been able to create the spark that would help us break their spell. That's how it worked before.
Sunset Shimmer: But to defeat me, you drew magic from the crown I was wearing. The sirens' magic comes from their music. So maybe you have to use the same kind of magic to defeat them. Or... maybe not.
Twilight Sparkle: No. I think you're onto something.
Sunset Shimmer: Really?
Twilight Sparkle: It's when you play music that you transform now, right?
Applejack: Yup. Ears, tails, the whole shebang.
Twilight Sparkle: So maybe the way to use that magic to defeat the sirens is by playing a musical counter-spell!
Fluttershy: You mean like a song?
Twilight Sparkle: Uh-huh. And in order to free everyone who's been exposed to the sirens' spell, we'll need them all to hear it.
Rest of main cast: Hmmm...
Rarity: [gasps] The band competition! That's the next time we can be certain everyone will be in the same place at the same time.
Applejack: Guess the Rainbooms are the band to beat.
Rarity: And I believe you, Twilight, just became the Rainbooms' newest member.
Rest of main cast: [laughing and cheering]
Pinkie Pie: So what do you wanna play? Triangle? [ding] Sousaphone? [fwomp!] Theremin? [plays theremin] Soooo magical.
Twilight Sparkle: I might take a little too long to learn how to play something with these. I'll just sing.
Rainbow Dash: Like, as in, lead singer? Cuz that's usually my gig. This being my band and all.
Applejack: It's our band! And, of course, as lead singer. She's the one with the magical know-how to help us pull this thing off.
Rainbow Dash: Okay, yeah, that's cool. I'll just use this as a chance to hone my already insanely good lead guitar skills.
Twilight Sparkle: It's only temporary. And we don't have to win the Battle of the Bands. We just have to perform during the first round of the competition.
Rainbow Dash: Let's get to learning that musical counter-spell!
Twilight Sparkle: Well, that's just it. I don't know any.
Rest of main cast: Awww...
Twilight Sparkle: But I'm sure I could figure out how to write one.
Spike: Totally! Twilight can write a spell like it's nobody's business. That's pretty much how she got to become a princess in Equestria.
Twilight Sparkle: Technically, I helped finish a spell. And there was a little more to it than that, Spike.
Spike: Yeah, whatever.
Twilight Sparkle: I've got this. [to Spike] C'mon!
Applejack: Where're you goin'?
Twilight Sparkle: Well, last time we were here, Spike and I spent the night in the library.
Pinkie Pie: Are you crazy?! We're besties now! Slumber party at my house!
[video game noises]
Pinkie Pie: Status update: "Okie-dokie-lokie."
[smartphone camera snaps]
[Video game noises continue. Cut to Applejack and Rainbow Dash playing the game where Rainbow Dash is losing. Rainbow Dash finally slams the console in frustration.]
Applejack: Hey! I was about to beat you!
Rainbow Dash: [Twirls her controller around.] I doubt it. So, Twilight, how is that counter-spell comin'?
Twilight Sparkle: Huh? Oh, uh, good. Great. Thanks for letting me use your notebook, Fluttershy. I really like the song you wrote for the Rainbooms.
Fluttershy: Thanks. [sighs] Hopefully one day, we'll get a chance to play it.
Rainbow Dash: [laughing]
Rarity: Twilight, I think I speak for all of us when I say I don't know what we would have done if you hadn't come back to help us.
Rest of main cast: Uh-huh.
[doorbell rings]
Pinkie Pie: Pizza's here!
Twilight Sparkle: [sighs]
Pinkie Pie: Don't you want any pizza?
[drawer opens]
[drawer closes]
Rest of main cast: [snoring]
[drawer opens]
Twilight Sparkle: [spits] No. That's not gonna work.
Sunset Shimmer: Hey, Twilight. You're up late.
Twilight Sparkle: Just looking over the counter-spell. We only get one shot at this. It has to be perfect.
Sunset Shimmer: We really are lucky you're here.
Twilight Sparkle: That's what everyone keeps telling me.
Sunset Shimmer: Who could possibly need this much whipped cream? Must be nice to have everyone always looking to you for answers to their problems... instead of waiting for you to cause a problem.
Twilight Sparkle: Just because everyone expects something from you doesn't mean it's guaranteed to happen.
Sunset Shimmer: Well, that doesn't stop them from expecting it.
Twilight Sparkle: Which only makes things harder because the last thing you want to do is...
Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer: ...let everybody down.
Sunset Shimmer: Waaah!
Maud: Boulder was hungry.
Sunset Shimmer: I still can't get over the fact that she's related to Pinkie Pie.
Twilight Sparkle: You and me both!
Sunset Shimmer: [yawns] I better get some sleep. Good luck with the counter-spell. Not that you'll need it. This must be nothing compared with the stuff you're expected to deal with as a princess in Equestria.
Twilight Sparkle: Sunset Shimmer? ...Never mind. It's not important. No, I have to be able to do this. I have to.

{{#lst:Bad Counter Spell|song}}

Spike: Eh, that sounded... way better than the last... five times you've played it. Heh heh.
Big McIntosh: Nnope.
Spike: [whimpers]
Rainbow Dash: I think it's pretty obvious what's going wrong with this counter-spell.
Applejack: You're turnin' what should be the chorus into a five-minute guitar solo?
Rainbow Dash: I have to pick up the slack somehow! Are you girls even trying?!
Fluttershy: I'm trying.
Twilight Sparkle: It's fine. [nervous laugh] It'll be fine. One more time from the top!
Rarity: Or, perhaps we could take a short break, try on some of the wardrobe choices I've put together? I'm particularly fond of this one. Eh, of course we could always go with something a bit more modern.
Applejack: We're tryin' to save our school here. Enough with the costumes!
Rarity: [robotic voice] Oh, you could never have enough costumes!
Pinkie Pie: She just wants to make things fun! Isn't that what being in a band supposed to be? [plays rimshot angrily]
Sunset Shimmer: You don't have time for any of this! You're supposed to check in at the Battle of the Bands in fifteen minutes!
Main cast: [gasps] Oh, no!
Twilight Sparkle: What? But it's not ready! If we play our counter-spell in the first round and it doesn't work, the sirens will know what we're up to and make sure we don't get a chance to play it again!
Applejack: Then we'll have to buy ourselves some time so you can keep workin' on it!
Rarity: But how do you propose we do that?
Rainbow Dash: We compete in the Battle of the Bands for real! I take over lead vocals again and we stay alive until the finals! We unleash the counter-spell then! [to Twilight] You'll have figured it out by finals, right?
Spike: Of course she will. Twilight Sparkle's never met a problem she couldn't solve. Right, Twilight?
Twilight Sparkle: [not so confidently] Right.
Rainbow Dash: Then let's go win us a Battle of the Bands!
Principal Celestia: Welcome to the first ever Canterlot High School Battle of the Bands. I believe I speak for everyone when I say it is by far the greatest thing we have ever done here at this school!
[students cheering]
Principal Celestia: We are so glad our three newest students encouraged us to turn this event into something exciting!
Vice Principal Luna: But, as this is now a competition, we can only choose one winner. Who is it going to be?
[students arguing]
Male Student: You're the worst thing to happen!
Adagio Dazzle: You feel that, girls? Our true power is being restored.
Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk: [giggling]
Adagio Dazzle: And that's before we've tapped into the strongest magic here.
Aria Blaze: But the Rainblossoms, or whatever they're called, aren't under our spell. How exactly are we supposed to get to their magic?
Adagio Dazzle: The Rainbooms are just as capable of falling apart as anyone else. They just need a little... push in the wrong direction. I have a feeling everyone here is going to be lining up to give them a shove.
[beatboxing poorly]
Aw, yeah! Snips and Snails indahouse, yo!
They call me MC Snips and that ain't no lie
My favorite food is like pumpkin pie
I'm DJ Snazzy Snails, I like whales
When I go to the beach, I always bring my pails
[beatboxing poorly]
Everybody knows my favorite color is orange
My rhymes are so fly, you better... uh... um...
Orange, yo!
[Snips and Snails]
[beatboxing and freestyling poorly]
Bam! That just happened!
Aw, yeah! We out!
Snips and Snails outta here!
[microphone feedback]
Principal Celestia: Please do not drop the microphones.
Snips: Yeah! Bam!
Snails: [laughing]
Snips: In your face, Rainbooms!
Applejack: Least we know one group who won't stand in the way of us gettin' to the finals.
Rainbow Dash: Let's get ready to rock!
Pinkie Pie: Wait! Where's Rarity?
Rarity: Here! I'm here! [panting]
[metal fringes jangling]
Rarity: We will be performing in front of an audience. I'm not going to wear something fabulous? Hmph.
Applejack: Guh...
[students chattering]
Twilight Sparkle: Remember, we have to be good enough to make it through but not so good we let the sirens see the magic within us. They could realize we plan to use it against them.
Rainbow Dash: Got it! Be cool enough to win, but not so cool that we end up showing off the whole ears and tails and rainbows thing. Sooo... about twenty percent less cool.
Pinkie Pie: One! Two!
[The Rainbooms]
We've just got the day to get ready
And there's only so much time to lose
Because tonight, yeah, we're here to party
So let's think of something fun to do
We don't know (we don't know) what's gonna happen
We just know (we just know) it's gonna feel right
All our friends are here
And it's time to ignite the lights!
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight
Shake your tail, shake your tail
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight
Shake your tail, shake your tail
[Twilight Sparkle]
So what you didn't get it right the first time
Apple Bloom: Boring!
[Pinkie Pie]
Laugh it off, no one said it is a crime
Do your thing, you know you're an original
Your ideas are so funny that they're criminal
[The Rainbooms]
Twilight Sparkle: [coughing]
[The Rainbooms]
We've just got the day to get ready
And there's only so much time to lose
Because tonight, yeah, we're here to party
So let's think of something fun to do
Snips and Snails: [laughing]
Snips: Awesome.
[The Rainbooms]
We don't know (we don't know) what's gonna happen
We just know (we just know) it's gonna feel right
All our friends are here
And it's time to ignite the lights!
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight
Shake your tail, shake your tail
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight
Shake your tail, shake your tail
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight
Shake your tail, shake your tail
Rarity: [gasps] [crying]
[The Rainbooms]
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight
Shake your tail, shake your tail
Shake your tail 'cause we're here to have a party tonight!
Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna: [applauding]
Rarity: Ruined! Absolutely ruined!
Applejack: Rarity, were you tryin' to make us lose out there?!
Rarity: Wh- Oh! This was not my fault! This was an act of sabotage!
Applejack: Yeah, well, whoever did this couldn't have done this if you didn't insist on dressin' like... like... this! We need to sound good! Is there some reason that concept seems to escape you?
Rainbow Dash: And what was with the confetti, Pinkie Pie? How am I supposed to shred if there's paper stuck in my frets?!
Fluttershy: It was pretty distracting...
Pinkie Pie: Ugh! Says the girl who was running from a light the whole time! A light!
Sunset Shimmer: You still sounded much better than most of the other bands. I'm sure you'll make it to the next round. But it won't matter if you don't have that counter-spell ready. You all find a place to practice where the sirens can't hear you. I'll keep an eye on things around here.
Derpy: [playing musical saw]
Twilight Sparkle: I don't think we should use a classroom. [nervous chuckle] We really need to stop bumping into each other like this.
Flash Sentry: [to bandmates] Uh, you guys hear something?
Bandmates: ["Nope", etc.]
Twilight Sparkle: I said, we have to stop—
Flash Sentry: There it is again. So annoying.
Twilight Sparkle: Why are you acting like this? I thought we were friends.
Flash Sentry: Yeah, and then you decide to come back here just so you can beat me in the Battle of the Bands. I want this, Twilight, and you're trying to take it from me! Some friend.
Twilight Sparkle: That's not why—
Applejack: Come on, Twilight. We've got things to do.
Flash Sentry: You really think you're gonna help them?! Ha! I bet you have no idea what you're even doing!
Adagio Dazzle: [chuckling] Tears already? This is only the first round.
Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk: [laughing]
Principal Celestia: The next band to take the stage will be Trixie and the Illusions.
Adagio Dazzle: Better head back. We're supposed to go on after Trixie.
Sunset Shimmer: You're never gonna get away with this.
Adagio Dazzle: Why? Because you didn't? Oh, we know all about you, Sunset Shimmer. You've got quite the reputation at Canterlot High.
Sunset Shimmer: I've changed! I'm in a much better place now!
Aria Blaze: Waiting in the wings while your friends have all the fun?
Adagio Dazzle: Oh, yes, you girls are so tight. And yet... they didn't ask you to be in the band.
Aria Blaze: Probably afraid no one will want to see them play if she was in the group.
Sonata Dusk: Too bad! So sad!
Adagio Dazzle: If it's any consolation, no one is going to remember you at all by the time we're done.
Adagio Dazzle: Remember, girls. We want to save the good stuff for when our full power has been restored.

{{#lst:Under Our Spell|song}}

Sunset Shimmer: This is it! Last round and you're in the finals! Unless you think the counter-spell is ready to be played now.
Applejack: Don't worry, Twilight. Finals aren't until tonight. We'll get in a little more practice before we're supposed to hit the stage. We won't let you down!
Rest of main cast: ["Mm-hmm!", "Yeah!", etc.]
Twilight Sparkle: You won't let me down...
Fluttershy: Um, I was just wondering. We haven't played any of my songs yet, and...
Rainbow Dash: It's the semifinals. We gotta do "Awesome As I Wanna Be".
Fluttershy: Don't know why I even asked...
...I got tricks up my sleeve
See me dominate
'Cause I'm powerful and grea-ea-eat!
Crowd: [cheering]
Principal Celestia: [laughing] Fantastic!
Trixie: Hmph. You're never gonna top that performance, "Rain-goons". You shouldn't be allowed to when you have such a big advantage over the rest of us.
Rainbow Dash: My superior guitar playing and off-the-charts awesome singing voice?
Trixie: Oh, don't be ridiculous. I mean her! If you were really all that, Rainbow Dash, you wouldn't have needed to bring in some magical ringer to have half a chance. Everyone's talking about it.
Rainbow Dash: Ha! Puh-leeze! I could win this thing as a solo act and everybody knows it!
Trixie: Sure you could.
Main cast: [coughing]
Pinkie Pie: She's gone! [pause] Oh, wait. There she is.
Principal Celestia: Next up, the Rainbooms.
Spike: Knock 'em dead, Rainbooms!
Sunset Shimmer: I'll be here... just... watching.

{{#lst:Awesome As I Wanna Be|song}}

[instruments clattering]
[music stops]
Fluttershy: [squeals]
Flash Sentry: Now that's the bad girl we love to hate!
Crowd: [jeering]
Octavia Melody: I knew she was still trouble!
Male student: The real Sunset Shimmer is back!
Sunset Shimmer: No. It isn't like that.
Rainbow Dash: What was that?!
Sunset Shimmer: You were showing them your magic. I-I didn't know what else to do.
Rarity: Ugh. Close the curtains? Unplug her amp? Give us a chance to deal with the situation?
Sunset Shimmer: I'm sorry, I just wanted to help.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, well, you didn't.
Applejack: None of this would've happened if you weren't trying to show off – as usual.
Trixie: Good show, "Rain-brooms". I especially liked the part where Sunset Shimmer, in a fit of jealous rage, knocked out Rainbow Dash mid-guitar solo!
Sunset Shimmer: It wasn't a fit of jealous rage!
Trixie: If you say so. Ooh! Looks like they've already decided who'll be moving on to the finals! I'm guessing it wasn't too difficult a decision.
The Dazzlings: [vocalizing]
Sunset Shimmer: Huh?
Rarity: What can we do? There isn't gonna be another opportunity for us to play. And I had the most gorgeous outfit for the finals!
Applejack: Yup, 'cause that's the real tragedy here, Rarity – that you won't get to play dress-up!
Rarity: You know perfectly well that is not what I meant!
Rainbow Dash: You guys wanna keep it down? They're about to announce who's moving on.
Fluttershy: Who are you kidding? You know it isn't gonna be us.
Principal Celestia: The band that will be joining the Dazzlings in tonight's finals... The Rainbooms!
Trixie: What?!
Main cast: Huh?
Pinkie Pie: Did they just say, "the Rainbooms"?!
Trixie: This isn't over!
Principal Celestia: Congratulations, girls. You deserve it.
Pinkie Pie: Seriously?! We didn't even finish our—!
Adagio Dazzle: See you at tonight's big show, Rainbooms. We are really looking forward to it.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, well... not as much as we are!
Crowd: [jeering]
Photo Finish: Zis never should haf been you, Rainbooms!
Crowd: [jeering]
Trixie: This is a travesty! A travesty!
Adagio Dazzle: It really is! The Rainbooms don't deserve to be in the finals. Not when your band was so much better in the semis.
Aria Blaze: And wanted it so much more.
Adagio Dazzle: Alas, this is the way it's going to be. Dazzlings vs. Rainbooms.
Sonata Dusk: Unless, of course, the Rainbooms don't manage to make it to their set or held up for some reason.
Trixie: Hmm... [sinister chuckling]
Rainbow Dash: Check, one, two. Testing, testing... [taps microphone] Testing...!
[voice echoes]
[microphone feedback]
Fluttershy: This doesn't make any sense. We were awful. Doesn't anybody else think it's strange that we're the ones that made it to the finals?
Trixie: Very strange.
Rainbow Dash: What are you doing here, Trixie? Pretty sure the losers are supposed to be up there in the cheap seats.
Trixie: The Great and Powerful Trixie is the most talented girl at Canterlot High. It is I who deserves to be in the finals. And I will not... [snaps fingers] denied!
[trap door clanks open]
Rainbooms and Sunset Shimmer: [screams] [grunts]
Trixie: [evil laughter] See you never!
[trap door slams shut]
Adagio Dazzle: [chuckle] Told you someone would give them a shove.
Sonata Dusk: She didn't shove them. She pulled a lever.
Aria Blaze: [groans] Go back to sleep, Sonata.
Ya better believe
I got tricks up my sleeve
And I captivate
'Cause I'm powerful and grea-ea-eat
[The Illusions]
Oh, whoa, oh-oh-oh-oh
Ya better believe
I got tricks up my sleeve
See me dominate
'Cause I'm powerful and grea-ea-eat
[The Illusions]
Oh, whoa, oh oh oh oh
["Tricks Up My Sleeve" continues muffled]
Rainbow Dash: [grunts]
Applejack: Give it up, Rainbow Dash. You've been tryin' at this for hours. It's not gonna open.
Twilight Sparkle: Maybe it doesn't even matter that we're trapped down here. I don't think the counter-spell would have worked anyway.
Applejack: Of course it would have worked, Twilight. Assumin' a certain band member didn't try to hog the spotlight the whole time we were tryin' to play it!
Rainbow Dash: Hey! If you wanna tell Twilight she's getting a little too caught up trying to be the new leader of this band, you don't have to be all cryptic about it.
Rarity: She was talking about you, Rainbow Dash!
Rainbow Dash: Me?! I'm just trying to make sure my band rocks as hard as it needs to!
Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie: OUR BAND!!
Twilight Sparkle: But why wasn't it working? I should know what to do. How could I not know what to do? How could I have failed like this?
Applejack: It might've been your idea to start a band, but it's not just your band, Rainbow Dash!
Rainbow Dash: I'm the one who writes all the songs!
Fluttershy: I write songs! You just never let us play any of them!
Rarity: I had the most perfect outfits for us to wear!
Applejack: Again with the costumes! No one cares what we're wearin'!
Rarity: I care, Applejack! So sorry if I enjoy trying to make a creative contribution to the band!
Pinkie Pie: Hey! Anybody here remember fun?! I'll give you a hint: It's the exact opposite of being in the Rainbooms!
Rainbow Dash: I wish I never asked any of you to be in my band!
Rarity: I wish I'd never agreed to be in it!!!!
Fluttershy and Applejack: Me neither!
Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie: [arguing]
Ya better believe
I got tricks up my sleeve
See me dominate
'Cause I'm powerful and grea-ea-eat!
[crowd cheering]
Trixie: Try to top that!
Adagio Dazzle: [sarcastically] Oh, gosh! I don't know if we can!
The Dazzlings: [laughing]
[The Dazzlings]
Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie: [arguing]
Sunset Shimmer: Stop! You have to stop! This is what they've been after all along! They're feeding off of the magic inside you!
Applejack: How can they be using our magic? It's the magic of friendship.
Sunset Shimmer: Ever since you started this band, you've been letting little things get to you. I never said anything 'cause I didn't feel like it was my place. Not when I'm so new to this whole "friendship" thing. I still have a lot to learn. But I do know that if you don't work out even the smallest problems right at the start, the magic of friendship can be turned into something else.
Twilight Sparkle: I can't believe all this tension was happening right under my nose and I didn't realize it. I'm supposed to be the one with all the answers. And all I've done since I got here is let you down.
Sunset Shimmer: I don't think anyone is supposed to have all the answers. But you can count on your friends to help you find them.
Twilight Sparkle: I think you already have. C'mon! We need to get out of here!
[slamming on door]
[knocking on door]
Twilight Sparkle: Spike!
Spike: Sorry I took so long. I had to find somebody who wasn't under the sirens' spell to help me get you out.
Twilight Sparkle: Why isn't she under their spell?
Spike: Never takes off her headphones.
Applejack: Come on, y'all! Time to prove we've still got the magic of friendship inside us!
Twilight Sparkle: And there's only one way to do it!
Pinkie Pie: We're getting the band back together?
Rainbow Dash: We're getting our band back together!
Pinkie Pie: Whee!
Rarity: Ooh, which version of the counter-spell are we going to play?
Twilight Sparkle: I don't think it matters what song we play, as long as we play it together as friends.
Rainbow Dash: I know just the song. Fluttershy's written a really great one.
Fluttershy: [squee]
Applejack: We're about to save the world here. Personally, I think we should do it in style. Rarity?
Rarity: I thought you'd never ask!

{{#lst:Welcome to the Show|dazzlingsong1}}

[The Dazzlings]
Your time is running out
Rainbow Dash: How are we supposed to play over them from up here?
[car horn honks]
The Rainbooms: [cheer]
Rainbow Dash: Sweet!

{{#lst:Welcome to the Show|dazzlingsong2}} {{#lst:Welcome to the Show|rainboomsong1}}

Adagio Dazzle: So the Rainbooms want to turn this into a real Battle of the Bands? Then let's battle!

{{#lst:Welcome to the Show|dazzlingsong3}}

Twilight Sparkle: [vocalizing]
Sirens: [vocalizing]
Twilight Sparkle: Sunset Shimmer, we need you!

{{#lst:Welcome to the Show|rainboomsong2}}

[The Dazzlings]
[singing off-key]
We will be adored
Tell us that you want us
We won't be ignored
It's time for our reward...
Crowd: [booing]
Sunset Shimmer: Guess that explains why these were so special to them.
Twilight Sparkle: Without those pendants and the magic you brought here from Equestria, they're just three harmless teenage girls.
Flash Sentry: Rainbooms rule! That was amazing!
Sunset Shimmer and Main cast sans Twilight: [giggling]
Trixie: You may have vanquished the Dazzlings, but you will never have the amazing, show-stopping ability of the Great and Powerful Trixie!
Main cast, Sunset Shimmer, and Flash Sentry: [coughing]
Pinkie Pie: She's gone! [pause] Oh, wait. There she is.
Trixie: Trixie is okay!
Rainbow Dash: You know, Twilight is going back to Equestria soon. The Rainbooms could really use someone to help Fluttershy on backup vocals.
Sunset Shimmer: [plays guitar riff] I also play guitar.
Rainbow Dash: We'll see.
Applejack: Sure wish you could stay longer.
Twilight Sparkle: Me too. But I have responsibilities in Equestria that I have to get back to. Its citizens need me. But now I can go through the portal whenever I need to. This isn't goodbye. It's just goodbye 'til next time. Ready?
Spike: Ready!
Sunset Shimmer: [voiceover] Dear Princess Twilight,
Missing you already, and I hope you'll be back soon. Things are definitely looking up for me here at Canterlot High. But I know I still have a lot to learn about friendship. Hope you don't mind if I write to you for advice when I need it.
Your friend, Sunset Shimmer.
Rainbow Dash: You ready or what?
Sunset Shimmer: Ready!
Pinkie Pie: One! Two! Three! Four!

{{#lst:Shine Like Rainbows|song1}} {{#lst:Shine Like Rainbows|song2}} {{#lst:Shine Like Rainbows|song3}}

Human Twilight Sparkle: No doubt about it, Spike. There's definitely something strange going on at that school...
Puppy Spike: [barks]

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