Wanting to eliminate competition, Sharpay investigates the new girl and has the scholastic decathlon captain and Chem Club president, Taylor Mc Kessie (Monique Coleman), find out about Gabriella's past academic achievements, which results in her and Gabriella becoming great friends.
During basketball practice, Troy has trouble focusing because his thoughts are on Gabriella and the idea that he might enjoy singing more than basketball ("Get'cha Head in the Game").
Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and this causes division among all the school's students.
Since Gabriella has agreed to join the scholastic decathlon team, both Taylor and Chad want their teammates to focus on their upcoming competitions rather than the musical.
High School Musical was Disney Channel's most watched film that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US, until August's premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2, which achieved 8.1 million viewers.
In the United Kingdom, it received 789,000 viewers for its premiere (and 1.2 million viewers overall during the first week), making it the second most watched program for the Disney Channel (UK) of 2006.
Troy is left confused as to why Gabriella did not want to audition anymore.
Realizing their mistake, Chad and the basketball team tell Troy what happened and offer to support him in callbacks. After overhearing Gabriella and Troy practicing, Sharpay has Ms.