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'The Sing-Off' Finale: And the Winner Is... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 2:00AM
'The Sing-Off'After their longest season yet, it was down to a college a cappella group, a hip hop group and a group creating an electronic dance club sound on the season finale of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). It was amazing watching these three powerhouse groups through the season.


The Dartmouth Aires soared under the powerful lead vocals of Michael, while it took Urban Method a little while to find their strengths beyond their rap niche. Pentatonix struggled a bit with deciding how far to take their signature remixes. But all three groups excelled and impressed week after week.

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Performance Finale Reveals Final Three on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 4:30AM
Pentatonix, 'The Sing-Off'In anticipation of next week's live finale, the phone lines opened for the first and last time on this longest-ever season of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC). But before fans could decide who should win this season, the competition had to lose one final act.

It was a brutal night to be facing elimination, so close to the final, and you could see nerves throughout the evening as no one had a flawless night. Nevertheless, the judges based their decisions on what we've seen all season long, including tonight's double bill of a mastermix combining two songs and a judges' choice song.

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Urban Method Goes Country With 'Before He Cheats' on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 8th 2011 4:00AM
Urban Method, 'The Sing-Off'After challenging the groups with hip-hop, 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) threw them a double-whammy this week by having them tackle one song in the classic rock genre and another in country. It was a challenge that would truly show who could be the most versatile.


Urban Method was probably the group most people were immediately concerned about, as neither genre suits their sensibilities. In fact, they even added a rap to their rock track, 'Here I Go Again,' which was a little odd.

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The Dartmouth Aires Tackle a Queen Medley on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 1st 2011 1:45AM
Dartmouth Aires, 'The Sing-Off'This week, the seven remaining contenders on 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) were tasked with creating superstar medleys, and no group faced a more daunting challenge than the Dartmouth Aires.

Now, they've got an outstanding frontman, but no-one is Freddie Mercury, and they had the task of bringing the music of Queen to life a cappella. For sure, this was going to be a performance the judges would scrutinize and hold their breath during.

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Vocal Point Sings a Tribute to Deceased Father on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 1:30AM
Vocal Point, 'The Sing-Off'The them may have been hip-hop, but one group went for a far more intimate and personal connection on 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). To honor the recently-deceased father of one of its members, Vocal Point performed 'I'll Be Missing You' as a tribute.


The performance was wrought with emotion, and the group slipped through to safety in the first bracket of the night. In the second group, the YellowJackets didn't muster enough with their take on Lupe Fiasco's 'The Show Goes On' and had to face off against The Collective, who didn't pull it together enough on Pitbull's 'Give Me Everything.'

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Urban Method Inspires Ben Folds to Find His Inner Rapper on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 18th 2011 2:00AM
'The Sing-Off' - 'Guilty Pleasures'It was Guilty Pleasures night on 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) and Ben Folds certainly got into the spirit of the theme. While his professional work has never delved into hip-hop or rap, Urban Method's take on Bell Biv Devoe's 'Poison' inspired him to lay down some rhymes.

Maybe he was just excited that all ten remaining groups were finally together in the same week -- we know we were! Or it could be that Urban Method absolutely killed that performance, proving once again that a cappella can do anything, and sometimes the most unexpected directions bear the most exciting fruit.

One thing we did learn. While we applaud Folds for digging very deep and finding his inner MC, he should probably stick to singing. It seems to suit him better.

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North Shore Brings Doo-Wop to 'The Lazy Song' on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 6:00AM
North Shore, 'The Sing-Off'The idea of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) is that we get to hear songs like we've never heard before. This week, for doo-wop group North Shore, it was a chance for them to sing a song they'd literally never heard before.

The old school a cappella group admitted that none of them even listen to the radio anymore, so they didn't know who Bruno Mars was before they got assigned his hit 'The Lazy Song.' Nevertheless, they presented a version of the song that was true to the original, and yet sounded completely theirs.

There were a lot of great performances in this fourth week of 'The Sing-Off' featuring six of the remaining twelve acts. We can't wait for these brackets to unite into a single group of finalists so we can see everybody every week, though!

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Kinfolk 9 Put a Gospel Spin on The Beatles for 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2011 6:15AM
Kinfolk 9, 'The Sing-Off'On 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC), we flipped back to the first bracket, which featured stand-out supergroup Delilah in the first week of the competition. But could they match their stellar vocals on 'Grenade' when featuring other members of the group on lead?

This week, the six remaining contenders in this group had to sing two songs each. First was a contemporary pop song followed by a classic hit from the 1960s. Things were switched up quite a bit this week, with some new voices rising to the top, and one group falling short.

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Ben Folds Talks About 'The Sing-Off' and Harmonizes Hoda's Cue Card Notes (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 30th 2011 3:30PM
Ben Folds joined Hoda Kotb as the guest host on the fourth hour of 'Today' (9AM ET on NBC) where he talked about what sets 'The Sing-Off' apart from other reality music shows and demonstrated his harmonizing skills by singing an improvised jingle made up of the notes on Hoda's cue cards.

"I think this show is socially significant. Music education has been on the down, and filling the space has been kids singing at colleges. There are about 4-8 A capella groups at each university now," he said." As for the show's contestants, he explained, "they're not divas. This show isn't about egos, it's people working together."

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Sara Bareilles Talks About the Challenge of Giving Negative Feedback on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 27th 2011 1:45PM
New 'The Sing-Off' judge Sara Bareilles co-hosted the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) while Kathie Lee Gifford was off shooting her 'Hot in Cleveland' cameo. Bareilles, who's a sweetheart by nature, talked about the challenge of giving singers negative feedback, sang some a capella of her own and hoola-hooped with Hoda.

Bareilles struggled to figure out how to provide substantive criticism without coming off like a jerk. "It's hard to be critical sometimes. I see that now as I'm watching the show be aired, and I remember feeling self-conscious about wanting to point out places where they need to make improvements," she said.

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Pentatonix Perform on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 27th 2011 8:00AM
PentatonixYouthful a cappella group Pentatonix gave it their all and wowed the crowd on 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) last night.

The Los Angeles-based group performed their unique take on Katy Perry's song 'E.T.' and afterward seemed real happy with how it went.

Judge Sara Bareilles told the singers how she loved that each member of the group "had your little moment in that song where you just go to shine and to sparkle and we got to see all the dimensions of you."

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Delilah's Amazing A Cappella Take on 'Grenade' for 'The Sing-Off' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 6:00AM
Delilah, 'The Sing-Off'With FOX having two singing competition shows on the air now to balance their schedule, NBC unexpectedly found themselves able to mirror that winning formula. With 'The Voice' waiting in the wings for a 2012 return, the network debuted an expanded third season of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC).

With its emphasis on a cappella singing groups, 'The Sing-Off' manages to stand separate from its competition in bringing us vocal performances you simply can't see on any other show. Even 'The X Factor' with its group performances doesn't seem likely to get as involved as some of these groups do.

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Sara Bareilles Joins 'The Sing Off'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 14th 2011 3:30PM
Sara BareillesSara Bareilles, the woman responsible for 'Love Song' and most recently 'King of Anything,' has joined 'The Sing Off.'

"I'm extremely excited to be joining the panel of judges for 'The Sing-Off' this fall!" Bareilles said in a statement. "A cappella music is very near and dear to my heart, and I have been a huge fan of the show from the beginning. I love the opportunity to be a part of something that celebrates a genre of music that I just adore and believe in. I can't wait for it to start."

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'Buried Life,' 'Sing-Off' Renewed

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:15AM
The Buried LifeThe gang from 'The Buried Life' can check one more accomplishment off their bucket list: getting renewed.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, MTV will be bringing back 'The Buried Life,' which follows the adventures of a group of friends who travel the world attempting to complete a list of things to do before they die. The four friends announced the pickup during a recent appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' which likely checks off yet another box for them as well.

Also receiving the gift of television life is 'The Sing-Off,' which according to the Hollywood Reporter has been renewed by NBC. The series, which debuted in December as a fill-in during the holiday hiatus, features a cappella groups competing for a recording contract; hosted by Nick Lachey, the show's eclectic judging panel includes Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, Boyz II Men stalwart Shawn Stockman and indie hitmeister Ben Folds. The second season of 'The Sing-Off' will run for eight episodes.

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NBC Renews 'The Sing-Off'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Mar 1st 2010 11:30AM
The Sing-Off'The Sing-Off' has apparently hit all the right notes with NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the reality singing competition has just received a second-season order after a strong performance during its four-episode run in December; 7.25 million viewers tuned in to watch Nota, a six-piece group from San Juan, take home the $100,000 prize and a recording contract with Sony Music -- not bad for a week's worth of harmonizing.

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