December 14, 2009 09:21 PM by Lisa Princ
Tonight NBC aired a new series called The Sing Off hosted by Nick Lachey. The series which is a four day long event only, is not like any of the singing competitions you are used to. Instead, this show has chosen the top eight a cappella groups from across the nation to compete by singing with pure voice only for a chance to win $100,000 and a Sony recording contract. This is definitely two hours of must see tv! Keep reading to meet our contestants and see how they fared on their first night.
Nick Lachey opened the show tonight on The Sing Off on NBC by first introducing to our judging panel who was made up of: pianist Ben Folds, Boyz ll Men singer Shawn Stockman, and Pussycat Dolls front lady Nicole Scherzinger. Each of the eight groups performed one popular song with a different twist on it and the judges gave their critique, then deliberated and sent two groups home tonight. The groups were broken down into two groups of four and at the end of each four groups’ performance, one was sent packing. Each night the judges will send two groups home, however it’s up to America in the finale to decide who should win.
Our first four groups tonight on The Sing Off were:
Nota, a group who overcame a few hardships from Puerto Rico. They performed “I’m Yours” by Jason Miraz and put a fun Spanish twist on it. Definitely a fun group to watch.
Voices of Lee, a christian group of Lee university students from Cleveland, TN. They perfomed “Unwritten” by Natash Beddingfield. While it was fun, it fell just a little short when it should have been reaching a high.
Face, a rock band from Boulder, CO. They sang “Living on prayer” by Bon Jovi. It was good, and impressive to watch but would it be good enough to get them through?
Noteworthy, an all girl group from Provo, UT whom sang “Think” by Aretha Franklin. They seemed to blow the judges away as they were simply spectacular.
After the performances, the judges talked it over and decided that Nota, Voices of Lee and Noteworthy would all be moving on, leaving Face on their way home. In one final performance, Face sang “Home” by Daughtry. A much better choice for them, maybe they would have stayed had they sang that one to begin with.
Beelzebubs, a crazy, fun bunch of college guys from who decided to perform “Magical mystery tour” by the Beatles. What a fun performance, you could definitely picture these guys on broadway.
Maxx Factor, a group of middle aged moms and housewives from Baltimore, MD. These four gals performed “Dancing Queen” by Abba and they definitely looked like dancing queens out there.
The SoCals, a group of USC Alumni from Los Angeles, CA. They sang “Somebody to love” by Queen. They were good, but didn’t blow anyone away.
Solo, from Omaha, Nebraska is a group who had only been together for about 12 weeks or so. This is one of the saddest stories as we learned that one of them was homeless, while another was in prison for stealing basic necessities due to being out of work. They all came together to try and better their situation. They sang “Whatcha say” by Jason Derulo.
At the end of the last four performances, the judges once again deliberated and decided that Beelzebubs, Maxx Factor, and The SoCals should advance, sadly leaving Solo to go back home. Before they sang one last time, Solo thanked everyone for giving them a chance and letting us that they hoped they inspired someone else. They sang “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor with tears in their eyes.
Photos courtesy of: NBC