September 19, 2011 08:13 PM by Veronica Dudo
The Sing-Off returned tonight for another brand new season on NBC. The reality singing competition features 16 all-vocal groups. Host, Nick Lachey said this season will be the best one yet. Keep reading to find out what happened!
All of the vocal groups opened the show singing Pink’s hit “Perfect.” This year, the groups have been broken up into two categories; all vying for the grand prize—a Sony music recording contract. Two brackets comprising of four groups in each competed against one another. The judges–the trio of experts from the music industry included Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles critiquing the singers and offering advice.
First up from New York, was the college group, the Yellow Jackets from the University of Rochester who sing everything from 1950′s Doo Whop to hits of today. The Yellow Jackets went to Kenya for a trip to help young children. They were moved by their experience and decided to sing “Wavin Flag.” The Judges had a lot of positive comments for them saying they saw a real brotherhood among the men and that they enjoyed their spirit.
The Fannin Family is made up of eight singing siblings from Hortonville, WI. They performed “Who Says,” as 14 year-old Maria sang the lead. The judges were impressed with their performance and said it was refreshing.
From Howard University in Washington, D.C., the fun-loving Jazz/Pop a cappella ensemble Afro-Blue brought their old school sound to the stage with “Put Your Records On.” The judges enjoyed their a cappella song and said they were classy, smooth and had style.
With contestants from the previous two seasons, an all girls group has emerged called, Delilah. They choose to sing “Grenade.” The judges said the group definitely had girl power, showed emotion and delivered a great song.
Together on-stage Nick announced the groups that would move on in the competition: Delilah, Afro-Blue and the Yellow Jackets therefore, the Fannin Family was eliminated from the competition. The Fannin Family sang “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie” as their farewell song.
Round two began with Urban Method from Denver, CO who performed “Love The Way You Lie.” The judges were amazed how they beatboxed, harmonized, had a singer, a rapper and a theatrical element.
Next, the Cat’s Pajamas who have performed on cruise ships but now sing in Branson, MO sang “Some Kind of Wonderful.” The judges felt they were very entertaining yet the next step for the group should be to take a risk.
Kinfolk 9 from Los Angeles was made up of artists all trying to make it in the music industry. They sang “Secrets” for The Sing-Off. The judges said they gave a good performance, had a great delivery and are all powerhouse singers.
Finally, Vocal Point a group from Provo, UT took the stage. Unfortunately, one of their members, Ben couldn’t perform with them because his father was extremely sick. The all-male a cappella group sang “Jump, Jive and Wail.” The judges said they have a lot of personality and did very well and will be even better when Ben returns.
After collaborating, the judges sent Vocal Point, Urban Method and Kinfolk 9 through in the competition therefore the Cat’s Pajamas were eliminated and sang their farewell song. Next week the second bracket of eight groups will perform.
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