September 26, 2011 07:43 PM by Veronica Dudo
The Sing-Off returned tonight with part two of the brand new season on NBC. The reality singing competition features all vocal groups. Host, Nick Lachey said this season will be the best one yet showcasing a variety of groups. Keep reading to find out what happened!
The trio of experts from the music industry included Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles critiquing the singers and offering advice. The remaining eight groups took the stage collaborating to sing the hit song, “Sing” by My Chemical Romance. The a cappella groups are all vying for a Sony recording contract. Tonight, the first bracket included: Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix, Messiah’s Men and Sonos.
Dartmouth Aires from Hanover, N.H. is Dartmouth College’s oldest a cappella group and includes 15 fun loving, high energy guys. They sang, “Higher Ground.” The judges said they started off wonderfully and kept it that way throughout the song.
Pentatonix from Arlington, Texas is a five member group that has a modern style and draws influences from several eclectic electro genres. They sang, “E.T.” The judges said they were really good and enjoyed their performance.
Messiah’s Men from Minneapolis, Minn., originally from Africa are unofficial brothers who survived the war in Liberia with the help of music. They sang, “People Get Ready.” The judges said the group had very big voices, were very powerful and refreshing.
Sonos formed in 2006 in Los Angeles as a recording project that grew into a vocal band. They sang, “Wicked Game.” The judges said the group has come a long way and enjoyed their arrangement of the song. After deliberating, the judges decided to send Messiah’s Men home. For their farewell song they sang, “Sweet Chariot.”
The second bracket was made up of The Collective, Soul’D Out, North Shore and The Deltones. From Nashville, Tenn., The Collective, made up of individual singer-songwriters who came together to show there is strength in numbers sang, “Rolling In The Deep.” The Judges said the group had a solid sound and they blended well together for being a new group.
Soul’D Out is an award-winning mixed a cappella groupd from Wilsonville High School in Oregon and is comprised of students from all grade levels. They sang, “Let The Sunshine In.” The judges said the high school group held their own in the competition especially with their difficult song choice.
For the last 30 years, North Shore has entertained thousands of listeners on street corners in Boston, Mass. singing songs from the 1940′s to today. They sang, “Runaround Sue.” The judges said their voices blended together perfectly as they performed a classy doo wop song.
From Newark, D.E., the Deltones were founded in 1991 at The University of Delaware and pride themselves on their smooth tunes and motto, “friends first, singers second.” The group sang, “Feels Like Home.” The judges said the group’s performance was very moving and was executed beautifully. The judges again deliberated and sent home Soul’D Out. They sang, “Mama I’m Coming Home” as their farewell song.
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