October 24, 2011 08:07 PM by Veronica Dudo
Tonight on NBC’s singing competition, The Sing-Off the top eight groups performed hip hop hits. The show kicked off with all eight groups coming together on stage to perform B.O.B’s “Nothing On You.” Keep reading to find out what hip hop hits made the cut!
The reality singing competition showcases a variety of groups all vying for a $200,000 prize and a Sony Music recording contract. Host, Nick Lachey announced that the top eight groups will be singing tonight and the judges will vote off one of the ensembles. The three expert judges critiquing the singers and offering advice are all from the music industry: Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles.
First up Dartmouth Aires from Hanover, N.H. is Dartmouth College’s oldest a cappella group and includes 15 fun loving, high energy guys. They sang Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me.” The judges said their performance took off after they hit the middle then it was on target and really fun.
From Howard University in Washington, D.C., the fun-loving Jazz/Pop a cappella ensemble Afro-Blue sang “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” The judges said the group’s performance was gorgeous; they looked like they were having fun and made singing look effortless.
From Nashville, Tenn., The Collective, made up of individual singer-songwriters who came together to show there is strength in numbers sang Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.” The judges said the group gave a good performance but there were some spots where they had a lot of energy and then some spots that they didn’t; the judges also commended the group for stepping out of their comfort zone.
The all-male a cappella group, Vocal Point from Provo, UT took the stage and sang “I’ll Be Missing You.” The group dedicated the song to Ben’s father who recently passed away. The judges said the group performed a very moving rendition of the song in honor of Ben’s father.
The judges deliberate and decide to send The Collective to the first Sing-Off challenge of the season.
Starting off the second bracket is Urban Method from Denver, CO who performed “Airplanes.” The judges said the group gave a really good performance but would have liked to hear a stronger sound from the lead singers.
Pentatonix from Arlington, Texas is a five member group that has a modern style and draws influences from several eclectic electro genres. They sang “Love Lockdown.” The judges said the group really delivered with this performance and that they’re in awe of the group’s talent.
With contestants from the previous two seasons, the all girls group, Delilah took the stage. They choose to sing “How To Love.” The judges said the group’s performance was amazing and applauded their girl power.
From New York, the college group, the Yellow Jackets from the University of Rochester sing everything from 1950′s Doo Whop to hits of today. They sang “The Show Goes On.” The Judges said the group has a lot of heart and that it was a good performance but they felt it was a little rushed and wished they gave a little more on stage.
In the first Sing-Off challenge of the season, The Collective faces off against the Yellow Jackets. Both groups will perform “Just A Dream” back to back. First up is The Collective followed by the Yellow Jackets. The judges deliberate and send home The Collective. They sang “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” as their farewell song.
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