December 14th, 2009

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Me In Heaven: NBC Showed Two Hours of A Capella (And will be here most of the week!)

Okay, I found out about The Sing-Off kind of at the last minute, mostly because The Boston Globe today had an article that my beloved Tufts Beelzebubs were going to be on tonight.

Check it out: Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday (the live performance finale is on December 21) NBC is hosting an a cappella competition!

Yay!

It appears that NBC is attempting to cash in on the Glee-mania (not that there's anything wrong with that), and I have to admit that this is a good way to do it. My one big complaint, the zillion or so commercials. I started DVRing a good half-hour after the program started and I caught up with the live stream 15 minutes before the end of the two-hour block. GAH! How is that possible? How?

Anyway, the judge's panel was actually knowledgeable and helpful for the most part: Ben Folds (who recently put out a CD called University A Cappella which was a collaboration between himself and more than a dozen university a cappella groups), Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men (who actually does seem pretty knowledgeable about a cappella), and Nicole Scherzinger (singer for the Pussycat Dolls, she was the weakest of the judges).

In any case, the Beelzebubs are still in it! I'm so excited! Yay!

Other spoilers profiling all 8 a cappella groups are under the cuts.

First up: The first round of 4 groups.

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In any case, I think the first grouping was just out-and-out odd. With the exception of NOTA, the other three groups in this round were I think the weakest performers and had the weakest stage presence. I also thought it was weird that both of the a cappella groups from the religious universities were in this group instead of split between the two rounds.

And now the second group of four, which mostly the stronger groups overall.

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So, that's my judgment for tonight's Sing-Off on NBC.

I can't wait to tune in tomorrow.

Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!

ETA: After re-watching the performances, I'm going to state who I think should've gone, and rank the remaining groups.

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So, there's my ranking, for what it's worth.

God, I'm so sad.