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Home > Main > The Sing-Off Season 3 Episode 7 – Highlights

The Sing-Off Season 3 Episode 7 – Highlights

by Robert-Jon Eckhart, originally posted at RJ’s blog on November 7th, 2011 – sorry for the SoJam-related delay ;-)

 

This is the first time I’m writing about one of the enormous opening-tunes. There’s a reason for that. I don’t know if anything has changed in the mixing and choreographing of these numbers but they seem a little more bland than previous years. But wait, I am not here to moan, I’m here to give you highlights. And this week’s opening number was an obvious highlight.

We’re doing superstar-medleys this week and I thought it was a nice touch that the opening number was a medley as well. The styling department went all out with silly costumes and fake moustaches. I love the song-choices. (I’m not gonna spoil it for you, just watch the video.) Also, a vocal back and forth between Michael and Scott is a little bit of a dream come true.

Another reason I’ve chosen to change up the usual top three-structure is because it’s impossible to pick the three best of such an insanely great bunch of performances. This week I even loved the performance of the group that was eliminated, the Yellow Jackets. So instead of giving you the three best performances, I’ll post two videos and then write some more about the other songs you can’t miss.

To make things interesting I’m going to disagree with the judges completely and feature Urban Method’s Rihanna medley. Of course, Rihanna is known for being loud and intense, and the gals didn’t exactly replicate that. But that’s the thing, I love how soothing and laid back this medley is! Apart from the second part of umbrella, where things do go south a little bit, I thoroughly enjoyed this performance.

The next video is a Queen medley by the Dartmouth Aires. I’m a huge Queen fan and they and the Aires seem like a match made in heaven. (This could be heaven…) Personally I’m completely sick of Bohemian Rhapsody though, because it has been covered so often, so that was a little bit of a disappointment. But it seems te be a crowd-pleaser and after a couple watches I must admit they didn’t do a bad job.

Anyways, the real reason I’m posting this is their absolutely spectacular interpretation of Somebody to Love at the end. My appreciation for Michael’s skills is rising every week. The group took some big risks, completely relying on Michael’s vocal skillset, and it more than payed off. This is one world-class performance.

What other videos you should be watching right now:

This is the first time I left out Pentatonix. They were good, as ever, but it seems like their skill lies in epicly building up a single song over 2 minutes. The switching between the different songs kinda broke up their flow. Vocal Point showed once again a great amount of skill and confidence. Great work. I loved the textbook example modulation in Can’t help falling in love with you. And the moves… very jealous of the moves! Also, Delilah scored another point for showing they can be a complete and grown up vocal group. Personally, I’d still visit their show for their skinny dresses rather then because I like their style of music, but I’m pretty sure there are a lot of young women around who can relate to their repertoire.

further reading

Apparently, I’m not the only one who is having trouble keeping his blogs on schedule. Ben Folds has now missed both weeks six and seven on his personal blogging-page! Also, Sara Bareilles maybe wrote one blog during the entire season. But she did look amazing in that pink dress this episode, so that kinda makes up for it. Luckily, Shawn Stockman wrote another one of his personal blogs. I’m really starting to appreciate these. Read it here.

Robert-Jon Eckhart is Vocal Blog’s Sing-off correspondent and blogs at http://a-cappella.robert-jon.nl. He is one of these guys who ought to wear the new aca-nerd shirt collection to be seen at www.facebook.com/acappellazone.

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