The Sing-Off Season 3 Episode 9 – Highlights
Episode nine! We’re getting close to the end of this series and I love how the advantages of a longer season are starting to show. First off, some people are really finding themselves. (I’m talking about Urban Method’s Katie of course. I mean, wow. That’s transformation on a personal level. After watching this episode I even dreamt about her and me being romantically involved with each other. Wait, I wasn’t gonna share that! Help! Cheese. Buildings. What was I talking about?)
Right. What I really love is how the groups are learning from each other and stealing each others’ tricks. While Vocal Point is usually super-smooth, they involved a very cool skipping beat in ‘Every little step’, which before was exclusive to Pentatonix’ clubbing style. Seeing Mitch (from Pentatonix) obviously loving it in the background made the entire thing even more awesome.
But Pentatonix wasn’t just watching passively how other groups were stealing their moves. They came back strong with a signature Committed-style choral breakdown followed by a little à-la-Nota samba beat in their rendition of ‘OMG’. In ‘Let’s get it on’ Avi even brought some Afro-Blue style bass licks. Just fun stuff all around, noticing these little things really gives the show more depth.
When first I heard that Vocal Point was eliminated (through the interwebs, of course), I was shocked. But after seeing them perform this episode and hearing the argumentation, I kinda got it. And noticed I even wrote about it a little in my previous blog. Yes, they are amazing vocalists. Yes, they are very consistent. But they lack the edge and personality the other groups possess. I am wondering whether Vocal Point will be able to capture an audience for 90 minutes.
That being said, their first performance in this episode was truly impressive. I love this group.
I might’ve been underestimating the Aires from the start of the show. Because of the size of their group, I wrote them off quickly. Which is partly due to my personal preference for smaller vocal groups, especially if they have a great rhythm section, which the Aires lack. But these guys sound great and have been damn entertaining throughout the entire show. If Afro-Blue messes up next episode, they might even end up in the finale.
HO – LY SHIT!!
I hate to be a judge copy-cat but I have no words for how amazing this is. Seriously, I was looking like this dude during the entire performance:
Seriously though, I don’t know what to say. There is not a single so-called “trick” in the performance but this is some of the best a cappella I have heard, ever. And since the crowds love ‘em too (every week at least one of their tracks lands in the upper half of the iTunes top 200), I am now positive these guys are gonna spend $200.000 of NBC’s money on their a cappella careers. Hot damn.
In just a couple hours, the last of the pre-recorded episodes will bring four groups down to three. There’s no way I can see Urban Method leaving, although I don’t see them winning either, considering their mild reception by the public. I don’t know about the Dartmouth Aires and Afro-Blue. They both deliver quality music and both have their drawbacks. Time will have to tell.
After episode 10, a live finale will follow, where the American audience will get the opportunity to elect a winner. The season will be closed by a bonus episode which will be an all out celebration of a cappella by who-knows-which-amazing-groups. My aca-pores are overflowing with giddiness. Oh yes.
Shawn writes an absolutely great blog concerning the process of making choices as a judge (just like Ben did last week, both very informative reads), and gives some insightful advice on a personal level as well. Ben didn’t write a blog this week (yet), which makes me feel less bad about being late last week. ;) And then something I mentioned in my previous blog: the way Pentatonix was formed. You can read that whole story here.
Thanks again (and again and again), Robert-Jon for sharing your Sing-off experience. Looking forward to more Sing-Off and a cappella stuff from the country of tulips, Edamer and vocal happiness.