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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:26 pm
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 4:24 pm
#SINGOFF Thank you for joining us for this DVR-Delayed recap of tonight's special holiday Sing-Off competition (let's be honest - you were watching Survivor and recorded this anyway). Don't forget to join us Friday at 8pm ET for the exciting final leg of The Amazing Race. And stay tuned - an old friend returns December 24th!
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:11 am
#SINGOFF Congratulations guys, you are tonight's grand prize winners of $50k (split 12 ways) and you are our champions. Augie receives the trophy, a golden microphone. They are the first collegiate group to win the Sing-Off in 5 seasons. Dan is stunned.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:09 am
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:08 am
#SINGOFF What an incredible evening but only one will win. Patrick says they were all so good, it was absurd how hard this was to decide. Jewel says I feel like a mom up here, I'm so proud of you all, you rose to an incredibly difficult challenge. At the end of the day, we all work for the audience and they tell the truth. Shawn says to the beautiful people on the stage and the ones counted off earlier tonight, each group has a purpose in their lives and it would be a travesty to yourselves if you did not continue on and keep doing what you're doing. You have been officially viewed by millions of people. This show has given you a platform to be seen, so be seen by more.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:07 am
#SINGOFF Six groups were at the starting line, but now the Top 3 are about to face the music. Only one group will win it all. Will it be The Exchange? Will it be Traces? Or will it be The Melodores? It all comes down to this. One will win the Sing-Off title and the $50k grand prize as we take a look back at tonight's incredible performances.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:04 am
#SINGOFF The top 3 groups have made their voices heard, but only one will make Sing-Off history. but first, our reigning judges join current Sing-Off champions Home Free with a performance of Stand By Me (Ben E King)!
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:58 am
#SINGOFF Patrick says that's a hard song and Dan, that was awesome, really great, fantastic. The song is so sparse in the first verse and with so many voices, there were great moments of silence you worked into it. Very impressed. Jewel says this was another side of you and riding on Dan to deliver a really heavy lyric. You had to bleed for us, you had to give us your broken heart, your pain had to be authentic and you really delivered. Well done. That unison was really great. Shawn says they took us to church. This performance was what I was trying to articulate all night - you want to see a side of them that you need to see play out in front of you. Dan looked spent at the end, you gave so much heart and spirit, so that when it was done, you had to sit and take a breath. That's what makes singers legends, that kind of energy and your boys backed you up like they should have. That's storytelling.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:56 am
#SINGOFF The stage is set dramatically with crystal gothic archis on the video walls, the group divided into three separate areas of the stage, Dan front and center with a serious expression and regretful vocal. The rest of the group maintains a low pitched hum as backup, slowly coming to form a semi-circle around their lead. The percussion kicks off with a wicked lick as the bass kicks in, providing a driving, pounding heartbeat. The vibe takes on an air of despair and desperation as a light fog hits the stage floor, Dan's chorus is powerful and dramatic as the rest of the group supports him from behind. And just when you think it can't get much better, they crank it up to 11, with Dan's face turning red as he wears the emotional depth and collapses to his knees at the end.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:53 am
#SINGOFF Our final performance for this round comes from The Melodores, who were given by the judges' panel the song Take Me To Church (Hozier). They haven't had much rehearsal time, but their secret weapon is Dan, the littlest guy with the biggest voice. The song is different and deep from their first performance, they have to draw from a different place in heart and mind, Dan says.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:47 am
#SINGOFF Jewel says Freido, I'm a fan of yours, I really like your voice with that low, slinky dynamic. I love that you did the rap in 3 part harmony, that was totally cool. I was curios when the percussion dropped out during those choruses but it was really smart as the audience became your other band member. That was critical knowing your audience. Shawn says Jamal, I didn't know you had it, you're normally so baratonesque, for you to hit those high notes, wow! You showed range in the span of 2 songs, everyone played their part. It was fun, entertaining, harmonic, on point. Patrick says the rap was flawless, but some of the in-between connective tissue, the boring stuff, you knew, you just wanted to get to the next part. But it was really good.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:44 am
#SINGOFF For The Exchange, the judges' panel picked Sing (Ed Sheeran) to throw a bit of a speed bump of hip hop into a well polished group. The group stands off stage and forcefully counts off the beat, jumping into a strong harmony before establishing a sick percussion line with a light but very active bass beat. The second verse startles Shawn as it's sung completely in falsetto. The bass jumps all over the place as the group returns to the choral harmonies, inciting the audience to clap louder. The vocal pace picks up for the bridge over the hip hop section, before returning to the hip-slapping falsetto and then simply jamming to the end.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:41 am
#SINGOFF Shawn says with that song, attitude is everything, it represents empowerment and you exemplified that, it was wonderful. Keisha, you have such a sultry voice, it's like honey dripping off a spoon into a tea cup, just beautiful. And Tamika, you just be holding down that low vocal, the people enjoyed it, it was fun. Patrick says that was out of control, so good, space for everyone in the arrangement. Keisha didn't overpower; everyone got to shine. Jaw dropping. Jewel says all sound is pitch, duration, tamber and dynamics and you guys hit them on all cylinders, the letting out and sucking back in, I loved that, the staccato arpeggios, the really tight harmonies, really amazing and yes, Tamika, that really low note, come on!
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:35 am
#SINGOFF We open the second round with Traces, singing the judges' pick I Am Every Woman (Whitney Houston). Keisha is going to take the lead and channel Whitney. This opportunity's been a long time coming, she says. Standing together on a raised dais, Keisha is backed by a soft chorus and light harmonies before counting off a base beat, fusing the song with new rhythms, attitudes and an original feel. If you try to compare it to the original, it's sounded like a mess, but taken as an original anthem for womanhood, it works.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:31 am
#SINGOFF What do you think of these finalists and eliminated groups? Did the judges make the right choices? We keep the music rolling with the Judges' Choice round with a song given to each group earlier.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:27 am
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:26 am
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:25 am
#SINGOFF These six groups are about to find out who gets a chance to perform in Round 2 and who is going home right now: Sing-Off Super Group The Exchange; Jailhouse Rockers, Timothy's Gift; Bay City Pop Phenoms SanFran6; from the Ivy League, electro-quintet a.Squared; New York's downtown divas, Traces; and big men on campus, The Melodores.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:24 am
#SINGOFF As we await the judges' first decisions, we have a very special guest. Since they won The Sing-Off, this A Capop quintette has release chart topping albums and risen to the top of the A Capella world. You may have seen them a few weeks ago during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With a heartfelt holiday medley, please welcome Sing-Off champions, the master of the vocal remix, Pentatonix!
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:16 am
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:12 am
#SINGOFF Jewel says William (the falsetto) is cuter than kittens on YouTube. That was cute overload. James, very cool with that Jason Miraz swanky thing going on there. I loved all the different aspects you had, from Miraz to the falsetto chorus, gospel and Sinatra, you were very entertaining. Shawn says that was a really nice trip you took us on, fellas, I loved that you changed rhythms and the whole nine yards. It's entertaining, baby, that's what it's all about, keeping people engaged. Augie, nice flugelhorn at the end. Bass-wise, it could have been a little more present out of the, what, 150 of you guys up there, I was trying to feel that rumble. But other than that, it was entertaining, flashy, bubbly, all those things that that song is. Patrick says I have no idea how you get that many people on the same beat, the arrangement was excellent. There were some pitchy moments at the start but you settled in and it was awesome.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:10 am
#SINGOFF Lined up in 2 lines, they blast off in harmonic pairs, each with their hands forming the bell of a trumpet in front of their faces as they deliver an opening fanfare before easing into a silky smooth up tempo vocal performance, moving easily and in unison, half dressed in red plaid the others in black jackets. They trade off the lead seamlessly, coming to a near stop for a sickly sweet falsetto that seems to last forever as the rest of the group picks themselves up off the floor and reestablishes the bass and percussion beats, transitioning into a new style with a whaling lead backed up by a leg-kicking chorus line. It seems like it should be really busy and complex, but somehow it all comes together and works. The group closes with a the impossible sound of a muted trumpet.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:05 am
#SINGOFF We close out the first round with a dozen college guys with tight harmonies and endless energy, from Nashville, TN, it's time to study up with The Meladores. Led by Auggie, they are from Vanderbilt University who go to class during the day but sing get up in the morning to sing at night. Ted will be a troublemaker in the upcoming sequel to Pitch Perfect, but says being with these guys is much more fun. They are serious about their craft, singing their signature song Trumpets (Jason Derulo). They have one goal - to put on a show and win the whole thing. Because they're a college group, they graduate off members every year and for the seniors in the group, winning the Sing-Off would be a good way for them to say goodbye.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:01 am
#SINGOFF Patrick says I loved that arrangement so much, I didn't care. I was entertained the entire time. Jewel says Cheryl Lynn sounded like a pop singer and I enjoyed that. I really liked it. With A Capella, there are great choral traditions but there's room for modern influences from pop music. Danny there was this really neat chord you guys struck that had great dynamics.
Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:56 am