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December 15, 2009

Sing Off night two

Voices of Lee perform "No One" on episode 2

Even more fun tonight as every group stepped it up a notch (or two) and the overall level of singing was much improved. The first show seemed to emphasize the choreography but now the singing and arranging are in the forefront and the groups seem more comfortable. BYU’s Noteworthy were eliminated tonight and probably deservedly so although they certainly did a good job with the voices they have. Much was made of the limitations of all-female groups which is true to point but then there are groups such as Sweet Honey in The Rock, Anonymous 4, VOCO, Zap Mama, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares who can sing a wide range of material.

Kudos to all of the groups who are having to arrange and learn all new material over the course of only a week let alone they are being assigned songs that are deliberately out of their comfort zone. MAXX Factor had by far the greatest challenge in that regard with "Rehab" and they did an admirable job on a song that no Sweet Adeline group, I’m confident to say, has ever performed before! The SoCal Vocals singing "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us" or the Beelzebubs "Come Sail Away" had to stretch nowhere near as much.

Nice to see the costumes and a small complaint I have had with some of the Harmony Sweepstakes groups in the past has been the lack of thought some of them put into their stage outfits. (barbershop quartets excepted who always dress to the nines). Lots of color coordination but not so sure about all those scarves (I wonder if The Gap is a sponsor?). And do please tuck in the shirts.

I look forward to Wednesday and make no predictions. One thing the Harmony Sweeps has shown me is that on any given night some groups can rise to the occasion while others may stumble. Everybody is doing a great job and good luck to them all.

Watch the first two episodes in full here.

Posted by acapnews at December 15, 2009 11:30 PM


Wäre Sing Off nicht etwas für Deutschland? Können wir nicht den Casting fever nutzen und ein gute a capella show machen ?

Posted by: Dee at December 16, 2009 2:59 AM

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