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December 21, 2009

Nota wins the Sing Off

What a wonderfully entertaining show the finale turned out to be. The three remaining groups did a cappella proud and the guest spots worked well. Boys 11 Men were stunning. And congratulations to Nota who of all the competitors are probably the best suited to make the most of the Sony recording contract and if they can get good management have a shot of having some show biz success.

Four of the six members of Nota competed as Alpha in the Los Angeles Harmony Sweeps and won the regional competition. They competed in the National Finals in 2004 which was the year Chapter 6 took top honors.

What a lot of work it must of been for the groups to not only learn a bunch of new songs but also all that choreography, blocking and staging. There were several full on production numbers that can be very rehearsal intensive let alone sound checks, costume fittings, hair & makup, promotional activities and so on. I didn't notice one misstep, overt nervousness and only a few missed notes. That's hard enough for professionals let alone students. There should, however, be no crying in a cappella..

I was a little nervous watching the first broadcast of the Sing Off as I of course wanted this opportunity to showcase a cappella in the best possible light. Each show became better as everybody seemed to settle in and become more comfortable. Congratulations to the producers who I feel did a great job of presenting this art form we love so much in a creative and entertaining format (goofy sweaters excepted).

If this show inspires more folks to join or form an a cappella group then it should be judged a success and it certainly has helped give a cappella a boost in mainstream credibility. I am very happy with the way everything worked out and let's hope for a season two!

Contestant Performances:
Voices of Lee – Stand by Me – Ben E. King
Voices of Lee (Swan Song) – So Long, Farewell – Sound of Music
NOTA – Lean on Me – Club Nouveau
NOTA (Swan Song, if needed) – It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boys II Men
NOTA – Down – Jay Sean
Beelzebubs – Where Is The Love – Black Eyed Peas
Beelzebubs (Swan Song) – We Gotta Get Out of This Place – Animals

Judges’ Performance
Nicole Scherzinger – You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore/Dusty Springfield/Joan Jett
Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful of Sunshine
Ben Folds – Why Can’t We Be Friends – War

Posted by acapnews at December 21, 2009 10:39 PM


Really glad that Nota won. Along with Face, they were the best of the bunch. After Face was eliminated the 1st night, I didn't hold out much hope for a Nota victory. Especially when it came down to them and the Bubs, who seemed to be the favorite of the judges. Don't much care for their sound, and find their production numbers corny, rather than entertaining. The Bubs remind me of a group you'd see performing in the streets at Disney World, and that's not the beauty of acapella to me.

For me, the highlight of the entire series was Nota singing "Tracks" with Smokey. And I really believe it would have been just as good if they sang that arrangement by themselves.

Posted by: RichZ at December 22, 2009 8:07 PM

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