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July 30, 2011

The Sing Off starts production

TV Guide:

Production began this week on NBC's a cappella competition The Sing-Off, which is being pre-taped over the next few weeks to air this fall.

That means even though the show has been upgraded to regular series status, NBC and the show's producers have opted not to try and make The Sing-Off a live TV event (in the vein of American Idol or The Voice).

That's partly to accommodate the college students who make up many of the show's a capella groups. "If the shows were live between September and December, we wouldn't be able to have them in the competition," says NBC alternative series executive vice president Paul Telegdy. "It's one of the reasons we always shoot it at a certain time of year, as we don't want to disadvantage the collegiate groups."

Because it's pre-taped, The Sing-Off also doesn't include a viewer vote as part of its elimination process. But Telegdy believes that's an advantage: A capella singing is a highly technical music form — and the executive says he wouldn't want the show to turn into another popularity contest. "This is a very specific competition," he says. "That's the differentiation, we really rely on the judges' expertise and detailed analysis. What these guys are doing is extremely complex."

The final episode of The Sing-Off will be live, however, which means viewers will indeed get to vote for the show's ultimate winner. That finale is currently scheduled to air on Monday, Nov. 28.

On Thursday, The Sing-Off's season premiere episode was taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., as the first eight groups performed in front of judges and a live audience. The other eight groups were set to compete Friday night for episode two.

Two groups were eliminated on Thursday, with another two set to be cut on Friday. That will leave 12 groups heading into episode three; NBC is scheduled to air a total of 11 episodes this season. Despite the sheer number of people who will be privy to the competition's results — not only studio audience members, but friends and family of the show's 16 competing groups — Telegdy says he's not worried about spoilers leaking out. Read more.

As I am so involved in a cappella I do get the learn of things that are not always public knowledge but the last thing I want to be is a tattle tale or a spoiler. I will of course be covering the upcoming season of the series but will absolutely refrain from posting anything that might be giving something away. I'd just as soon watch along myself and enjoy the surprises of the competition.

Posted by acapnews at July 30, 2011 12:00 AM


My wife and I love your show and want to know how we could see it in person? Thanks

Posted by: Mark at September 26, 2011 8:58 PM

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