Last week, you saw eight of the best a
cappella groups compete on the same stage for the same prize: $100,000
and a Sony Music recording contract. Five of them were eliminated at the
hands of the expert judges, leaving just Nota from Puerto Rico, the
Beelzebubs from Boston, and Voices of Lee from Tennessee. All week
you've been voting for a winner and two hours from now, we'll see who
gets the cash, the bragging rights, and the title of "The Sing-Off"
But first, the three groups have a group
number, U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".
So what have the groups been doing for
the last week? We'll find out as they deliver songs of hope.
The Voices of Lee have been hanging
out with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of LA, even going so far as to take a
group of kids to the set and play judge. As Gordon would say.... "Awwwbarf."
This segues into a performance of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Ben
didn't get it at the outset, but now he got it. They're one of the most
harmonically diverse groups in the competition. He hearkens back to the
"Man in the Mirror" performance, saying that they slipped tri-tone
substitutions in primetime. Shawn thought that he had the group pegged,
but he was pleasantly surprised, saying that it was a pleasure watching
them develop and grow. Nicole calls the group "her choir of angels" who
"sing with their heart". They have strong lead vocalists and they're
able to blend well.
Next, college buddies Beelzebubs decide
to show off some holiday cheers to a group of seniors, from dancing in a
line with them to... well, flirting and serenade. They really enjoyed
what they heard at the home. Will they enjoy "Where's the Love" by
Black-Eyed Peas? I know I'm not to judge them on the finale, but...
where's the pitch? So why did the Bubs make it to the championship?
Nicole says that they put a smile on their faces and in their hearts.
They're not afraid to take risks and not take themselves too seriously.
They're simply "bub-tastic". Ben has a theory that says that these are
what college boys are really like, and they back it up with their
talent. Shawn believes the group's 47-year tradition epitomizes what
this show is all about. They're fun, energetic, and they sound great.
Nota decides to give back at a soup
kitchen, something David thought was something special. They also take a
few moments to sing to their customers. Their song of hope: "Lean on Me"
by Bill Withers. So why are they in the final? Seriously, didn't you
just hear that? That's your case right there. But let's hear from the
judges. Shawn says that they have a flavor unlike any group they've
seen, and it's owed to where they come from, blending traditional
harmonies with their Latin flavor. They're going to encourage a lot of
kids to sing. Nicole thinks Nota showcases what the voice as an
instrument is capable of doing. The group takes us to another place with
their own swagger. Ben just says that they're just a good band. They do
music just all the time, they don't need a reason.
Next, Voices of Lee take the stage with
Natasha Bedingfield with her hit "Pocketful of Sunshine", then the
Beelzebubs live out a musical (among other things) fantasy by sharing
the stage with Nicole, singing "You Don't Own Me" and showing off a
different side to the Bubs. Finally, Nota find out that they will share
the stage with Smokey Robinson. This is kind of weird, because the other
groups had the advantage of working with their singer... Not so with
Nota, who sing "Tracks of My Tears".
Next, get your Christmas cheer on with
the host and the finalists singing "It's Christmas (Baby Please Come
Then Shawn brings a couple of his Boyz
onto the stage to perform a medley of their greatest. It's Boyz II Men
with a string of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye", "Yesterday", and "End of
Next, ten-time Grammy winner Bobby
McFerrin decides to put the groups on the spot with something certain
I've never seen before... an improvisational a cappella jam. Good
Now it's time for what we came to do...
One of the final three is going bye-bye. Voices of Lee were tight and
believable. It's like hearing one voice together. The Beelzebubs know
who they are, strong entertainers who bring a wow moment and put their
stamp on everything that they do. Nota is talented, funky, true to their
roots, and experts at reinventing and transcending.
Your final two....
...THE BEELZEBUBS... and NOTA!
Unfortunately, Voices of Lee will have to settle for the bronze. They
thank the audience, NBC, Sony, and everyone... and deliver their swan
song, "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music...
Now, the only time you'll see a musical
instrument on stage, Ben Folds performing on his piano with the final
two. The song, "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by War. Then, a look back at
what it took for each of the groups to get to where they were. Seeing
the Nota piece brings Shawn to tears, while Ben says that the Bubs just
have to be themselves.
And now... the moment of truth. The best
of the best are on the stage with the Beelzebubs and Nota.... But only
one of them can get the title, the cash, and the contract. The
Beelzebubs have a 47 year legacy to live up to. Nota has a style and
flavor all of its own.
But there can only be one Sing-Off
The winner... of the first-ever
NOTA! They get the $100,000, the
recording contract, the accolades of the audience, the bragging rights,
and the title of Sing-Off Champions. We get... STREAMERS! David? "This
means a brand new life for all of us. Thank you so much for this
Unfortunately, it's time for the Bubs to
sing their swan song... Grand Funk Railroad's "We Gotta Get Out of This
Nota sings us out with their version of
"Down" by Jay Sean...
And that'll do it for "The Sing-Off".
Only time will tell whether or not there will be more to come, but there
will be more songs, and as long as there are songs out there, there will
be singers to interpret them creatively.
... Instruments... We don't need no
Until next we meet, this is UNC Achordant
#5 signing off from the Sing-Off.
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