North Shore and the Deltones are headed back to the
east coast, as the remaining eight teams begin a west-coast style beef with the
Hip-Hop Round. And this is guaranteed to end in a free-for-all, because tonight,
for the first time in Sing-Off history, the bottom two will have to sing for
First up, the group number of
"Nothin' On You" by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars.
Now for the rules... We'll play two rounds of
four groups. The bottom two will sing off in a battle round on the same song.
The worst of those two are going home tonight.
1) DARTMOUTH AIRES - the 16 strong group with two
major leads came alive last week, but can these Ivy Leaguers find their inner
MC? They're opening the show tonight with... "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida.
Nice contrast between mellow and hyper, but the
chorus singer is way too breathy and very very rushed. He needs to control his
dynamic so that it better matches the group. The group is fine, especially at
the end with the tri-tone. Looks like we have a new favorite in the bunch. And
Sara wrote down "swagger". That's so cute.
2) AFRO-BLUE - They hit a stumbling block last
week thanks to a poor song choice, but now comes a golden opportunity to take it
back... IF they can channel what got them there in the first place. First up,
they're going to channel Roberta Flack/The Fugees with "Killing Me Softly With
They are a jazz group. We get that. This is a
jazz standard. We get that. But now it's on the group to elevate the standard.
They accomplish that. The blend is mellow without being overbearing, the
arrangement plays to its strength, and we're back to what made this group so
unique. Welcome back to the fold, we missed you. And Ben Folds should never rap
again. Ever. Again.
3) THE COLLECTIVE - They had their best outing
last week. Now they have to build on that. This week, it's a current smash and a
heck of a challenge, "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo. It's
definitely outside of comfort zones, but a good group can make anything work.
That. Was. Cacophonous. Really bad song choice,
because it didn't have anything to work with beforehand.
4) VOCAL POINT - The group is dealing with the
loss of a loved one, and their song choice is going to reflect that as they take
on Diddy's "I'll Be Missing You"... in a way that only they know how. Which
means no rapping. Heh.
Still recognizable from the lyrics. Overall, very
emotional and very well-channeled. Seemed like that the background was missing a
little bit of a connecting treble, but still well done. Also, the key change was
a mite weak.
Okay, time to send one group into battle. But
first, returning next week are... AFRO-BLUE and DARTMOUTH AIRES. Easy choices.
Joining them in the safety boxes.... VOCAL POINT. That means that the Collective
is going to sing for their lives.
Moving on to the next round to find their
5) URBAN METHOD - They solidified their position
in the contest, but even so, Michael believed that they can do better. This week
is in their wheelhouse, as they take on 2Pac and Dre's "California Love". If
you're going to be a bear, be a grizzly. Then they choose something that fits
better with a cappella, B.o.B. & Hayley Williams' "Airplanes".
I would've stuck with the original choice. The
chorus could've used a lower harmony to better fit the rest of the song. The
airplane screech seems a little hokey, but I like the breakdown in the verse.
The rest of the arrangement was just meh.
6) PENTATONIX - Last week, they did their thing
when the remixed the Buggles. Now they're going after a genre known for remixes,
so it's going to be a little bit difficult to be fresh. But they'll give it a go
anyway with "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West.
They're going the opposite way. Yes it would be
easy to remix a hip-hop song. Hip-hop is rife for remixing. So they're just
going to go all-breakdown. Vocal Point did it earlier and had a few pitch
issues. Pentatonix manages to avoid said issues, going into what Sara called "a
sweet spot". They took a risk and it paid off.
7) DELILAH - Last week, we used the phrase "good
enough to survive, but no longer good enough to win". But we also said "still
time to turn it around." Can they do it with a girl-power version of "How to
Love" by Lil Wayne?
They're "arranging for Delilah" this week, which
somehow involves making the percussionist sing. The song itself is so devoid of
energy that you need to be dead on in order to nail it. It wasn't a bad decision
to make it all melody... It wasn't particularly a GOOD decision, but it gives
them another week on the show. Change that, it was a great idea to make it all
melody, but the execution only shone in the middle part of the song.
8) YELLOWJACKETS - All competition long, the boys
from Rochester have been delivering music with a message. The message itself was
lost in the tune last week. But hip-hop is known for delivering a message.
Hopefully we'll hear it on "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco.
The rap needed a little work. The group blends
VERY well together, but the arrangement was lacking a little bit of something, a
Four groups left, for three, next week awaits.
For the other, the Collective awaits. Returning next week... PENTATONIX and
DELILAH! Joining them in the next show... URBAN METHOD.
So it's the Rochester Yellowjackets vs. the
Collective for the right to sing next week. The song that will be performed
back-to-back for another chance at the title... "Just a Dream" by Nelly. Groups,
take your places.... BATTLE ON!
Now it's up to a judge's vote. Shawn picks
Yellowjackets. Ben picks... the Collective. The new girl has the tiebreaking
vote. With her vote... the Collective... is going home tonight. In the end, the
Collective were never really one group, just a mob of solo singers. Now they'll
sing their swan song as such with "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan.
Moral of the story: hang together or hang
separately. Either way, you're going to hang. Now hang on these...
Power Rankings after Week Six:
Seven groups remain in the hunt. Next time...
medleys until you puke. Signing off from the Sing Off, it's Achordant #5 reminding
you to support local & independent music!
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