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The biggest musical challenge ever to hit the stage features 16 teams, great music... and no instruments.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN
Host Nick Lachey
Judges Sara Bareilles
Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Creator Joel Gallen
EP Joel Gallen
Deborah Jelin Newmyer
Sam Weisman
Josh Greenberg
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Origins Sunset Bronson Studios, Los Angeles
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Round of 8: Hip Hop
October 24

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 their lives.

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 His Song."

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 opponent.

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 little cohesiveness.

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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