So, I don’t really approve of the 4 x 4 groupings. I really feel like these are 4 of the stronger groups in the competition and I could make an argument for them staying over 3 of the remaining 4 teams. That being said, here’s the episode 3 rankings:
4. The Filharmonic
This was a really good performance from the group and maybe the most “professional” looking thing they’ve done on the show. That being said, it may have been the least entertaining thing they’ve done in the first week of the show (so, I guess I agree with Ben Folds). The strange thing is that it’s hard to say where the energy or entertainment value went. It felt like this was a really good performance from just another acapella group. This group definitely doesn’t deserve to go home but this was definitely a lapse, hopefully it doesn’t cost them more than just a trip to the bottom 2 in the long run.
3. Street Corner Renaissance
There’s something about these guys that just makes you want to hang out and sing with them. The performance is always on with this group. There was a little more personality injected into the performance with some little ad-libs and fill-ins. Ultimately, the group is still doing Doo-Wop, which is enjoyable but I’m afraid if they don’t branch out soon, they may find themselves in the bottom 2 soon.
Two distinctly different song styles in this one. I was prepared to just be okay with the first version of “Chain of Fools” that they brought out. They staged themselves like a traditional act with a band, backup singers, and a “horn section” and the performance carried just like they were. Then, all of a sudden, they went into what I can only describe as a gospel break down of the song. That part was awesome. My only complaint was that it just started instead of building into the breakdown like you would normally hear in a church. But that could’ve just been an issue of fitting the arrangement into the time allowed. The 2nd strong performance in two weeks.
This was not what I expected to see from this group and it was outstanding. This performance encompasses one of the things that I love about acapella music: choral arrangements. There was no over bearing instrumental bass and no beatboxing just a very sincere choral arrangement. They produce the kind of goose-bump/chill inspiring vocals that a song like that affords the opportunity for. Then, for good measure, adding a marriage proposal at the end had me convinced that they’d definitely be around for another episode.
The Ultimate Sing-Off
Unfortunately, Filharmonic and Street Corner Renaissance ended up being pitted against each other. Unsurprisingly, SCR didn’t hold up well in this competition. Just listening to both groups back-to-back really showcased how much fuller the sound that Filharmonic produces is. Doo-wop is dead children, at least for this season of the Sing-Off.