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The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 3

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. 2. Ten Two distinctly different song styles in this one. I was prepared to just be okay with the first

The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 2

For this episode, I'm going to do the performances by where I ranked them for this episode. 9. Element So, this performance didn't really give me very much to go off of. The group really took the notes about blending to heart but, as a result this really felt more like a choir singing the words to a song than a group doing a rendition of the song. The judges pleaded for some more individuality and they just barely made it out of the bottom two (which I thought they should've been in) so here's hoping they can improve in the weeks to come. 8. Street Corner Renaissnce You've gotta love the older dude's dancing. There's nothing wrong with this performance and if it wasn't being sandwiched between all these other modern and poweful performances it would've probably carried a lot more impact. It's just hard to feel the same when there's no percussion and they choose a slower song. So this is one that you have to appreciate on a more intellectual level than on an emotional one. Fortunately for them, the judges have the ability to appreciate a performance like this. I just wish that they hadn't had to perform something like this setting in the first place. 7. acoUstiKats So, this was the exact opposite of Vocal Rush tempo wise. Where the previous group pushed the original tempo and it worked, this group pushed the tempo and it felt like it never found its groove. However, the group saved its performance with some

The Sing-Off is back! Time for snap judgements

After a year long hiatus, NBC's "other singing show" returned to TV on Monday for it's 4th season. If you don't know, the Sing-Off is an acapella based singing competition that pits 10 selected groups against each other every week eliminating one per week until a winner remains. If you enjoy acapella music (which I do) this is a great show it's also great because it introduces 10 acapella groups to America, and really shows a lot of different sides to the genre. The 3rd season seemed to have the show reach it's peak with Pentatonix who seem to be on an almost unreachable level within their genre with their vocal abilities and modern/futuristic style. Even so, this season introduced 10 more groups who represent the best of the genre. So now, it's time to make snap judgements about all of them ;). I'll discuss each group in the order the performed in the opener: 1. Vocal Rush This championship group of high school students from California is the seasons high school group. Traditionally, the high school students are among the first off of  the show. However, this group should easily break that tradition with their strong performance. Actually, if I hadn't been told they were high school students, I would've assumed this was some kind of college acapella group. Well, at least until they started stepping (that just screamed high school to me). The groups opening performance showcased a strong lead singer and a bit of a surprising female vocal percussionist. They also

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