Last night on The Sing-Off, two teams were eliminated leaving the final four competing for a spot in the finale where the winner walks away with a Sony recording contract, $100,000 prize money, and the title. Tonight the groups will perform songs chosen by the judges. Who will shine and who will fizzle? The show opens with the integrated group performance to “Shake It Out” by Florence and the Machine. This is a very well performed opening number and perhaps the best of the season so far. The song assignments are: Ten – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, Vocal Rush – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fallout Boy, Home Free – “Colder Weather” by The Zak Brown Band, and The Filharmonic – “Baby, I Need Your Lovin’” by The Four Tops (WHAT? Are they trying to eliminate this group? I would have like to see them perform a “boy band” song from their idols like “Larger Than Life” by The Backstreet Boys, but it is what it is!)
The first group to hit the stage is The Filharmonic looking to bring swagger to the stage with their assigned Motown hit. The choreography rocked and the harmonies were tight but the rhythm faltered and Jewel stated she missed the climax. They will likely be in the bottom two once more and will need to really throw down to gain a place in the finale. It is Ten who takes the stage next with a highly gospel inspired soulful song by the Queen of Divas. I did not like the performance at all. The arrangement is jagged and the choreography kind of bland in the beginning. I thought the tempo was a little rushed and do not agree with Shawn that DeeDee killed it. I think she was tame when she has the ability to growl and get really down and dirty. Home Free sings a ballad for the first time and the advice from Nick Lachey is to get into the emotion of the song. The simple choreography was perfect for this song and the harmonies are so tight with Rob featured this time around. It is a little pitchy due to stretching their limits and venturing out of their comfort zone. The last group to sing is Vocal Rush who, as expected, bring talent to the stage with abandon and throw themselves into the performance of a lifetime. Pretty cool choreography and arrangement that was fresh and young.
The two groups chosen by the judges to definitely represent a capella in the finale are Vocal Rush and Home Free. The ultimate sing-off between Ten and The Filharmonic is to “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash. It is another amazingly fun and all out vocal duel between these two groups. The final group advancing is Ten which means the dream (for now) ends for The Filharmonic but this group must be given props for how far they made it and the wonderful performances they gave throughout. The finale will air Monday, December 23, 2013.
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