5 Reasons to Be Excited for the Return of 'The Sing-Off'
5 Reasons to Be Excited for the Return of 'The Sing-Off'
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The Sing-Off has officially been picked back up by NBC, and I couldn't be more excited! 

The fourth season of the a capella competition show has yet to find a time or premiere date, but a casting website announced the dates of auditions starting in late April in Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York.

Here are 5 reasons to look forward to the show's return.

1. The Best Singers in the Best Singing Competition

Pretty bold statement, but I've seen it all -- and continue to watch the likes of American Idol and X Factor, and they don't hold a torch to The Sing-Off. The other shows do have the production value: big bands, flashing lights and big-name judges. 

The Sing-Off relies on what the show is about: singing. Using voices as their instruments, there's no other background music to water down or even hide their faults. 

Not to take anything away from the show's other singers and winners, but there isn't anything unique about taking a song that's already been recorded and performing it. On The Sing-Off, the groups do take on covers as well, but they arrange their own music, provide background vocals, everything. With just their voices.

2. Endearing Judges Who Make it About the Singers, Not Themselves

Before taking the judge's seat on X Factor -- both the U.S. and UK versions -- Nicole Scherzinger was on The Sing-Off, sitting between Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. She was there for two seasons before Sara Bareilles took over.

The trio couldn't be more perfect. Ben is like the nerdy professor who's not afraid to tell you everything he knows without coming off as pompous. Sara is the nurturing mother-like figure and Shawn is the oddball. They're three people who really know about singing and what makes a capella sound pleasing to the ear. 

3. Nick Lachey's Puns

If you could rate hosts on any type of show in recent years, it's likely that Nick Lachey will be near the very bottom. He's way too stiff and seems uncomfortable on stage -- even when he's performing. And his puns are just absolutely terrible, but just like the show, it grows on you.

4. A Return to the Old Format

In the first two seasons, the show had a "holiday format," and it ran for a week during the holidays. In the third season, it aimed too high and was part of the network's fall programming. 

Why didn't it work? Even though the show is fantastic, even I'll admit it became too much. A capella is different, it's great, but no one listens to it all the time. By keeping it condensed again, it'll keep the competition fresh while only offering top-notch competition.

5. The Winners Have Seen Success

Season 3 winners Pentatonix were incredible on the show with their innovative arrangements and futuristic sounds. Their debut EP, PTX Vol. 1, shot up to No. 14 on the Billboard 200. Their Christmas was No. 1 on the iTunes Holiday Albums chart. You can say it's modest, but it's more success than winners on NBC's other, more popular singing competition. 

Check out one of their many fantastic performances:

Right now we're not sure when The Sing-Off will return. Add the show to your personal Watch List on the free BuddyTV Guide app and we'll send you a reminder when it premieres. 

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