returns to NBC this Monday, with lots of exciting changes in tow.
Not only will brand-new judge Sara Bareilles join the illustrious ranks of Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman, but an unprecedented sixteen
groups are competing for the a capella title in season 3 -- including the show's first all-sibling ensemble, an all-female ensemble, multiple groups boasting members from the past two seasons of The Sing-Off
, one group that originally hails from Africa and another whose members are still in high school.
It's a diverse and full crowd that we'll see take the stage when the a cappella-thon premieres at 8pm on Monday, September 19, which should make the music all the more beautiful to our ears. But with 16 groups kicking off the competition, it might be a little hard to keep them all straight at first.
That's why we're more grateful than ever to have Sing-Off
Digital Correspondent (and YouTube singing sensation) Sam Tsui to help us go behind the scenes, scope out the talent and tell us what makes each of these groups stand out from the rest. Below, check out Sam's Sing-Off season 3 preview to get a sneak peek at several of this season's most exciting a capella aficionados -- plus possible premiere song-list leakage!
And beyond that, because I'm just that excited about the season, and about getting you excited too, I've linked to videos of all the groups he discusses singing one of their signature numbers on YouTube. The ones I could find, anyway.
Potential Spoiler Alert!
Did you catch the subtitle under each group's name? Yep, it's a song name. I'm not sure if that means it's the song they'll each be performing in Monday's Sing-Off
premiere, but just in case
, I've transcribed the names of those numbers, and tracked down past performances. If this really is Monday's partial set list, we're in for a rocking good episode.Vocal Point:
They're those "straightlaced" BYU boys. But that doesn't mean they don't know how to "Jump, Jive and Wail."Afro-Blue:
They're the soulful group from Howard University, and here they are performing a jazzy, harmonious rendition of "Whisper Not,"
though the song under their name in this video is "Put Your Records On."
It looks we might get to hear this urban, eclectic studio musician group take on B.O.B.'s famous "Airplanes."
They're the all-female group with members from past Sing-Off
seasons with the slightly inconvenient name, since all I could find on Youtube were a million
a capella covers of "Hey There, Delilah." Their song choice, according to this video? Bruno Mars' "Grenade."
The Yellow Jackets:
They're the University of Rochester boys in the bright yellow blazers, and they're all over YouTube with amazing numbers like this one, "You Can't Hurry Love."The Fannin Family:
They're the all-sibling ensemble, and judging from all their YouTube videos, they love nothing better than dropping an a capella sesh in their living room, like this cover of Matisyahu's "One Day."
Looks like we might hear them sing Selena Gomez's "Who Says."Kinfolk 9:
The pop and R&B rooted L.A. based group is new to the scene, and might grace us with a performance of One Republic's "Secrets,"
if their subtitle is to be believed.The Cat's Pajamas:
They're a five-man "vocal band," and in a way, their name is a synonym for their first song choice, which you can see them perform here: "Some Kind of Wonderful."
Which groups have got you buzzing? Afro-Blue seem like a total class act already. And I'm a sucker for a man with bold style, so I'm loving those Yellow Jackets. (Even though I couldn't quite make out what their song choice might be, and I hate
Take a look at all of this season's Sing-Off
groups, and don't forget to tune in on Monday at 8pm to watch them perform for the judges for the first time. Will they sing the songs hinted at in this video? We'll have to wait and
hear.(Image courtesy of NBC)