From a collective of Nashville vocalists to a group of Liberian gospel singers to a bunch of high schoolers calling themselves "the real life Glee," last night's Sing-Off groups ran the gamut and owned the stage with diverse performances of their signature songs.
In case you missed 'em or just want another listen to those smooth a
cappella sounds, here are my picks for the three best performances of
North Shore, "Runaround Sue"
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These classic street corner doo wop gents were delightful from start to finish, showing that you don't need a bunch of bells and whistles to put on an incredible a cappella performance.Pentatonix, "E.T."
But bells and whistles, in the form of bad ass bass and beats, can be INCREDIBLE when done right, as Pentatonix demonstrated with their completely revamped rendition of Katy Perry's "E.T." And the best performance of the evening goes to...Dartmouth Aires, "Higher Ground"
The Ivy League boys were a cornucopia of cuteness in their orange, brown and green outfits, and their performance of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" was nothing short of awesome. They definitely reached highest ground last night. I think they were the best performance of the evening -- and the very first one at that.
Those are my top 3 performances of the night, but it was a stellar and stacked episode of The Sing-Off
from start to finish. The Deltones' performance of "Feels Like Home"
was a beautiful tear-jerker, while Sonos and The Collective both had alluring leading ladies with gorgeous voices on their versions of "Wicked Game"
and "Rolling in the Deep,"
respectively. Messiah's Men won over the crowd with their inspirational story and rousing rendition of "People Get Ready,"
while high schoolers Soul'd Out sold the crowd on their version of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,"
even if, in the end, the judges weren't sold enough to let them pass to the next round. BONUS: Messiah's Men's Swan Song, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
Two groups had to go before the night was over, and I was distraught when I learned that Messiah's Men, the Liberian gospel group from Minneapolis, was one of them. Here's their swan song, a beautiful rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." These guys had the story, the heart and the chops. I love our Sing-Off
judges, but I think they made the wrong call by sending one of the most interesting groups home so early.
Now that we've seen all 12 of the remaining Sing-Off groups, which are your favorites?
I'm still holding on to my love for Afro-Blue, but those Dartmouth Aires boys are coming up close behind...
Next week, the remaining six groups from last week will perform two songs each: One Top 40 hit, and one 60's classic. Watch preview for next Monday's a cappella-palooza below!
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