Did anybody watch The Sing-Off on NBC last year?
Now I only watch 1 maybe 2 shows in any given week. We'll also watch football. But when we heard about The Sing-Off, we were SO excited. It's not like American Idol that lasts for 17 months of the year. It's short and sweet. (Don't get me wrong...I've watched American Idol before, too. Big fan of Melinda Doolittle and Phil Stacey. There are definitely some talented people out there. But I do think it gets a little too dragged out.)
Back to The Sing-Off. Truly great competition. Talented people working together to make great music with ONLY their voices. All the trumpet blaring, percussion clanging, violin screaming, and guitar distortion is done with voices. It's a sight to behold (um...an earful to behold?). Really--I LOVE music, and I often find that I have to force myself to remember that it is all voice that I hear.
Last year's competition was amazing, though I'll admit I wasn't thrilled by the winner. They weren't bad, there was just a nasal quality to the singing that I didn't enjoy, and I was rooting for another group to win.
One favorite group last year: The Bubs (aka The Beelzebubs)--a school group that has been in existence for decades. (Here's their official site)
Another favorite group: The SoCal VoCals--another school-based group. (And their official site)
Go check out some of their songs. I highly recommend The Bubs' Come Sail Away and The SoCals' Somebody To Love. You can find them on Grooveshark.
I'm hoping this year will draw more viewership though and a wider voting base. If there are any Gilmore Girls fans out there, it looks like The Whiffenpoofs will be in this year's competition.
You can hear this year's groups do some Christmas Songs here.
Since this is bloggy-world, go check out Judge Ben Folds' blog about the process! That will have to fill in since I can't get any pictures off The Sing-Off site to let you have a peek.