The Sing-Off is On…
Anyone besides me been watching NBC’s latest attempt at mooching off the success of Fox? It’s American Idol meets Glee (their words, not mine), The Sing-Off. The show invites 8 acapella groups to compete for the grand prize of $100,00 and a Sony recording contract.
Now, I can’t lie and tell you the show is completely without entertainment value, especially to a nerd like me who loves acapella singing and barber shop quartets. I’m actually enjoying hearing these groups battle it out with no musical instruments other than their voices. But it can get pretty corny at times. Nick Lachey is the host of the week-long show, and although, for some strange reason, I had high hopes for him going into it, it turns out he’s no Ryan Seacrest.
The groups have been pretty good so far, with Latin-based “Nota” and all-male Boston choir “The Beelzebubs” leading the pack. The routines are highly choreographed, and it sometimes feels a bit more like theater than just straight-up singing, but I don’t mind either.
Now, here’s the best part of the show. There are 3 judges who narrow the competition by 2 groups each night: Boyz 2 Men’s Shawn Stockman, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and…wait for it…Ben Folds. (sigh) Aaaaaaaaaand, I love him. LOVE Ben Folds. Have loved him for oh so long. He’s AMAZING…and totally worth watching the show for. An incredibly talented piano player and singer/song-writer (formerly of Ben Folds 5), and also with the knowledge to actually be a great judge in this competition, Ben Folds is worth the price of admission, even if you don’t dig beboxing and 5-part harmonies.
What does everyone think of the show so far?