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'The Sing-Off' season 4 groups revealed: A very careful aca-sessment -- VIDEOS

The little engine that could known as The Sing-Off is back for a fourth season, and after revealing the 10 new groups competing on the show’s official Twitter, my a cappella senses are tingling!

The Sing-Off was never officially canceled, but it was a pleasant surprise when NBC picked it up for a fourth season in March, after going off the air in November 2011. After the huge success of a-cappella-pixie-dream-film Pitch Perfect (for which The Sing-Off producer Deke Sharon arranged the music), and an estimated 40 bajillion YouTube views for season 3 winner Penatonix, bringing back this cult favorite was a no-brainer.

With Mark Burnett Productions now in the driver’s seat, NBC seems to be upping the production value but scaling back from a 16-team season 3 to only 10 teams for season 4, which premieres December 9th. And from the looks of the new teams, the smaller size indicates a focus on quality over quantity. I like the sounds of that! Take a look at the information we were able to gather on the newest teams vying for the The Sing-Off title:

Lorde's 'Royals': Who covered it best?


New Zealand pixie pop savant Lorde shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last week with her ode to normalcy and fantasy, ”Royals.” And with great popularity, comes great YouTube covers.

The song’s admission to the regularity of everyday life, versus the ”luxe” life that so many of our big ”royals” sing about makes it a fun cover for celebrity artists and dreamers alike. Let’s see who’s done it best…so far. READ FULL STORY

Enjoy an a cappella 'N Sync medley, no strings attached -- VIDEO

Are you familiar with futuristic a cappella quintet Pentatonix? If not, you should be — their unique arrangements and sharp vocal percussion can make any song sound aca-awesome. (For real — check out their take on “Carol of the Bells.”) While they’re skilled enough to perform in a multitude of styles, the Sing-Off winners are especially good when tackling beloved boy-band hits from the ’90s and early ’00s, which come with ready-made multipart harmonies.

Want proof? Check out this medley of classic ‘N Sync tunes, including “Pop,” “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” and “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Blond Scott Hoynig is a dead vocal ringer for JC Chasez; brunet Mitch Grassi’s tenor lends itself beautifully to a Justin Timberlake impression. Really, though, the whole thing is good enough to make you forget the original versions of these songs, at least for three minutes.


'The Sing-Off' finale: And the winner is...

Season 3 of NBC’s delightful a cappella competition The Sing-Off crowned a champion tonight. Who was it? Well, if you don’t want to know which group took won the show, DON’T continue reading! READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off': Watch last night's joyous exit performance! The best swan song ever?

If you have to get kicked off a reality show, you may as well leave the program in style. (SPOILERS AHEAD) READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' is adding a new judge. Who should join the panel?

This fall, NBC’s a cappella tournament The Sing-Off will be premiering earlier than usual — and, as the network announced at their upfront presentation today, it’s also being reworked into a full-blown reality series. But those aren’t the only major changes in store for The Sing-Off. Apparently, NBC is also in the process of adding a new judge to a panel that already includes piano virtuoso Ben Folds, Pussycat Doll (and soon-to-be X Factor co-host) Nicole Scherzinger, and boy-turned-man Shawn Stockman.

As a true Sing-Off fan — I’m so fond of the show that I don’t even feel guilty about how much I like it — I’m a little wary of this news. This competition’s judging panel is already unusually strong; though Nicole rarely has anything critical (or constructive to say), Ben and Shawn have both mastered the art of giving incisive critiques without coming across as unlikable. That’s so difficult to do that some singing contests have done away with useful criticism altogether. In order to prevent the level of criticism from slipping, then, NBC is going to have to find a new judge who knows a lot about music, is well-spoken, and isn’t afraid to say something negative. It couldn’t hurt for this judge to be female as well, since that’d split the panel evenly along gender lines. Oh, and since Shawn is all about R&B, Nicole knows pop, and Ben has the indie scene covered, New Judge should probably have a background in another musical genre altogether. Who could possibly fill all of these criteria?

Here’s one suggestion: READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': It's time for a Plan B

Last night’s episode of 30 Rock hit a little too close to home. I, like Liz, am a writer. And last night’s episode just confirmed that I’ll never be able to jet set around the world in economy plus.

You see, while Tracy was still gone saving lives in Africa (AKA hiding out in New York), the network was putting TGS on a forced hiatus. Because you can’t have TGS with Tracy Jordan without Tracy Jordan. It’s an oxymoron, like liberal government, female scientists, and well-paid journalists. READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' winners speak about song selection, producer labels, and their competition

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of The Sing-Off, do not click here! After the jump, an interview with the winners of the a cappella reality series. READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' finale recap: And the winner is...

sing-off-lacheyImage Credit: Trae Patton/NBCAfter three weeks, five episodes, 65 performances, and 957 puns, the joyous celebration of terrific, autotune-free vocals known as The Sing-Off came to a close last night, and a winning group was finally crowned. Who was it? [SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know who won, don’t read on!] READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' recap: 'Why does this have to be a competition?'

sing-offPeople are too hard on Nicole Scherzinger. Sure, she sometimes engages in ill-advised extended metaphors about music videos and candy shops. But other times she perfectly articulates the way I’m feeling, such as in her quote in the headline. Why does this have to be a competition? Of course I understand why a group needs to get eliminated each week — that’s how competition shows work — but when every group is delivering such impressive performances every single week, NBC could just air a season of Sing-Off concert specials and I’d still tune in.

Seriously, everyone was on their game last night. The groups sounded wonderful, the judges continued to give refreshingly non-clichéd criticism, and Nick Lachey seemed like he was finally able to relax and just host. (He only asked the judges, “Anything to add?” ONCE!) Plus, the puns were more creative than ever! All in all, it was a complete pleasure to watch, and it makes me sad that there is just one episode left in the season. Good thing season 3 is looking very likely!

The groups were each asked to perform two songs: First, a superstar medley, then a “Judges’ Request,” a song that the judges felt would make each group shine the best. Well, shine they did! Opting for sincerity over kitsch, the contestants offered up some of their best performances of the whole season, and although two groups were supposed to go home at the end of the night, only one did. Here’s how the mayhem went down: READ FULL STORY

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