The Sing-Off (2.01) – Recap

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

The second season of the Sing-Off started with a bang – an explosion of energy, raw vocal talent, clean choreography and bright colors that hooked in a nation of viewers from note one.

Each of the ten groups – Eleventh Hour, Street Corner Symphony, Committed, the Backbeats, On the Rocks, Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town, Pitch Slapped, Groove for Thought, the Whiffenpoofs, and Men of Note – were offered their moment to shine in the big group opener, “I’ve Got the Music in Me,” as well as during their debut numbers. And shine they did.

All of the competitors brought their own flavor, their own history, to their music. For example, Eleventh Hour is the real-life New Directions, a group based in a mid-western high school that brings jocks, honor roll students, and artists together for the sake of making music. Committed, so named because of their deep devotion to their faith, family and community, infused their gospel background into top-40 chart-toppers. And Groove for Thought stayed true to their jazz roots.

The four groups represented by A Cappella Records – On the Rocks, Jerry Lawson and Talk of The Town, Pitch Slapped and the Whiffenpoofs – impressed the judging panel (consisting of Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Nicole Scherzinger, all of whom returned from last season, along with host Nick Lachey).

Stockman commended On the Rocks for taking the gender bender risk with their Lady Gaga selection and not only pulling it off, but offering something “interesting and fun and fresh” in the process. Scherzinger asserted that the natural sex appeal and no-holds-barred performance style of Pitch Slapped would have a cappella fans across the country scrambling to form their own groups. Folds was impressed by the arranging style of the Whiffenpoofs, which payed homage to their choral, traditional roots while staying true to the fun, modern feel of Mika’s “Grace Kelly.”

And all three were blown away by Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town. As Scherzinger put it, “You can’t buy class like that.”

In the end, Men of Note and Pitch Slapped wound up getting sent home first by the judges. But they left with their heads held high, after offering a very large viewing audience (in the studio and beyond) some excellent a cappella – not only during their initial performances, but with their swan songs as well. Pitch Slapped was especially tongue-in-cheek, yet good-natured, about their departure, sinking their teeth into a fun rendition of “Kiss Him Goodbye.”

If you feel that Pitch Slapped went home too soon, we have a way for you to hear more of what they do – their  first single, “Disturbia” by Rihanna, is available for download, and it’s just as fun, tight and energetic as their live performance. You don’t want to miss out on having it in your a cappella music library.

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