The second episode of “The Sing-Off” was just as engaging, entertaining and energy-packed as the premiere, and even came complete with its own group number (“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon).
Eight groups remained at the start of the show, three of which are ACR clients (On the Rocks, Jerry Lawson and Talk of The Town, and the Whiffenpoofs). Each did their best to bring their own flair to fresh hits such as “Cooler than Me” by Mike Posner and “Breakeven” by The Script. And for the most part, they succeeded, finding ways to infuse their personal styles into pop hits.
It’s an easy feat for some – On the Rocks, already well versed in converting pop tunes into a cappella hits, were able to pull of a stellar, high-octane rendition of T.I./Rihanna’s “Live Your Life,” dominating the stage with their presence (which is downright “infectious,” as Folds called it) and tight vocals.
For others, their natural style and propensity for genres more popular in past times make this a more difficult task. Jerry Lawson and Talk of The Town proved that it can still be done – and done right – if a group is smart about their song selection. Their take on Duffy’s “Mercy” hit all the right notes (and garnered standing ovations from the judges as well, and inspired Scherzinger to call them “food for the soul”). Groove for Thought demonstrated similar smarts in electing to convert Posner’s laid-back dance anthem into a jazz aficionado’s dream.
By the end of the second episode, the Whiffenpoofs – wonderful as their performance of Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” was for the ears and eyes – were sent home, performing Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” as their swan song before stepping off the Sing-Off stage for good. Eleventh Hour was also eliminated.
The Whiffenpoofs are deeply committed to both their tradition and the current tides in modern music, striving constantly in their song selection and arrangements to present a harmonious marriage between the two entities. Their newest album, “The Best Whiffenpoof Ever,” is a 17-song testament to that fact. You can hear the studio rendition of “Haven’t Met You Yet,” as well as “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips, “The Whiffenpoof Song,” and many others. All are available for purchase on iTunes.
Tune in tonight to see On the Rocks, Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town, and the other four remaining contestants performing some of their guilty pleasures!