After a fun group rendition of Green Day’s “21 Guns,” the six remaining groups (including ACR clients On the Rocks and Jerry Lawson & Talk of The Town) were ready to perform a bevy of guilty pleasure and rock songs – though in the interest of full disclosure, the whole night featured nothing but guilty pleasures from start to finish.
For example, On the Rocks brought a new level of pleasurable guilt to the show with their rock song selection – a no-holds-barred, overtly sexual rendition of “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard – winning the hearts and libidos of the viewing audience with hip grinds, chest grabs, and even a roll around the stage. But they also showed off their vocal chops with their other selection, Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie.” Peter Hollens shone as their front man, and the rest of On the Rocks continued to integrate their now-signature ability to move into even this 1980’s classic.
On the less choreo-centric side of Sing-Off Street, Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town showed their generational differences in their performances and selections of “Easy” by the Commodores and “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones (an especially wise choice, and a great way to marry the song assignment with their own personal style). As usual, these crooners were able to charm the judges (especially Scherzinger, asking the ladies in the audience to join her in a pleased ‘‘mmmm”) and the viewing audience alike with their fun harmonies and Lawson’s dynamic lead vocals.
The other groups also kept us laughing, smiling and head-bopping with their renditions of “Love Shack” by the B-52’s, “Creep” by Radiohead and “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys (the last of which was performed by Committed, who were fortunate to have this in their arsenal after failing to impress with their take on The Police earlier on in the show). There was even a kick line at one point during the show – you can’t get guiltier than that.
At the end of the evening, jazz specialists Groove for Thought were sent home from the competition – even the power of Hall & Oates couldn’t save them in the eyes of the judges. And so five groups remain, with both of our clients still standing. On Wednesday, the judges pick repertoire for the groups, and each will tackle a favorite style in the a cappella world – medleys!