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The Sing Off is Kind of Really Amazingly Awesome

December 24, 2013

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I love singing.  I love The Voice.  And a couple years ago, I discovered The Sing Off: an a capella competition show. The most exciting part? No audience voting. That’s right. One of the things I hate about most competition shows that are talent based (The Voice being the exception that proves the rule) is that the general audience is not always the best arbiter as talent.  After all, how many times have we seen the top three contestants on American Idol pale in comparison to those voted off before them?  Or runners up become far more successful than the winners?

But more than excellent judges making all the decisions about who stays and who goes, I love the fact that their decisions all make sense.  Not once this season thus far have I disagreed with their decision on who was at risk of going home, or who actually went home.  This season, Ben Folds, Jewel, and Shawn Stockman have nailed it every step of the way.  And here are the three finalists and why they deserve to win.

Ten

This group of 10 backup singers had never performed together before joining forces to take the stage for The Sing Off.  And performance by performance they have grown stronger and stronger, figuring out their sound as a group and what works for them. They all blend so well together, that one would think they’d been singing together for years.

Vocal Rush

These kids are literally kids. They are in high school. While they have a tendency to rush with excitement, they have such a professional sound, it is really inspiring and makes me wonder what the hell I was doing with my life when I was in high school. They have grown so much over the course of the show, and it would be really great to see them win it all.

Home Free

This group has not really changed much over the course of the show, but that’s because they haven’t needed to. They came in solid, and have remained so. They have never been at risk for the entire competition. With a bass (Tim Foust) than can go lower than I’ve ever heard anyone go ever, and a lead singer (Austin Brown) with an angelic tenor (and pretty easy on the eyes too!), these guys could really go all the way.

The finale of the show last night did not disappoint.  From a performance by Season 3 winners, Pentatonix, to a performance by all four members of 98 Degrees, to the judges performing with each of the groups, not to mention the amazing performances by each of the contestants, the finale pulled no stops and not a moment was worth skipping over.

But of course, one group has to win, and I don’t think it’s any surprise that the group with the most consistency is the winner: Home Free.  Congrats to them: I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

And Nick Lachey? Love the puns, dude.

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