The Sing-Off 4 - Top 9 - Party Anthems! - Recap, Results, Videos

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The Top 9 groups on the sing off perform Party Anthems. The bottom 2 sing in the Ultimate Sing Off and then one goes home. We’re live blogging it all here. Join us!

The show begins with a sassy group number. It’s a medley of a bunch of fun party songs from Ke$sha. The judges are wearing bright, neon glasses. The country group is having zero problems singing dancy music. I sense a group that will go far.

Nick reminds us once again NO INSTRUMENTS. Did you hear that? Ben is totally ready to get his party on. A little chat about why the Princeton Footnotes were eliminated. They thought Voiceplay finally revealed who they were. They needed to stay.

Vocal Rush – “Gonna Make You Sweat” by CNC Music Factory – High school group from Oakland, CA. Fresh faced kids dance with heart and personality. Hello Glee! Jewel congratulates the female lead singer for starting off the song alone. She loved the breakdown especially. Shawn admires their poise. He congratulates the female rythym singer. The tempo wasn’t consistent, but really good. Ben says they have to tighten up. They were missing their backbeat. But so much heart and personality. A great sound for only having two guys.

Home Free – “Live is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts – Country vocal group. They promise to kick it up a notch with…dance moves! The Calle Sol girls gave them some dance tips. “My hips lie. They don’t tell the truth,” said one band member. The dancing wasn’t all that. But so what. These guys are vocal wonders. The lead singer has the voice of an angel, what a beautiful tone! The bass player is deep and true. Tight harmonies and well arranged. These guys are the real deal. Shawn thinks they had…a couple of moves. It’s good they stay with what they know. The lead singer is a star. The band has great components, says Shawn. Ben compliments the drummer for holding the groove down. Jewel loves the boys. She admires the way they sell country without instruments. No banjo window dressing, here.

Voiceplay – “Play The Funky Music” by Wild Cherry – They escaped the bottom 2 last night. What a great arrangement. There’s a heck of a lot going on in this song, but it all works. They add some modern touches like a rap break that modernizes the song, but still keeps the retro funk elements. “That’s how you come back and take care of business,” says Shawn. Smooth and seamless, he says. The variations and inventions in the song really worked this time, says Ben.  Great modulation. Bassline was tight. Jewel says bringing out the personality made the difference.

Street Corner Renaissance – “Do You Love Me” by the Contours – Elderly do-wop group scoffs at the younguns who think they are party animals! They don’t know party. One of the dudes learned some of that new-fangled beatboxing. That was fun. A little sloppy, but fun. They’ve got a bass, but no rhythm section. Will that trip them up later on? Still, these guys are a blast. And they are quite the fancy dancers. “You guys show us younger dudes that the music industry isn’t just a young man’s sport,” says Shawn. Ben thought it was fantastic, and that it’s not necessary to have a drummer. Jewel says they prove that less is more.

Element – “Raise Your Glass” by Pink – All girl group. They haven’t been together long. Hm. There wasn’t a lot going on in this performance. I found myself drifting off in the middle. The arrangement could have been snappier. Jewel thinks they did a great job. Ben loved the bass line. The party started at the bridge, when the singers split off. They shouldn’t save their best stuff for the middle. Their blend is getting better. Shawn liked the two singers singing together, but there  should have been solos. He wanted more.

AcoUstiKats – “Hey Ya” by Outkast – College a cappella group. They have much confidence in their ability to party. One of the boys’ moms is the all-around group mom and choreographer. I thought this group was kind of a hot mess last night. This performance was better, and a lot of fun. At one point they end up out in the audience passing out Polaroids. Cheeky. Ben says they’re a lot of fun. They held the tempo. He advises they savor the groove. Shawn likes the pink shoes and is also wearing polka dot socks. He was worried the performance would be cheesy. Maybe split up the vocal parts between singers. Nick calls mom “acousticouger.” Hm. Jewel thought the groove was a little funky, but great dynamics.

Calle Sol – Livin La Vida Loca – Hispanic group from Puerto Rico. In order to fill up the sound, one of the girls is going to beat box. Why have they slowed this song up to a dirge? This performance is really boring. It’s becoming clear that this group has problems they aren’t going to easily solve. Shawn says arrangement is everything. Sometimes the dancing is a hinderance. Didn’t like that the song started out as a ballad. Jewel thinks the mid-range is lacking. Their solution didn’t cut it for her. The tempo changes didn’t work. Aw. The girls look like they’re going to cry. Ben says the party has to be supported by music. Tighten up the music.

Ten – “Hot in Herre” by Nelly – This group has really distinctive lead voices. They’re all back up singers. But the harmonies need some work. I’m not crazy about this arrangement. The bridge is pretty good, though. Nice breakdown. Nick asks Ben if he’s ready to take his clothes off. Ben says not until it’s 98 degrees. Yuk yuk. Ben LOVED the lead vocals. The band is 7 up from 5. But the solos are so good, they almost don’t need a band. Jewel loved the reggae breakdown. Shawn says they were cohesive. The judges are hard on them, because they know they are capable of more. He’s waiting for them to take him to church.

The Filharmonic by Montel Jordan – This is How We Do It – Young group of Filipino Americans. They’re going for a sexy vibe here. Well. One of the members lost his young sister to an allergic reaction. Sad. These guys have the 90s vibe down pat. Great choreography. The arrangements are intricate and fun. Plus, these boys are cute! The boy band elements could draw a young fan base. Jewel loved it. They stepped it up this week. Shawn says they started it from the gate. He warns them to stay on key. But, an exciting performance. Ben says they have a good sound. A slick mid-range. It sounded like a record. They tell Nico his sister would be proud.

Now, it’s time for The Ultimate Singoff! Who will be in the bottom 2? Vocal Rush, Calle Sol, AkUsticats and Element are in the bottom 4. Either Vocal Rush or Calle Sol will move on. Vocal Rush is safe. Calle Sol will sing again in a show down. Either AkoUsticats or Element will move on. Element will move on.

AcoUstiKats and Calle Sol will face off against each other in The Ultimate Sing Off.

The two battle with “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Both groups have their weaknesses. Calle Sol’s lead singing is better. Way better. But their harmonies are weak. AcoUstikats aren’t perfect, they’re sloppy, but a lot more fun to watch. I’d give it to the AcoUstiKats. Ben thought the AcoUstikats delivered some emotion, but it dragged them down. Calle Sol still had problems. The judges save AcoustiKats.

Calle Sol Are Eliminated

Tomorrow, the Top 8 tackle #1 hits.

 
  • lola

    Great opening. So energetic!

  • Bentley1530

    Hello Sing-Off peeps, looking forward to a fun night.

  • Amy Beth

    Wonder how they’ll do it with an odd number of groups?

  • Miss Blue

    Another great group number. This show really needs to sell these numbers.

  • lola

    ew they are not in sync with the moves. I think they have to do everything…sing and choreo.

  • Miss Blue

    Vocal Rush – I don’t know about this. They seemed to lose energy only half way through and the female lead singer was really getting out of breath.

  • lola

    These country guys are cute and honest

  • Amy Beth

    Same song as the country group on that other show–no comparison!

  • Bentley1530

    Life is a Highway, is not my jam but OK.

  • lola

    haha I saw that too!

  • jersey

    My one and only complaint about this show is that there are commercials after every performance! Can’t someone just sponsor the damn thing so we can watch it commercial free? I guess that’s what dvrs are for :-/

  • H.A.

    Is it me or that girl can’t sing.

  • Bentley1530

    I enjoyed her and the performance

  • H.A.

    I thought the guys were way better. I’ll have to watch it again.

  • Bentley1530

    Yeah 1 song, 4 or 5 commercials

  • lola

    lol, it isn’t you!

  • lola

    aw oh, these guys are toast.

  • H.A.

    These are the type of guys you see at the subways and making money in their coin hats.

  • teekee

    She sounded better last week.

  • Bentley1530

    Loved the dance moves but the singing was weak and the vibe so old fashion this time.

  • Bentley1530

    I hate “Raise Your Glass”

  • vd88

    I’m not sure Party Anthems was a good theme, the other night I was really impressed but tonight I’m kind of like okay.

  • H.A.

    I got dizzy watching them. Too many people in the group.

  • vd88

    That’s the problem with some of these groups it’s just too many ppl to focus on.

  • mshepnj

    Sigh. I would love to see a girl group make it to the finale and I like Raise Your Glass, but I did not like this performance… maybe I’m spoiled by the likes of Pentatonix and Street Corner Symphony, but it didn’t sound seamless. It sounded like Element was thinking too hard, if that makes any sense.

  • usedtobelucy

    I love constructive criticism. Hardly ever see it on most of the singing shows.

    Don’t really love Raise Your Glass. I feel as if they didn’t quite catch the spirit of it — still not enough dynamics from them ….

    These songs tonight are a really tough gig. Hard to translate into fascinating vocal group performances, I think.

  • lola

    me too.

  • pj

    So far my favorite is Home Free and I usually don’t go for the country acts.
    Hella fun show. How am I just now discovering it?

  • lola

    Don’t care for the lead singer’s voice so much.

  • H.A.

    Everybody is kind of messy tonight.

  • jersey

    Oh my gosh, it is my favorite singing show! Go back and watch some of pentatonix’s performances from last year and Street Corner Symphony from a previous season, awesome!

  • pj

    I think I knew people liked it but there are only so many singing shows one has time for. I will check out those groups. Thanks, Jersey!

  • teekee

    Agree. Nobody is as good as last wk.,yet.

  • Bentley1530

    My guess is the first day most of them were performing what they consider to be one of their best songs. This time they had to have a song to fit the theme and then also bring the party to the performance.

  • teekee

    Makes sense.

  • lola

    wrong thread!

  • mshepnj

    Is there something wrong with the sound mix tonight? everything sounds hollow compared to last week.

  • Amy Beth

    It was off the air for awhile.

  • vd88

    You got mixed up, you were supposed to put that in X Factor. lol

  • mshepnj

    I completely agree with Jewel’s assessment of Calle Sol. There was something missing.

  • Bentley1530

    There’s no crying in the Sing-Off….

  • H.A.

    I didn’t like them last time but tonight this group is doing good.

  • vd88

    Definitely the best tonight!!!

  • jersey

    I’m not in love with this theme. I don’t think it lends itself well to acapella.

  • Bentley1530

    yeah solid night from 10.

  • pj

    Problem is so many singing shows and so little time. I think this is really fun.

  • mshepnj

    I liked Ten way better tonight than Monday. They were much tighter… more cohesive (says Shawn) than the other night. I liked it.

  • teekee

    Enjoyed 10!

  • H.A.

    Shawn is right. Great potential there because they all can sing. So far my favorite tonight and country dudes 2nd.

  • knave

    Ten did a great job of having the spotlight on different singers at different parts of the song – they didn’t try to give everyone a moment, just enough to give different flavours and a more personal touch. The larger groups sometimes can get kinda muddled, but they avoided it nicely here.

  • vd88

    The big guy is the best one.

  • H.A.

    Filharmonic was fun. The guy who sang the second verse can sing.

  • knave

    I really like Filharmonic. There were a couple spots that went off pitch, and the transitions weren’t seamless, but there’s a vibrancy about the group I enjoy. And I really enjoy Joe’s voice, glad he got to take the lead this time.

  • jersey

    My favorites tonight were Home Free, Ten and Filharmonic. Vocal Rush was also good.

  • Sassycatz

    I’m liking the last two groups.

  • knave

    That’s basically where I’m at, too.

  • Amy Beth

    My favorite was the opening number. It felt like a party!

  • teekee

    Ten, Filharmonic, Free, Voiceplay, for me.

  • Kesia Monteith

    I guess am the only one that enjoyed VoicePlay the most….

  • mshepnj

    I agree. This episode isn’t impressing me as much as usual. I thought it was a problem with the sound mix but maybe its just the “party” song mix.

  • CB40

    Calle Sol and Element do nothing for me

    LOVE Street Corner Renaissance and like Vocal Rush and Ten and Voiceplay

  • H.A.

    I was sure Element was in the bottom. Mess.

  • jersey

    Of these two groups, I have to believe that the acoustokats are going to go through.

  • lola

    oops

  • H.A.

    OMG! This is a hot mess.

  • mshepnj

    I’d send both groups home. I thought that was a near train wreck.

  • Bentley1530

    SCR is the one that needs to go for me.

  • Sassycatz

    Yes! Now I know the judges are making the choices because a producer would pick the sexy dancing girls even though this is about singing.

  • lola

    I don’t like this part of the show. Who’s idea was this?

  • Oldhag

    Yay!!! Love the AcoUstaKats

  • vd88

    Yeah I liked it better when they had to bottom 2 do two different songs.

  • Sassycatz

    Mark Burnett. He’s bringing a bit of The Voice to the show because the show is not good enough for him as it was.

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Afro-Blue, too – if you like jazz :). They were my favorites besides Pentatonix last season!

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Nothing would make me happier than to see the Sing Off beat X-Factor in ratings tonight. Are they head to head?

  • Tina

    Caught Ten’s performance and enjoyed it. Their lead vocals were awesome. Loved when Ben said “not until its 98 degrees”. Very funny.

  • TravelinThru

    Great show tonight. Vocal Rush, SCR, Home Free and Filharmonic are the stand outs for me. I hope they’d be the final four.

  • pj

    I do like jazz. Thanks!

  • Alectric

    VoicePlay is my favorite at this point. Their lead singer has loads of charisma.

  • MrONegative

    Vocal Rush and VoicePlay were the best tonight, imo. Then Filharmonic. Decent night of music, and still…the best judge panel in singing comps.

    My only knock on the competition so far…no one is on that… Committed/Street Corner Symphony/Jerry Lawson/Pentatonix/Dartmouth Aires/Afro-Blue level.

    There are a couple close to the Vocal Point/Urban Method/Backbeats level, but that’s it.

    I’m loving VoicePlay, though. Their lead singer has this Macy Gray/Amy Winehouse quality to her voice, and their personalities are just upfront and honest.

  • Kariann Hart

    Still enjoy the judges who can communicate both the negative and positive. Great show with entertaining groups!

  • Niels Bohr

    I have a feeling Home Free might win it this year. Two solid performances from them so far. They’re like what Restless Road should be but will never be. The lead guy has charisma and great. I disagree with Acoustikats in the bottom. I thought they were good. Street Corner should have been in the bottom but I ultimately agreed with Calle Sol leaving.

  • usedtobelucy

    No, you’re not. I enjoyed them the most too. I like them a lot.

  • mshepnj

    I missed Vocal Point and Home Free because of cable problems last night. Always great to see the videos here, so thank you again, MJ.

    I think Home Free has the makings of a winner this year. They are of course great vocalists but also I think they are the most cohesive group so far. I also really enjoyed Ten (10?) and VoicePlay, and I think Filharmonic and the AcoUstiKats were kind of adorable and fun.