The Sing-Off 3 – Top 4 – Videos and Recap

Here we go! Live blog of tonight’s The Sing-Off!

Ultimately, based on the entire season, the right group went home tonight.   Afro Blue has been hit or miss all season. They have a hard time out of their comfort zone. And to be perfectly honest, they can be kind of dull.  Ultimately, I think the Dartmouth Aires won the sing off, because they are just way more entertaining.  Let’s face it–this is the Pentatonix party.  Everything around them is just window dressing.

Having said all that, I would have rather Urban Method, who has had the fewest enjoyable performances out of the four groups– been sent home instead of Afro Blue.  They stepped it up tonight, which I’m sure went a long way to keeping them in the game.  They should come in third next week with Pentatonix and Dartmouth Aires taking the 1st and 2nd spots, respectively.

Afro Blue was eliminated

Moving on to the final. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE.  There’s a 10 vote limit.

Pentatonix – 1-877-674-6401 – 1 to 97979
Urban Method 1-877 674-6402 – 2 to 97979
Dartmouth Aires 1-877-674-6403 – 3 to 97979

Also you can vote online at NBC/The Sing Off

You can vote until Sunday November 27th at 9 am EST

The Top 4 open with a group mega mega mega mix! Baba o Riley, Last Friday Night and Bittersweet Symphony. Hm. That was as odd as it sounds. – VIDEO

MASTER MIX

Pentatonix: “Forget You,” Cee-Lo Green vs. “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson – The group is struggling with the arrangement, but of course it’s FABULOUS AS ALWAYS. Wow, those backgrounds are unbelievable. Fast, furious, keeping the beat. Some of the transitions were a little weird, but the songs are put together so cleverly, it doesn’t matter. The choreography was also really adorable. It told a story. Ben: Nice work. Seamless. You made that entertaining. Amazing rhythm section. You always come up with some kind of trick. Sara: Great performance. You guys were telling a story on stage. Shawn: You seamlessly put together those two songs. It was so fluid. He calls the rhythm section “intelligent”. – VIDEO

Urban Method: “Hot in Herre,” Nelly vs. “Fever,” Peggy Lee –  The group manages to use all of their voices to best effect. The blonde alto is perfect singing the Peggy Lee parts, while the Hip-hop sections are seamlessly woven in. For the first time in a while, everything fits together. Their best arrangement and performance since the beginning of the competition. Sara: That was sexy you guys!  You made a very successful master mix of those two songs. Shawn: I loved it! Sexy lead. So much going on in a good way. Best arrangement you guys have done. You pulled it off great. Ben: A really engaging arrangement, dynamically right but it didn’t wear you out. The last transition was really effective. – VIDEO

Afro-Blue: “I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly vs. “Fly,” Nicki Minaj & Rihanna – The song choices are a little predictable, but on the other hand, the group doesn’t do well outside of their comfort zone. This is very safe. It’s not engaging me.  The backgrounds aren’t as tight as they could be.  The female rapper, who ended her rap with a big glory note was the best part, but I wish they could surprise me more.  Shawn: Nice blend of the Afro-blue style, soul, gospel and spirit. I hope you understand how much you’ve grown.  Ben: You blended the two songs together. He thought the backgrounds behind the rapper were too busy. He would have liked them to drop out. Sara: So much heart, humility and courage. I loved the theme that came out of this mix–about empowerment. – VIDEO

Dartmouth Aires: “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga vs. “Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones – The original “Born This Way” soloist was replaced by the safe choice, Michael, at the last minute.  The two songs didn’t gel together initially. It was really hard to tell where the group was going with it.  But, at the end when the performance turned into a battle between good and evil, it came together and became very entertaining. Still, not one of their better performances. I hope they bring it in the second half. I’d really like to see them stick around.  Ben: That’s a lot to take in. The bass was going out of tune a little bit. The Jagger lead, wasn’t over Jagger. A good interpretation. Ben consoles Ethan for loses his part. Sara: There was so much happening. This one fell off a little bit. You chose the perfect leads. So much fun to watch. Shawn: You have a flair for the dramatic. Not my favorite performance…I’m so spoiled. I loved the battle waging between good and evil. – VIDEO

JUDGES’ CHOICE

Pentatonix: “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + the Machine – The judges chose “Dog Days” because it has a lot going on. HOLY MOTHER EFF!  That performance just blew me completely away.  Focused, passionate, beautifully rendered, tight gorgeous backgrounds, incredible leads.  The rhythm section as amazing as always.  I was literally close to tears.  If these guys don’t win the competition, something will be seriously, seriously wrong.  They leave every other group in the dust. Shawn: You guys are ridiculous. That was like audio drama. There was so much that was ear candy. Sara: You are riveting on stage. A god given gift. 3 of them are only 19! WUNDERKINS! Ben: A surprise is a rare gift in a musical arrangement, but you have one or two in every arrangement. – VIDEO

Urban Method: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West -The judges picked something they felt would combine their strengths.  The group is really stepping it up this week. Another good performance.  I generally hate the brunette as a lead singer, but she’s actually got some edge here. They’ve got some really cool things going on arrangement wise too. Shawn: It’s so good now. You’ve become stronger. I loved seeing you guys evolve. You are in it to win it. Ben: Great build up arrangement. You have  a real mature way of holding on to the tension. You guys were really locking, harmonies were shimmering. My favorite performance from you. Sara: You guys have just blossomed. You have so much confidence on stage now. That was awesome. – VIDEO

Afro-Blue: “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke -The judges picked a traditional gospel-like tune for the group. This is right in their wheelhouse, and it’s lovely. The arrangement is a nice blend of gospel with the jazz stylings Afro-Blue is known for.  Very nice.  One of their best performances of the competition.  They tend to over-arrange, but not here. Ben: I’m really happy for you guys. Christie you just killed it. That just really pulled out something from you guys. I’d buy that record. Sara: I got really emotional watching that performance. My eyes were filling with tears. You just returned to where you were supposed to be the whole time. You sounded like one voice behind her [The lead] Phenomenal. Shawn: That was absolutely soul stirring. You all straight took us to church on that one. Honest, melancholy, everything that song originally was. So beautiful. That was the best performance y’all did. – VIDEO

Dartmouth Aires: “Shout,” The Isley Brothers – They wanted to pick a song that would allow them to bring a party to the stage. I had a huge smile on my face throughout that entire performance. These guys are full of so much joy and so much fun. I love their sense of humor. Plus, the lead singer, Michael, is just phenomenal. I would really like them to advance to the final, but overall, they were the weakest tonight. Sara: Michael! You perform like you’ve been doing this for 35 years. It’s ridiculous. I just love you so much. You have so much heart. It’s so much fun. There were some pitch problems. Such a special group. I’m glad you’re here. Shawn: Instant party, just add water. Mike you are a frickin superstar. This song exemplifies what you are.  Ben: I grew up on these kinds of records. Michael you’re a classic singer.  You’re a total star. It’s still causing some pitch trainwrecks. – VIDEO

Hm. I think the Dartmouth Airs are going home.

Results: Urban Method is safe! Pentatonix is safe. Of course. Oh no. The judges can’t decide! Afro Blue and Dartmouth Aires have to sing off!

Afro Blue reprise American Boy – This was easily their best performance of the competition. They are performing it well tonight.

Dartmouth Aires reprise “Somebody to Love” – Good the second time around, but they’re trying a wee bit too hard? Holding notes and singing with uber conviction. It comes off a little desperate. – VIDEO

I still think the Aires are going home.

RESULTS! Sara chooses Dartmouth Aires to advance. Shawn chooses Afro Blue. It’s up to Ben! And he chooses…Dartmouth Aires! YES!!!! I’m so happy to be WRONG!

Afro Blue leaves with their swan song “We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters.  And now, I remember why I often didn’t like them.  Zzz. – VIDEO

  • RemusL

    Wow! I didn’t think Pentatonix could top their previous performances but this ultimate mash-up of Forget You and Since U Been Gone was unreal. Give them the trophy and contract already!

  • jersey

    So voting is tonight? I thought there was one more performance night?

  • jersey

    Afro Blue sounded a little sharp to me.

  • jersey

    Loved the Dartmouth Aires this week!

  • Anonymous

    Goodbye Dartmouth Aires. Not my choice, but clearly it’s the judges. Even though Afro-Blue was too sharp and too busy, they sing praises. Ridiculous.

  • jersey

    Pentatonix better win this thing!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Just give this thing to Pentatonix already.  Damn that was good.

  • Anonymous

    Um. Do we really have to go through a whole other week of this? Can’t we just go ahead and give it to Pentatonix? My gosh.

  • Anonymous

    Oh. My. God. THAT WAS AMAZING.

  • RemusL

    I must not have been listening to the same thing as the judges because Afro-Blue’s mash-up sounded rather messy to me. 

  • Anonymous

    Just WOW on the second performance from Pentatonix-Mitche’s voice is beautiful-I’m ready to VOTE!!!!!

  • RemusL

    Okay, I think Urban Method cemented their final 3 status with those two performances. I’m not a rap fan but that was entertaining.

  • GwendolynD

    Pentatonix was UNREAL!  Mitch Grassi simply does not get enough credit.  His voice is beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh standing ovation. Shame on the judges. Good performance but Afro-Blue shouldn’t even be here. Luckily America won’t let them survive.

  • Anonymous

    Well, if this were Idol, before the show even started I would have called for the Aires to go home since the judges are giving them “Shout”.  Seems to be a bus throwing maneuver.  What, are they playing a drunken frat party?  But I don’t usually think of this show the same way so I hope I’m wrong.

    But I do think they want Afro Blue to make the finals – just like on Idol giving someone a deeply meaningful song like “a change is gonna come” has only one expected outcome  – safe.

    I don’t much care, as I really just want Pentatonix to win.

    ETA: happy to say, my faith in The Sing-off is back!

  • jersey

    The Aires got the shaft with their judges pick. The most pedestrian song choice.

  • GwendolynD

    Afro Blue was good, but that wasn’t even a stretch for them.  That made it kinda boring for me.

  • Anonymous

    It seems like Pentatonix have at least one slot locked up so it’s a fight for the other spots.

    I think very little of Urban Method in terms of vocal ability but at least their mash up was interesting. The Aires were also interesting and well put together but musically they had a few missteps and “Shout” is a gimme for any all male college group.  Afro Blue may have some stronger singers (which is debatable) but they just weren’t very interesting tonight.  I can’t imagine that a full album from AB would have much to offer.  I would say they’re gone. For the most variety in the final, I don’t think you need both Urband Method and Afro Blue. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter because they just need a decent variety to go with Pentatonix to offer an entertaining show.

  • Anonymous

    I still think Afro Blue should go.

  • RemusL

    I’m biased toward the Aires’ style of music over Afro-Blue so I’m pulling for them. I think Sara Bareilles will vote for the Aires, Sean will go for Afro-Blue, so Ben’s the tie-breaker. Not sure how he’ll vote.

  • http://twitter.com/greeneyesspies smarcus

    When are the videos coming up?? I already am dying to see Pentatonix again!

  • Anonymous

    I liked all four groups this week – LOVED Pentatonix – full stop. I can hear them recording something I’d buy.

    I loved AfroBlue’s “A Change is Gonna Come” a song that has been done  by a lot of people and they did it fabulously.

    I always love watching my boys from Dartmouth. They may have pitch issues but I just enjoy them so much. But boo on the judges’ song choice for the Darthmouth Aires. That song is sooo played out. ugh.  That said, they did make it fun and made the most of it. And Michael is a STAR.

    I didn’t love Urban Method’s judges’ choice either but they did it well, and I  really liked their Hot in Here and Fever master mix.

    I like Afro Blue better than Urban Method, and if it comes to the top three I’d go with AB, the Aires and Pentatonix. Alas the Judges disagree with me.

    Aw… it’s a sing off on the sing off.

    And a split decision. Dunh, dunh, dunh…

    Yeah for the Aires! But too bad that Afro Blue didn’t make it because I liked them too.

  • jersey

    OMG I’m shocked they chose the Aires!

  • Anonymous

    The right group is going home.

  • Anonymous

    yea.  Pentatonix and Aires were my favorite 2, in that order, so I’m happy. AB started strong and kind of sputtered toward the middle/end.

  • larc

    I can’t believe it.  Maybe more after I can pick myself up off the floor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7VQKRMURCNK3LTNF5YGK34I7A Dreamer

    Meh. I still think Top 3 should have been Pentatonix, Delilah, and Vocal Point. Oh well… 

  • RemusL

    Michael from the Aires literally carried his group into the final three. What a reprise of Somebody To Love. That note! Wow!

  • Sarah

    Did anyone catch what the phone number for Pentatonix is? I got the text & already sent those votes, but I want to use the 10 call votes too. :)

  • Anonymous

    Nice to have to only vote 10 times-all for Pentatonix for me-happy to see the Dartmouth Aires make it because Michael is a star-however I can’t see them with a recording contract so it’s Pentatonix all the way for me.  I found AfroBlue and Urban Method interchangeable-quite a nice variety in the top three.
    So sad the ratings were so awful-wrong timing for the show-I don’t believe we’ll see it again and that makes me very sad as I love this show.

  • http://twitter.com/greeneyesspies smarcus

    Yep, it’s 1-877-674-6401!

  • Anonymous

    It’s 1-877-674-6401. You can vote on their website, too. :)

  • Anonymous

    Too bad Afro Blue gave their best performance tonight with American Boy even though the writing was on the wall.  But their style of music is a genre that isn’t really thriving in terms of sales compared to the other groups and as performers they weren’t exciting enough to drive ratings for the finale.

    I can’t believe audience voting starts tonight though!  I figured there would be one final performance with voting the winner would be announced. 

  • tripp_ncwy

    Pentatonix so needs to win this thing. Voting online is 10 times per email address.

  • Sarah

    Thanks smarcus & OiWithThePoodles!! My texts & calls for Pentatonix are all in!

    (My parents are visiting for thanksgiving so I may try to sneak their phones and vote on those too, lol.)

  • Anonymous

    Remember you can vote online too!
    http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/vote/

  • Anonymous

    Well, they criticize arrangements a lot, but is it just me, or have the opening-medley arrangements gotten more WTF every week? This one tonight — I just did not get that at *all.*

    I liked the whole top 4 — five and six, too, really. But Pentatonix had better win.

  • Anonymous

    I gave all my 20  votes to Pentatonix but that Michael should get a casting agent and play the lead of Pippin on Broadway.

  • Anonymous

    Finally watched all the performances. Pentatonix’s first number was good, but a little muddled for me. The two songs are hard to mix. It worked in terms of story and skill very well. Dog Days Are Over might be my favorite performance of them ever though. So smart, such neat tricks that were so far outside their earlier dub-step. Just classy.

    Urban Method picked a great time to get it right. Both numbers sounded so much like the originals (or a mix of the originals). They are the best group at recreating almost exact studio standards. I would have like more originality with the Kanye song, but still overall very solid. 

    Dartmouth Aires got by on the strength of their lead. Michael was born to be a performer, and he sells everything (even if he had pitch issues tonight). Plus, they made Shout work. How do you take a song that would normally trip a group up and turn it into that performance? Again, Michael was the star. 

    Afro Blue was my favorite in the beginning, but it all went downhill after American Boy. They just failed to adapt like the other groups. If you get a song like ACIGC, you better make it amazing b/c otherwise it’s not going to hold up to the original. Their just feel flat, even if the vocals were fine. Inspiring songs are supposed to inspire, after all. Cutting American Boy down didn’t work, and they ultimately the other groups outperformed them tonight. 

  • larc

    I liked the whole top 4 — five and six, too, really. But Pentatonix had better win.

    ITA!  I’ve already voted for Pentatonix 60 times.  My ISP will let me have 6 more e-mail accounts, so I will probably set all of them up and vote 60 more times.  :)

  • Anonymous

    What a great show. I think the group that left was really good. They had such an awesome attitude. The remaining 3 are also really really good.

  • Anonymous

    Whew, man, Pentatonix. If they don’t win I’m going to be really sad. Not like my favorites ever win. Maybe I should not have them as my favorites so as not to put my hoodoo on them?

    I <3 this show.

    I probably would've exchanged Urban Method for Afro-Blue BUT will give a nod to Urban Method, who I thought was good tonight. I thought the Aires were getting thrown under the bus with that dreadful song choice but they made the most of it and Michael? He's all kinds of awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I have been rooting for the Aires all season long, but have to admit Pentatonix  are one awesome group.  What a terrific show!  I can’t wait until next week!

  • larc

    I was very surprised tonight to learn that 3 of the Pentatonix, including the lead singer, are only 19.  As inventive as they are now, it boggles the mind to think of things they may come up with when they have more experience.

  • Anonymous

    I think the top 2 next week will be Pentatonix and the Aires, with the Pentatonix winning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/topher.auyeung Christopher Auyeung

    Ugh. So over college acapella.

  • http://www.facebook.com/topher.auyeung Christopher Auyeung

    Let me rephrase. So over all-male, fratboy-style, silly, entertainment-driven and musically average college acapella.

  • Jhoy2theworld

    Everyone vote for Pentatonix!  I called, texted and voted online.  They deserve to win!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvwilbur David Wilbur

    It was nice that Sara mentioned the three being 19 years old, but she didn’t mention that they went to high school together.  I found this video of them singing together at their choir concert.  Just add bass and percussion and you have an amazing group… Pentatonix  http://youtu.be/t2XBMWRK4Mw

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know what Dartmouth Aires singer Ethan did wrong?  I’ve reviewed the video of their first song twice now and I can’t figure out what Ben’s talking about.

  • Anonymous

    and another question:

    When Nick L. is anouncing the results there’s some “expectant” music playing that sounds familiar.  I think it’s the music that played when the the players were voting on “The Weakest Link”–an NBC show of yore.  Am I right?  and are they using that music because they already own it?  (Just saying–new shows deserve new music.)

  • Anonymous

    There are so many videos that link off that one – did you see the one of Scott on Star Search? Aww. What a talented bunch of kids :)

  • Anonymous

    Throughout the season they have talked about how the original 3 of Pentatonix went to high school together. I’d love to know how they met the other 2. I too, love this group (and voted away). I can’t wait to see what their future endeavors bring. I also appreciate the judging here. Sara Barallies is a great judge. I’m impressed they picked a third judge that has a background in acapella. She rounds the panel out beautifully. Looking forward to seeing them all preform next week. Somehow, Nick Lachay continues to look out of his element. Not much of a host. Maybe if they dressed him better…. Dude needs a new day job.

  • Sarah

    There are a couple of articles about Pentatonix out there (only a couple… I wish this show had more viewers so more people would write about it!!). But in this one, Scott talks about how Pentatonix formed (some of which they referenced on the first show, I believe.), and how/why they came to audition for the show.
    http://www.casa.org/content/brief-interview-scott-hoying-pentatonix

  • Anonymous

    Pentatonix has been my favorite for awhile, but all three deserve the crown. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Over the course of the season, Urban Method was the weakest group left to me. But DAMN they stepped it up last night. I was sad to see Afro Blue go just because I think they are very good. I like Dartmouth Aires but honestly, the group is really the lead singer and a bunch of dudes in the background, one with really cool hair. LOL. Still, all the groups are good, so there is nothing to be mad about.

    Pentatonix has to win. No one has been as consistent as them during the season.

  • Anonymous

    If Pentatonix doesn’t win this, no one should be around me when they announced the other two as winners.

  • georgiarealist

     Thanks for the link to the article. It’s hard to believe the 5 of them only got together the day before they auditioned – even though the 3 had sung together in high school, the group as a whole sounds like they’ve worked together for years. What a talented bunch they are! It’s somewhat mind-boggling to think of what they’ll be able to do in the future, but it will sure be fun to watch & listen to.

  • Anonymous

    But the Aires have *Clark*! :)

    I already had thought Pentatonix should win but then they capped their season with that “Dog Days” performance and… just wow. Had to watch it again this morning, it’s just so good!

  • Anonymous

    In their first interview segment they discussed how they found the other two. One I believe, they contacted after seein a youtube performance of his. I am not sure I remember how they met the other guy.

  • flicker

    “Dog Days” by Pentatonix is currently at #77 on itunes top 100.

  • Sarah

    I love Clark!!! :) The Aires have actually also been one of my other favorites this season. I was so happy when they made it into the final 3.

    I still think Urban Method should have been eliminated after that terrible Rihanna medley, but there’s no denying that they have stepped it up with their last several performances.

    All 3 groups definitely have performances under their belt that would merit a win. I just happen to believe that Pentatonix has MORE of those performances. :) I like the other two groups, but will be super disappointed if they don’t win.

  • Mike M

    I really hope this show gets renewed in spite of spotty ratings. I enjoy it more than any other singing competition because I just listen and enjoy and don’t get too caught up in who might win. I just love the singing, and the judges are by far the best of any competition on TV.
     

    I was a bit disappointed that they indulged in the phony drama of having the judges not able to make up their minds last night. (the judges are unable to make up their minds, but luckily we still have 16 minutes left so the final two can have a final sing off). It would have been better to just be honest and say for this final, crucial decision, we’re going to have both acts sing one more time. This show is too good for the usual gimmickry.
     

    I don’t think there is any doubt that the overall quality of the groups was the best ever this year. I do hope Pentatonix wins.

  • Sarah

    Here’s the other “interview” type article I read about Pentatonix, if anyone’s interested. Some of you may have already read this. :)

    http://www.dfw.com/2011/11/07/535039/as-part-of-pentatonix-arlington.html

  • jersey

    Already sent in all my text votes for Pentatonix! Off to vote online now. Thanks to whoever it was above that mentioned you can vote online! I didnt realize that last night!

  • Landmd

    Forget You/Since U been gone is #140. Pentatonix is the only group charting from the Sing off.

  • flicker

    I just checked the top 1000 itunes chart at this link:

    http://ax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wpa/MRSS/topsongs/sf=-09903441/limit=0/rss.xml

    Here are the other Sing-Off numbers:

    71. Dog Days are Over – Pentatonix
    130.  Forget You/Since you Been Gone – Pentatonix
    205.  Lets Get it On – Pentatonix
    261.  A Change is Gonna Come – Afro Blue
    323.  Video Killed the Radio Star – Pentatonix
    426.  Queen Medley – Darmouth Aires
    461.  Love Lockdown – Pentatonix
    491.  Stuck Like Glue – Pentatonix
    596.  OMG – Pentatonix
    769.  I Believe I Can Fly/Fly – Afro Blue
    770.  Shout – Dartmouth Aires
    793.  Oops I Did It Again/Toxic/Hold it Against Me – Pentatonix
    794.  ET – Pentatonix
    798.  American Boy – Pentatonix
    884.  Your Love is My Drug – Pentatonix
    992.  Sympathy for the Devil/Born this Way – Dartmouth Aires

    Nothing by Urban Method. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    I really don’t understand the distain for Afro-blue on this blog. Twitter was losing it when they left. I guess jazz really isn’t anybody’s cup of tea. I really don’t understand what the hell Urban Method is doing here. The fact that they were the first through is a joke. Kinda disappointed that a show that primarily focuses on acappela singing at its finest takes out the group that could pull that off the most, even if they were not as interesting. But as much as I love unique, I care if you can put on some good singing first, which is what did Afro-Blue every week. Whatever, Michael from Dartmouth is all that matters to me. Penatonix is pretty damn wicked…but I’m not as hyper about them as others. Scott Hoying is great, though, and the fact that he does not get as much accolades as the judges give the to the back-up singers bothers me. Don’t really know who should win now.

  • MissMyEm

    Pentatonix is awesome.   I hope they win.   This year I’d like to see a winner from the group I like.   Last year I liked Jeremy Lister’s group, Street Corner Symphony over the group that won.   Same with the first year.    So I’m hoping Pentatonix wins.

    As for Dartmouth Aires.   Michael is amazing.   In a perfect world…I’d love it for Pentatonix to win, but to have someone come along and put Michael and Moi from….oh what was his group’s name….oh well…to come together in one duo.   Both Moi and Michael are amazing.   They both deserve contracts.

    But…as a group…Pentatonix…just blows me away.   They were not my early favorites, but they’ve gotten so good.    My votes went to them.    I know I voted more times than 10 on my phones, but I don’t know if the votes go through after 10, even though you hear Nick Lachey’s voice saying “Thanks for voting for Pentatonix”.

  • GwendolynD

    Pentatonix are friends with Todrick Hall:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VvluGQPqkw

  • Sarah

    I have recently had the same thoughts regarding Scott, but I’ve gone back to watch their earlier performances on YouTube today, and the judges, especially Shawn, gave him major props early on. The thing that’s always impressed me most about them, aside from their rhythm section, was how strong all 3 leads are, but especially Scott. So it has bothered me that it didn’t seem like the judges gave him much love, but it seems like my memory was just short. :)

    I don’t dislike AfroBlue. In fact, I liked several of their performances although they were not my favorite. They just haven’t been consistent, IMO. This is NOT to say that Urban Method deserves to be there instead of them.

    The thing that stuck out to me most about watching the early PTX performances today is how much even they have grown over the course of the competition. Go watch their earlier performances & you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s like they needed just a little time to gel as a group, and once they did – watch out!

  • RemusL

    Sarah, thank you for the interview links. Loved reading more about them!

    GwendolynD, thanks for the Todrick Hall YouTube link. That was an inspired performance in the Starbucks. I think I have a newfound respect for Todrick. I believe Scott also covered a song of Todrick’s, “It Gets Better”: http://youtu.be/XNf_mT3BBY0

  • http://www.facebook.com/topher.auyeung Christopher Auyeung

    Totally agree. Not sure what’s up with the disdain here for AB is either – honestly, the reason that they were so up and down this whole competition is in no small part due to incredibly inconsistent and confusing critique from the judges. I don’t blame them – it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how to focus a jazz group so that they’re marketable in the mainstream, I just don’t think the judges did them any favors by asking them to lose their jazziness, and then regain their jazziness, and then lose it again. The reason they were so good in the beginning was because they just did THEM, without any outside voices telling them what they should or shouldn’t do. They’re an amazing group, with musicality for days. Probably the most technically proficient group on the show, in terms of how much they know about music and music theory.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I voted evenly for Petantonix and the Aires. I think Petantonix should win this and they have a lot of love here – deservedly, but I had to show some love for the boys from Dartmouth for entertaining me all season.

    I hope Michael finds his way to Broadway because he’s a natural for musical theater.

  • hcpoirot

    Pentatonix all the way. the 5 of them had the equal parts creating the amazing performances time after time. They even cleverly showcase Mitch vocal tonight.

    Urban Method not that consistent but they sing real good tonight.

    Darmouth Aires just too heavily depend on Michael more and more.

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling the Aires might win. They have an extensive network of loyal alumni. That being said, my personal favorite is definitely pentatonix