The Sing-Off – Episode 2 – Videos and Live Blog

Eleventh Hour is eliminated.
The Whiffenpoofs are eliminated.

You know what I don’t dig? The two brackets deal. I would have totally traded in On The Rocks and their cheesy rapping for Yale’s the Whiffenpoofs. I liked those geeky (almost) white boys. Their sing out was awesome. The Michael Buble song was a bit predictable. They needed to dazzle with something crazy, like a Rihanna or Pink song-or something like that. I would have kept the ‘Poofs over the backbeats. Totally overrated if you ask me.

The “guilty pleasure” preview for next week was what I expected. Some of the groups get the concept (Backstreet Boys YES. Styx YES) and some don’t (Lionel Richie? Not really. Probably a song that Lawson and his group have been singing a long time.)

My personal favorites this week? Street Corner Symphony and Groove for Thought. How about you?

Videos and Live Blog after the JUMP…

Live blogging The Sing-Off tonight! 8 groups compete. Stay tuned.

Group Performance! “Use Somebody” by the Kings of Leon – Wow, this is pretty epic! – VIDEO

Like Monday, the eight remaining groups are divided into two brackets. Two groups will be eliminated tonight. The groups will sing “big hits” tonight.

On The Rocks – “Live Your Life” – T.I and Rihanna – They sang Lady Gaga last week. A rap song a’capella? This is a cacophony of sounds–almost too busy. But it’s good. I’m liking the breakdown. Ben says, “It’s infectious, you’re just busting out. You’re nailing the harmonies. I love rap, but your strength is in your singing and your energy. Right now, it’s 90% entertainment, I’m looking for the art part to happen.” Nicole says, “You had your own swagger. You guys did your thing on this. I liked the different vocal effects.” Shawn says, “The energy was great. Some of the harmonies flanged a little bit, but it was still a lot of fun.” – VIDEO

Street Corner Symphony – “Hey Soul Sister” by Train – Noooooo nooooo. HATE HATE HATE. Even my TV boyfriend, Darren Criss couldn’t save this song for me. Having said all that, these guys are definitely contenders. Their harmonies are sweet and tight and the lead singer is awesome. Very cool breakdown. Good stuff. Shawn says, “I thought it was a lot of fun. Jeremy I love your voice. It has a purity to it. John, loved your bridge. You came in and nailed it.” Ben says, “The blend was beautiful. The arrangement was fantastic. Jeremy, you’re a rockstar. I’m looking forward to you singing in your lower register.” Nicole says, “There’s something so warm and cozy about you guys. You’re perfect together. You guys a great example of why this show is so awesome. You can’t deny real talent and real voices.” (Unlike you, Nicole. Funny to hear a Pussycat Doll talk about “real voices.” – VIDEO

Eleventh Hour – “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars – High school kiddies! Hm. Hm. Not very impressed with the female lead singer. Even Corey Monteith is better! I’m hearing a little pitchiness in the harmonies. Liking the percussion, though. Nicole says, “They passed the test. Good job. I love this song. Kendall you did a lovely job with the lead vocals. I see how much it means to you. I see the passion. I would have loved to have blended a little bit better together.” Shawn says, “It does have a purity and a sweetness to it, it’s sincere because of that. It was very intricate. It was somewhat of a struggle in between, but I was very impressed.” Ben says, “it was a very clever arrangement. Sometimes it fell apart at the semes, but it was very intricate. The percussion thingy was really good. The last chord wasn’t totally in tune.”- VIDEO

Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town – “Mercy” by Duffy – So, Lawson was in one of the biggest a’capella groups in the world, The Persuasions. Doesn’t that make him a ringer? Just askin’. And they sing like ringers too. This is pretty fabulous. Transported to the do-wop era, but without the creakiness of a PBS special (some of those old groups just look sad.). Ben says, “Mr. Lawson. You’re cool. The falsetto sounded wonderful. The blend is awesome, you all sound like lead singers. You’ve got a strategy issue coming up. Are we going to kick the kids asses at what they do? Go with your heart, do what you feel.” Nicole says, “I just want to thank you all for coming out here and show us how it’s done. Y’all are just so yummy. You’re food for the soul.” Shawn says, “Another classic performance. Off the hook. The whole feel. The way you guys delivered the song was flirty and fun. I loved it. Solid performance.” Ben brought up a good point. These guys can sing rings around the younger kids. Should they stretch themselves beyond their retro style? I think Ben would like to see that, but didn’t want to come right and say it. Personally, I would like to see it too. – VIDEO

My vote goes to ditching the high-schoolers, Eleventh Hour. We’ll see!

Elimination! Talk of the Town is SAFE. Street Corner Symphony is SAFE. On the Rocks is SAFE.

Eleventh Hour has been eliminated. Their swan song is “Leaving” by Jesse McCartney. – VIDEO

Last year’s winners, Nota, come back to perform. Since they won the show, they’ve traveled, performed and recorded an album. They sing The Black Eyed Peas “I Got a Feeling”. So, yeah, this is pretty joyful. – VIDEO

I’ve got an awesome idea! Last year’s runner ups, The Beelzebubs, should be invited back to sing their hit song, “Teenage Dream”. In case you don’t know, they arranged and sang backgrounds on the Glee version!

The Backbeats – “Breakeven” by The Script – The big star of this group is the female lead singer. She’s very Beyonce-like. Kind of out of place in this group. The backups are decent, but I think I liked them better last week. Although, the last chorus gelled together well. Shawn says, “It’s nice to hear other voices in the group. You did your thing. You have a lock on melancholy type harmonies. When you sing Joanna, I believe it. Ben says, “You put together a great group, and that wasn’t a mistake. At times, it felt like it might fall to pieces, but you didn’t. Percussion was great.” Nicole says, “Courtney, you are one righteous babe. The only female percussionist in this competition. You guys are amazing.” – VIDEO

Committed – “Apologize” by One Republic – The gospel group. Lead singer is having problems with that deadly high falsetto (who doesn’t?) but I love the arrangement. The background vocals are smooth as silk. Shawn looks like he’s going to cry. Ben says, “I don’t know what to say. There are so many great things going on in that.” Speechless! “First and second violins were beautiful. Inventive arrangement–just amazing.” Shawn says, “When I hear you guys, you take me back to high school…the blends and the harmonies…that’s what it’s about man. We’re very passionate about music. You guys give a feeling.” Nicole says, “I had a musical climax during that. You moved me, and you moved everyone else here tonight.” – VIDEO

Groove for Thought – “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner – Jazzy music teachers! I kinda like the Manhattan Transfer thing they got going on. Nice arrangements, beautiful blend. Yeah. This is good. Shawn says, “Mike Posner is going to be very happy and very proud. You’re just like the record says…cool. The persona of the song fits you perfectly.” Nicole says, “Whatever Shawn just said, ditto. You tone is the epitome of cool. It got a little wild and we were all there with you.” Ben says, “You set us all up with all that teacher stuff, but really there’s nothing cooler than teaching. Peter, you’re the secret weapon. The harmonies were sick. The soprano thing was awesome. You took it up a notch.” – VIDEO

The Whiffenpoofs – “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble – Yalies! Whitebread! (except for Asian dude) They don’t use percussion sounds. Not digging this as much as Monday night’s “Grace Kelly”. Maybe it’s the song. The Whiffenpoofs are doing their thing. Nicole says, “They delivered. Whatever you were doing just melted my heart. You guys are lovely. I performed to this song on “Dancing with the Stars.” You have a beautiful choral sound.” Sean says, “I love you guys. I enjoy you guys quirkiness. The leads weren’t as strong as I hoped in certain spots. You guys are very unique.” Ben says, “You brought a Broadway element to it. I didn’t notice there was choreography.” – VIDEO

Hm. I think the Backbeats should beat it. But I have a feeling it’s going to be the Whiffenpoofs.

Committed is SAFE. Groove for Thought is SAFE. The Backbeats are SAFE.

The Whiffenpoofs sing “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue as their swan song. Wow. I’m sad they’re leaving. – VIDEO

The remaining 6 groups will sing two songs. The theme is “guilty pleasures.”

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  • tierbee

    Yay!!! I like their group numbers :)

  • lili_anne7

    WOW ! I LOVED their “Use Somebody” cover. They are all really talented.

  • tierbee

    Did I see somewhere in Twitter feed that you can buy songs from S1 and S2 on iTunes now? Or have I lost my mind? (Well, I suppose it could be both).

  • Miss Blue

    Great opening number. That lead singer from SCS who closed the number just has the most beautiful voice.

    I LOVE this show. So glad you are blogging it, mj. A big thank you.

  • Miss Blue

    I really like On The Rocks, but this song is not doing it for me. I fear for them after this. Hopefully the judges disagree with me.

  • Miss Blue

    Did I see somewhere in Twitter feed that you can buy songs from S1 and S2 on iTunes now? Or have I lost my mind? (Well, I suppose it could be both).

    Don’t twitter, so don’t know about that, but I sure hope you’re right. I’d buy over half of the songs I”ve heard on both seasons.

    PS. Glad to see Ben Folds disagreed with my assessment of OTR. Hope they get put through.

  • tierbee

    Yeah, that might put them in danger – guess we’ll see how the other groups do!

  • tierbee

    I will say that my 5 yr old is in heaven since he loves a lot of the songs we’ll hear tonight :)

  • lili_anne7

    I thought On The Rocks were ok. I like the fact that they sing current songs on this show. I’m kind of enjoying this show more than AI.

  • bentley1530

    The next time I see a poorly performed group song on AI, I will be thinking about this great opening number. So Good.

  • HappyDaisy

    tierbee: Yay!!! I like their group numbers

    Yeah, last week and this week, great group numbers!

    Wasn’t crazy about the Live your Life performance.

  • Miss Blue

    I’m kind of enjoying this show more than AI.

    I’ve watched every episode of AI from the very first. And I LOVE this show far more.

    I guess when the judges aren’t imbeciles, EVERY group is good without a load of cannon fodder thrown in, and we don’t get sob stories and manipulation, a show might just appeal to the viewers.

    Loved season one, but this one is so much better. Far better production values. But I still love NOTA.

  • lili_anne7

    The next time I see a poorly performed group song on AI, I will be thinking about this great opening number. So Good.

    I know, and these people have no instruments. Not one person was singing off-pitch during the group number.

  • Miss Blue

    Geez, I love Jeremy. This guy is a true singer. And this group made me re-love a song I was VERY sick of. One of my favorite groups, hope they go very far. I’d be happy to see them win.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The next time I see a poorly performed group song on AI, I will be thinking about this great opening number. So Good.

    Ditto, great singers can make it work. AI can’t seem to do it with just 12.

  • kmd

    I agree. It was a great group number.

  • lili_anne7

    Street Corner Symphony was my favorite group last episode. I love Jeremy’s voice. I thought they did good, even though I’m not crazy about the song choice.

  • lili_anne7

    I didn’t like the high school group. They seemed out of tune.

  • Miss Blue

    Barring an unexpected train wreck, I expect the high school kids to be going home.

    They have nothing to be ashamed of – fantastic considering their ages. Methinks we’ll be hearing from them in the future.

    And how cute is that Despicable Me commercial? Omg. I’ll be getting that for the grandkiddies.

  • tierbee

    Yeah, that was a little rough for our highschoolers. They were better Monday I thought.

  • tierbee

    The Despicable Me clip was adorable. Except now my son is calling apples “bapples,” lol.

  • tierbee

    I gotta confess I want to hug these guys. Hee. They are so classy and happy to be there.

  • Miss Blue

    I love this song so much it is one of my ringtones. And this didn’t work for me until the very end.

    I know these guys are legendary, but I’m just not a fan of the old-style a cappela. Same reason I”m not real high on the Yalies.

    But they aren’t going anywhere yet. Safe, safe, safe.

  • connie0128

    iTunes has the first episode for free or the season for $4.99. Individual songs are $0.99 YAY!!! Can also purchase an album of the night’s performances.

    Hey, Soul Sister has maxed out the popularity bar on iTunes. Nothing else is showing on the other songs. Surprised they have tonights songs for sale already.

    Remember to use MJ’s link!

  • lili_anne7

    Jerry Lawson’s group has a classic style, I thought it was ok. But they are definitely safe.

  • anovich

    That was definitely the right choice, IMO. The other 3 groups were far superior to them…

  • HappyDaisy

    MJ: These guys can sing rings around the younger kids. Should they stretch themselves beyond their retro style? I think Ben would like to see that, but didn’t want to come right and say it. Personally, I would like to see it too.

    Yep. I think Ben said something similar Monday, that they should step out of their comfort zone.

    If they continue to do retro, it will get old. (Pun intended.) :)

    Then again, it’s a very short season…

  • http://MJO judes

    I remember watching this show here in Australia last season & loved it so I hope they show it again this season. Ben Folds is the best judge going around.

    12/08/2010 at 8:27 pm

    The next time I see a poorly performed group song on AI, I will be thinking about this great opening number. So Good.

    Ditto, great singers can make it work. AI can’t seem to do it with just 12.

    Just a word in defence of the idols singing the group numbers, as from what I have heard from the idols they don’t have much practise with the singing & even less with the moves & the Top 12 generally are very different singers that make it hard to blend them together.
    The groups on Sing Off would no doubt have been practising together for quite a while which makes a difference to the quality of the performance & they would be chosen for specific part & lead singing.
    So whilst I love these performances I also like the cheesy group numbers on idol- as long as the idols don’t take it too seriously. Its all entertainment just that I enjoy it for different reasons!

  • lili_anne7

    I also liked the The Backbeats better last week. The lead singer is very good, she has a big range.

  • sunchick

    The Sing Off group numbers pwn the pointy pose. Hee. Live singing group numbers- look into it, AI.

    The white boy rap was corny as hell, but I thought the overlapping percussion that On The Rocks put together was pretty impressive. It sounded like a recorded back up track.

    Street Corner Symphony was my favorite group last episode. I love Jeremy’s voice.

    Ditto. Oh, and MJ, I’m so with you on the Bubs coming back to perform. I still remember their Who medley- best performance from the first season.

    I liked the background vocals on the Bruno Mars song way better than the lead. The girl picked the wrong key or something.

    How cute was Jerry Lawson’s boutonniere? :D

  • tierbee

    Yup, still love Committed!

  • lili_anne7

    WOW.. Committed… just WOW.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Say it again!!!

    WOW.. Committed… just WOW.

  • kmd

    That Committed is just so talented. Love them.

  • Incipit

    Aww, I’ll have to get this on Hulu later – you folks are leaving such tantalizing comments – can’t wait!

  • Kris

    Love Committed. They are so fabulous.

  • lili_anne7

    Groove for Thought were good, I liked their jazzy style. I wonder who the judges are going to eliminate.

  • HappyDaisy

    Another cheer for Committed!

    I recognize Groove for Thought’s talent but don’t care for their jazz style.

    sunchick: Live singing group numbers- look into it, AI.

    Yeah, bring back the live group numbers, AI! And find a judge like Ben Folds. Stat.

  • Kris

    I just do not like the Whippen people.

  • lili_anne7

    I just do not like the Whippen people.

    Ditto. I do agree with Ben Folds that they are very ” broadway”, which is probably why I don’t like them.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I think The Whiffenpoofs are toast.

  • sunchick

    Committed are like the second coming of Boys 2 Men. Totally. The jazzy music teachers are a bazillion times better this week than last week, which I thought was damn snoozy. Unlike y’all, I <3 the Cheezypoofs. Or whatever they're called. Shawn is kind of rude to them for some reason so maybe they’re toast, but I gotta go with the oversingers to leave, Backbeat? Haven’t liked them either week.

    OH, and I almost forgot…the guy in Streetcorner Symphony with the longer hair totally looks like Mitch Hedberg reincarnated. Aww.

  • sma11ie

    Just dropped by to say I caught the group who sang Cooler Than Me, and was surprised that my irrational hatred of Mike Posner’s voice and face totally biased my opinion on the song. The song doesn’t suck when it’s not Posner! Okay, gotta turn off the TV. Also, love love love Ben Folds.

  • HappyDaisy

    Whiffen went Poof.

  • annoula

    Ben Folds is absolutely amazing.

    I liked Groove for Thought the best tonight; they were flawless, and I loved the rest of the group even more than the lead singer, and the lead singer was great!

    I liked Committed better on Monday; something was off this time. They’re doing Backstreet Boys next week! Oh my God!

    I feel like Street Corner Symphony might win this thing. Just the fact that they’re doing “Come on Eileen” next time makes me so happy.

  • kmd

    Another great show. Love Ben Folds.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Ben Folds is on twitter;


  • lili_anne7

    I hope MJ posts videos. I really want to watch the group number again, it was epic.

  • Miss Blue

    I feel like Street Corner Symphony might win this thing. Just the fact that they’re doing “Come on Eileen” next time makes me so happy.

    Ditto, ditto, ditto. Although I think Committed has this thing wrapped up with a ribbon, SCS is my favorite. This is what you see in my old home, New Orleans, on every corner. I love these guys and Come On Eileen is going to send me over the moon.

    The Yalies and Jerry Lawson are just too old-style for my taste, and the teachers are too jazzy, which I’ve never liked. But I sure can recognize the talent they have.

    I don’t get the appeal of the Backbeats at all. This was the only performance I couldn’t wait to see end. Just hurt my ears.

    My prediction: On The Rocks and Backbeats will be going home next week.

  • rachiel

    MJ – the beelzebubs arranged and sang back up for darren criss on teenage dream!?!?!?! omg, i didn’t know that! i love the beelzebubs and i love darren. did they appear on the show as some of the warblers? or they just lent their vocals?

  • St.Lucia

    Started watching this show solely for Ben Folds and found myself actually enjoying it. I guess this show was on last year too? I must have missed that.

    I can’t believe how much I really liked this show! Ben Folds, of course, is amazing. Have seen him numerous times in concert and he’s by far one of my favorite performers I’ve EVER seen. The man puts on a show and he eats, breathes, and sleeps music. It shows. Love, love, LOVE the man. Just saw him last month in concert actually. :)

    The breath of fresh air that Ben is, and even Shawn Stockman, is immediately downplayed by the dumbness that is the pussycat doll, Nicole, who is just horrifying. Please get her off my television.

    On to the music, I actually really liked the Whiffenpoofs compared to the Backbeats, and I wished the Wiffenpoofs had stayed, at least over them.

    With such a strong list of contenders I’m excited to see how this season will play out. Really like Committed. It just is impressive.

    I must say I completely agreed with Eleventh Hour leaving. Everyone else is in an entirely different ballgame. However, they still left with a lot to be proud of.

    Can’t wait for next week and more Ben. :)

  • Incipit

    Ben Folds has a blog about “Sing Off”” – called On Key With Ben Folds – and he gives all sorts of commentary on the groups and the choices the judges make -and the background of how and why he scored this gig. Really interesting stuff.

    DC name checked him some time last year for his piano work, and that’s when I first checked him out – but mercy, he sure does give the credibility that AI never has to the title of judge. He actually knows what he’s talking about, and he’s talking about the music.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • St.Lucia

    DC name checked him some time last year for his piano work, and that’s when I first checked him out – but mercy, he sure does give the credibility that AI never has to the title of judge.

    His piano playing is IMPRESSIVE. I have no idea how the man still has fingers. Honest. He treats his concerts, at times, as a lesson in music theory too. It’s joyous.

    What a perfect judge. AI you need someone like Ben. Get with the program. :)

  • Sarah

    Just dropped by to say I caught the group who sang Cooler Than Me, and was surprised that my irrational hatred of Mike Posner’s voice and face totally biased my opinion on the song. The song doesn’t suck when it’s not Posner! Okay, gotta turn off the TV. Also, love love love Ben Folds.

    OMG, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who irrationally hated that song thanks to the original artist’s super annoying voice. UGH. Groove for Thought actually made me like the song for the first time ever.

    I think the Backbeats are supremely overrated, and would rather have seen the Whiffenpoofs stick around than them. ESPECIALLY to spare me from having to hear Love Shack next week. What a waste.

    Committed definitely has some Boyz II Men elements about them and have some sick harmonies. Like them a lot.

    I really like Street Corner Symphony a lot too. I am SO tired of “Hey Soul Sister”, but I actually really liked their breakdown on the bridge and overall enjoyed the arrangement of it a lot. They’re good. They were great on Monday too – they are whizzes at arranging songs. Both times, I’ve liked their arrangements the best.

    On The Rocks is fun. I think they have potential.

    Also, yes… bring back the Beezlebubs! And bring Darren Criss along with them! ;)

    Whatcha wanna bet that Ryan Tedder shows up on the finale to sing “Apologize” with Committed? :)

  • Connie D.

    The Whiffenpoofs: I tried to like the Yalies, but it just didn’t work for me. I agree that the lead singers were just not strong enough. At all. Glad they are gone.

    Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town: No. I can take maybe one more episode of them. They seem sweet, though. I’ve just heard enough retro stuff for a while.

  • Grammie Kari

    Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion which primarily involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism. -Wikipedia-

    This is the main reason The Whiffenpoofs were sent home. As mentioned, they are a good choral group but did not make use of vocal percussion. Nicole pointed out that,”Courtney was the only female percussionist in this competition.” This is an important element when being judged.

    I really do like this group of judges. They have chemistry without drama. Nigel, are you watching this show? This is what I hope Idol will go for this year. The judges are also teaching the viewers with their comments as well as providing constructive criticism.

    Hey Nigel, why didn’t you try to get Ben Folds? Love him. (I know, he’s too busy?)

  • tierbee

    Oh, man, iTunes has a veritable buffet of Sing-Off stuff. When I get paid I’m going shopping (via MJs link, of course!).

  • smeggingnuts


    You have the video for Commited posted with Groove for thought

  • Grammie Kari

    I can’t believe this show was on last year and I didn’t see it! Not having to see corny auditions makes a big difference. I hope Idol continues with Group Performances – LIVE!

    I really like Street Corner Symphony, but I think Committed will win.

  • tessa

    The Poofs should have stayed. So should have the Berklee group on the last show. They showed so much promise and we got a peek from their first (and sadly last) performance. I thought they brought something “untraditional” (to acapella) which unfortunately was cut short.

    In any case, maybe a lesson learned for these groups is that it’s crucial to appear humble on those videos, LOL!

    There are several outstanding groups left! The Backbeats though seem way overrated and Jerry Lawson’s group simply old-fashioned (it seems the judges are too intimidated to cut them). We all know they can’t win, not on a 2010 reality TV show!

    Oh, I think On the Rocks is trying too hard to be the next Beelzebubs. They just don’t have it though.

  • tierbee

    Psst, Beezlebub fans, someone put together a vid of all of their performances from last year up to the finale… thought I’d share assuming this link works since I’m link-illiterate tonight for some reason :)

    Now as for THIS year, I love love Street Corner Symphony and Committed… looking forward to more on Monday!!

    My son was so sad that I sent him off to bed at 9 but I promised he could watch videos tomorrow. They performed so many songs that he loves :)

  • tierbee

    OK, NOTA too… and I’m done YouTube-ing for the night. Morning. Whatever it is. Me and my insomnia, sigh.

    For ya’ll that missed it last season. I am so excited it’s back :)

  • cwm

    Can I just say how much I love this show?? That was wonderful. I LOVE Committed — they are awesome. My top 3 are Committed, On the Rocks, and Groove for Thought. The judges were right to send home Eleventh Hour — talented and sweet, but out-sung by the others. And I think that the Backbeats should have gone home before the Whiffenpoofs. Neither one of them do much for me, though. Now Committed, on the other hand, they moved my soul. WOW. And On the Rocks totally made me smile; I think they did great.

    Finally, I was thrilled to see Nota again. I loved them last year– they are fantastic. Their performance of I Gotta Feeling tonight was awesome. :-)

  • Dlynne

    tierbee, how is it that the Beelzebubs didn’t win last season? Wow! The Who songs they sang are just incredible!

    I’m really, really, really enjoying this show. The music is amazing and the judges don’t annoy me.

    I think the ‘poofs were robbed, though. I like that they’re different. Eleventh Hour wasn’t as good as they were last week. The lead’s voice seemed strained, especially in her lower register. They may have been singing in the wrong key for her.

    Overall, a great show! I think my favorite of the night was the jazzy number Groove For Thought did. Just awesome.

  • Dlynne

    Here’s a video of the Beelzebubs with their own lead singing Teenage Dream before they were on Glee. Very entertaining!

  • Allison

    Not digging On the Rocks and tired of Jerry Lawson. I liked the Whiffs and the high-schoolers and even the Berklee group from Monday better.

  • TwigLA

    Incipit, thanks for that link to Ben Folds ‘The Sing Off’ blog! It’s great reading his take on what is going on both in his mind and behind the scenes.

    MJ, I am thrilled that you’re covering TSO this year. Last year I thought I was the only one watching (and loving) this show. The talent this year is definitely a higher caliber and I put that firmly on the shoulders of the judges and the format of this show. It’s not cheesy and contrived.

    The opening number with all the groups was amazing. I want to watch that over and over again. Watching Nota sing, I was right back in last year’s competition. The Beezlebubs were who I was rooting for. I hope they bring them on as guests this year.

    I think the right ones went home, though I wouldn’t mind The Whiffenpoofs sticking around another week over On The Rocks. I think the latter was kept to see if they take Ben’s advice and do some serious singing. They are entertaining though. The high school group needs to do some growing, but they gave a very good showing. I’m not enamored of the female lead.

  • TwigLA

    I have to add how much I love seeing all the groups responding to and cheering on their competition. It’s just so joyful and you can tell they are all really in it for the music.

  • larc

    Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town is the only group that hasn’t turned in a creative performance. Last night they sounded pretty much the same as they did on Monday night, which is the same way similar groups sounded years ago. They are too limited and should have been sent home instead of Eleventh Hour last night, IMO.

    Also, I thought The Backbeats weren’t as good as the Whiffenpoofs and should have been eliminated in the second set. But I don’t think any college/university group will ever win no matter how good they are. Sony would probably insist on working directly with a group rather than having a layer of authority between them.

  • cookcricket

    Awwww, I knew my underdog teens weren’t for long. :( I haven’t had a chance to watch the videos yet. I’m also sad the Whiffenpoofs are gone, I really, really enjoyed them from the vid of Monday’s show.

    I think Street Corner Symphony, Groove for Thought and Committed will be who I’m rootin’ for now, but of course is based on the first night. Need to watch these vids. Hopefully before the end of the night.

  • colette

    So glad you’re giving attention to this show. Wow, it’s great. Loved it last year but they kicked it up several notches this season.

    MJ, Jerry Lawson and the Persuasions were indeed hot stuff and I just adored them. They put out many albums, and really got out there occasionally — their Frank Zappa tribute disc is a hoot! They also did one of Beatles songs. This is a gorgeous version of “Let It Be”:

    But since leaving the Persuasions some years ago, Jerry’s had a tough slog. He’s a fantastic R & B singer and an acapella master, and I was thrilled when he found another group. It makes me a little anguished to imagine them voted off by kids so much younger and greener. But I’m delighted he’s gotten the spotlight again, and he & Talk of the Town lend a lot to the show.

    The Groove for Thought folk are in the tradition of Manhattan Transfer, and tres tres cool. but I have to say that Committed just slays me. Wow. So creative, such gorgeous blends. That stupid song “Apologize,” which poor Kris Allen had to deal with solo, was far more interesting in their hands than the original version.

    Yay for acapella. And I love that this is a TALENT show. short intros of backstories, and right to the music. Hey Idol People, take note willya?

  • tierbee

    colette, thank you for the link for the “Let It Be” performance — and I’m now enjoying many, many YouTubes. Especially this live one – check out Mr. Lawson :)

  • bentley1530

    The second bracket is definitely stronger than the first bracket so perhaps the Poofs should have stayed around for another show but it was clear from all of the judges’ comments that the judges were not in love with them so I doubt they would have made it another round. Groove For Thought and Committed are my favorites but I am not hating on anyone at this point.

  • tierbee

    Tweet from Committed –

    @committed6 You guys got 2 of our songs on iTunes top 200 list! Couldn’t ask for better supporters! :) Now go make a friend buy them. LOL!

  • MaryS-NJ

    Quick impressions from the salt mine (hopefully more when I get home)…

    Except for one, I liked all of the groups better last week than this. I think the right two groups went home. The cuties from Eleventh Hour are adorable but out of their league.

    For me the Whiffenpoofs and Jerry Lawson and TotT were a toss-up for who should go home. The Whiffs are a very good mens college a cappella group but I’ve heard better and there wasn’t anything surprising.

    JL & TotT are classics, but that means old fashioned and safe. Choosing a current song by a female artist was a nice attempt but it sounded like everything else they do. I hate to say it but I thought “Do wop night at the old folks home”. I think they’re still in it for nostalgia.

    I liked The Back Beats better than some of you (I really like them) but their song choices have been slow and dark. I want to see what they do with an up-tempo song next week.

    Committed didn’t excite me the way they did last week and I don’t mind a little melisma but the lead singer was getting a little close to “too much of a good thing” for me this week. Still, I think their take on “Apologize” seemed fresh, maybe because singing pop is fresh and new to them, but they’re definitely very, very good.

    WORD to everyone who said YUCK to “Hey Soul Sister”, but I think my aversion to it is it’s ubiquitousness and obviously a lot of people love the song. Street Corner Symphony tug at my underdog-loving heartstrings. I like them even if I didn’t like the song choice.

    On the Rocks didn’t as much of an impression on me last week, but they were my favorites this week. Great energy, great nerd-boy swagga, great percussion, vocals and rapping and very entertaining to watch as well as listen to! I think they are the dark horse group.

    Still loving the judges… even Nicole because she’s positive and constructive. I hate mean judges and the American Idol judges could take a lesson by watching these three in action.

    Oops! Forgot Groove for Thought! I like the lead singer and very tight vocals. The performance didn’t leave much of an an emotional impression. I appreciate what they do musically but I’m not feelin’ them.

  • jersey

    Haven’t read this thread yet but just had to say I loved Groove for Thought last night. I HATE that Mike Posner song but I loved their performance of it. I also really liked Street Corner Symphony. I’m glad the high schoolers went home, I think both they and Jerry Lawson should have been gone before Pitch Slapped on Monday.

    I’m not a fan of the Back Beats. On the Rocks is very entertaining and fun to watch. I think they’re next to go, however. The judges don’t seem to like the extra large college ensembles :-( I enjoyed all three college groups, however. I missed Committed last night and haven’t watched their performance yet, so can’t really comment on them.