Reason #97: Pentatonix
Season three of The Sing-Off was the longest season the show had. The groups that best succeeded on the mini-marathon season were those that legitimately developed over their time on the series, and demonstrated a depth of talents that made them not only enjoyable but interesting to listen to over a period of months.
Using that criteria, no group could touch Pentatonix.
Whether they were wowing the audience with their take on “Video Killed the Radio Star,” reinventing soul with “Let’s Get It On,” making would-be clichés one-hundred-percent relevant with their Britney Spears medley, the fivesome seemed to have a trick up their sleeves for each and every theme week to win over long-time a cappella fans and casual viewers alike. Better yet, after the national spotlight had turned off, the crew remained vital using YouTube to continue to proliferate good, innovative a cappella songs with covers of “Moves Like Jagger,” “Somebody That I Used to Know” and “We Are Young.” Pentatonix has arrived as that rare a cappella group that needs no explanation or translation or non-a cappella fans, and whom the a cappella faithful can hold high as its shining stars who have blossomed in the big, bad world.
A Grammy, a Billboard chart-topper and all other manner of accolades and special performance opportunities, and Pentatonix is still very much going strong.
I love it!