When a Group Squeezes an Extra Song Into Its Competition Set

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #132: When a Group Squeezes an Extra Song Into Its Competition Set

Conventional wisdom dictates that a ten-to-twelve-minute competition set will consist of three songs (and, further, that that set will consist of two up-tempo songs to bookend a ballad). The format has certainly garnered its share of success, tailored to fit three-to-four minute long songs, and organized to capture the audience’s attention, show emotional depth, and explode into an epic finish.

While format works for many groups, others have found the greatest success by bucking tradition in favor mixing up the order of songs or defying the three-song model altogether, instead squeezing in a fourth number that has all the potential in the world to add depth and diversity to a set and to win audiences over for the sheer surprise that they thought the performance was over after the third number.

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