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Ask ACB: Why do some great groups abstain from the ICCAs? Should groups get professional help with their CDs?

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Bill kicks things off this time around with a question about why groups do and do not compete…

I’ve followed ICCAs since my group’s triumphant run in college (meaning, we never made it out of quarterfinals…). My questions is why don’t more of the best groups in the country compete? The Sing-Off showed off The Beelzebubs, The Whiffenpoofs, On the Rocks, The Airs, etc. but it’s been a long time since they were in ICCAs (if they ever were at all).

Ask ACB: What was the best ICCA set ever? Do same-school groups compete against each other or work together?

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Adele (probably not the famous one) gets right to the point…

What was the best ICCA set ever?

Ask ACB: Why didn’t The Sing-Off last? Who is on the cover of ICCA programs?

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Manuel leads us off this week with one of my favorite questions.

Everyone I know really liked The Sing-Off. It had great music and the elimination format kept it exciting. The judges were really good. I know NBC couldn’t keep the show on just because it was good, but rather it needed viewers. So that’s my question: why didn’t The Sing-Off have more viewers?

I don’t think there’s any one definitive answer to why The Sing-Off was discontinued, but rather a confluence of factors working against the show’s long-term success. But we’ll focus on what I would consider to be the two biggest reasons things didn’t work out: