The wait is over, The Sing Off is back on NBC! A heads up--this review will be a little more stream-of-conscious than most of my live event reviews on account of wanting to get it posted tonight and it being a school night and all.
For the opening number we've got "Some Nights" originally by Fun. Well, the show's been off for two years--guess they had to make up for lost aca-time with one of the favorite songs for groups to cover over the last two years. It's hard to choreograph for a cast this large--admirable effort here. Typical Sing-Off fare with the groups rotating through the soloist. The performance medleys-on-up into "We Are Young" and "Carry On." Man, this is Fun. Pun intended, but really. I'm so happy right now that this show is back.
Nick Lachey is back in the hizouse, reminding us The Sing-Off is all vocals, no instruments. The theme for the night is signature songs that represent the group best. Ben Folds, Jewel, and Shawn Stockman occupy the judging table. Ben is glad to be back after being kept in storage for two years with the sets. Shawn calls the show a wonderful experience. Jewel says, "What's a cappella?" JK. She says Lachey's dimples are working hard and then self-references her snaggle tooth. Not gonna lie--a more charismatic start than I expected from the new judge. This has potential.
Vocal Rush is HERE! Let me rephrase that: the best high school a cappella group in the world is here. The reigning ICHSA champs lead off with Delta Rae's "Down To The River." Unified stomp perc to lead us in. Slick groove into the perc part as the tempo picks up. Holy bo-jangles, check that bass. Starmaking solo here. What's this? Stomp routine. Oh no they didn't. Good gosh this group is where fun meets talent to have a gaggle of beautiful love children.