Earlier this day, the Sing-Off announced the 16 groups that will compete in in its third season. Since they already posted the list, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and post it again. You can read it here.
Here are some thoughts I had while going through the list:
The Collective – Nashville troupe formed by season-two contestant Jeremy Lister (Street Corner Symphony)
Awesome! I’m a big fan of Street Corner Symphony and was rooting for them to win the second season. (They placed second.) I loved their minimalist style, but “troupe” sounds like more than six people. It’s gonna be interesting to see what Jeremy (pictured above) makes of this!
Delilah – An L.A.-based all-female group including members from the first two Sing-Off seasons
Including “members” (plural) of the first two “seasons” (plural)? Are we having an incrowd-situation here? Not sure what to think of this. One of the biggest appeals of the Sing-Off is that it’s a friendly show, but seeing two groups based on previous seasons is making me suspicious that they might be keeping it in the family just a little too much.
Or they’re just that good. We’ll have to see.
Sonos – Well-known professional a cappella group who have collaborated in the past with Bareilles
Ah, a well-known name in a cappella-land! Earlier it might’ve been risky for a professional group to join an amateur-dominated contest, but given the incredibly high standards of the Sing-Off Sonos won’t feel out of place. Losing to any of the groups on this show isn’t demeaning, it’s an honor.
Vocal Point – All-male ensemble from Brigham Young University
Oh hellz to da yeah!! These guys have arranged and recorded one of the most awesome songs I’ve ever had the pleasure to perform: “Nearer my God to thee“. This is one quality group and I can’t wait to see how they’re gonna perform on the show.
Overall, there seems to be a great variety of groups, all the way from high schoolers to professionals, from 40′s music to contemporary, both religious and secular. This is looking to become a great season.
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