The Sing-Off: Season Two Coming in December on NBC

The Sing-OffThough the ratings weren’t anything to sing about, NBC decided to renew The Sing-Off for another. Season two of the a capella competition kicks off on December 6th and will run for five nights. The season finale airs on December 20th.

Here’s the official press release from the network…

Ten Groups from Across the Country will Compete for the Grand Prize of a Sony Music Recording Contract and $100,000

Five-Night Holiday Event Series to Feature Returning Celebrity Judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls) with a special performance by 2009 winner, Nota

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 21, 2010 – Multi-platinum recording artist Nick Lachey is set to return as host of NBC’s upcoming a cappella singing competition series, “The Sing-Off,” a five-night holiday event premiering Monday, December 6 (8-10 p.m. ET). The one-of-a-kind battle of voices will continue on December 8, 13 and 15, culminating in a live finale on December 20 (8-10 p.m. ET each night).

The 10 a capella groups competing for the $100,000 prize and a Sony Music recording contract are:

Committed from Huntsville, Alabama – Committed is dedicated to creating unique harmonies with powerful lead vocals and a booming bass line.

Eleventh Hour from Kettering, Ohio – Recognized as one of the nation’s top high school a cappella groups, their studio recordings have been featured on Best of High School A Cappella and have won two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Academy awards.

Pitch Slapped from Boston, Massachusetts – Hailing from the Berklee College of Music, Pitch Slapped offers a distinctive sound and infectious energy, with a unique grasp on a cappella that is apparent in their arrangements, solos, and overall sound.

Groove For Thought from Seattle, Washington – Their infectious grooves, stunning arrangements and electrifying solos are just some of the phrases used to described this group.

Jerry Lawson & Talk Of The Town from Oakland, California – Eager to show America where a cappella started, these music veterans bring the true soul of music to the stage.

Men Of Note from Cherry Hill, New Jersey – This all-male group of eight is comprised of Cherry Hill High School West alumni, where the group was first founded.

The Backbeats from Los Angeles, California – Comprised of a cappella singers from USC and UCLA, this group of twenty-something’s incorporates their disparate styles and tastes into one synthesized sound fused together by their love of Pop, R&B and Soul .

On The Rocks from Eugene, Oregon – From the University of Oregon, On The Rocks has had great viral success with videos featured on various websites, with more than 6.5 million views of their popular rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

Street Corner Symphony from Nashville, Tennessee – They offer a diverse repertoire, while maintaining their rich heritage in gospel music.

Yale University, The Whiffenpoofs from New Haven, Connecticut – From Yale University and founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” are comprised of 14 senior year men and are the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group.

“The Sing-Off” will feature a cappella groups performing popular songs from various genres, arranged and sung like you’ve never heard before. There is no lip-synching, back-up band or safety net. Ultimately, America will decide the winning group.

During last season, the four December telecasts of “The Sing-Off” averaged a 2.5 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall. The December 21 finale attracted NBC’s biggest overall viewership in the time period in more than three months.

Returning celebrity judges Ben Folds who recently released the CD “Lonely Avenue,” a collaboration with novelist Nick Hornby, Shawn Stockman and Nicole Scherzinger will critique each performance, narrowing down the finalists to the top three groups competing for America’s vote.

Returning for a special performance will be Nota, the winner of the show’s freshman season in 2009.

In conjunction with the second season of “The Sing-Off,” Epic Records will be releasing digital tracks of each group’s performance immediately following the airing of each episode. All 10 competing groups from the upcoming season will also be featured on “The Sing-Off: Harmonies for the Holidays” being released by Epic Records on November 30.

Nota has distinguished itself among a cappella groups with its fusion of various musical styles evident in its self-titled debut album, to be released in November 2, 2010. They are currently wrapping up Shakira’s Sale el Sol U.S. tour where they performed as the opening act to rave reviews and incredible reactions. Their album includes R&B and pop influences blended with Latin rhythms like mereingue, bachata, and samba, which create a sound that is unique and original. The sextet takes a new approach to familiar songs, covering “I Gotta Feeling,” “Down,” “I Need to Know” and “My Girl,” as well as original songs written by the group.”

“The Sing-Off” is produced by Tenth Planet Productions, Outlaw Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Joel Gallen, Deb Newmyer and Sam Weisman are executive producers. Josh Greenberg serves as co-executive producer.

What do you think? Are you glad it’s returning? Will you be watching?

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  1. sugar plum fairy says

    Can’t wait to see and hear the new groups of season 2! My whole family loved season 1, and it’s soooooooooo much better than american idol.

  2. Dave says

    I have two teen-age sons (sports enthusiasts) who could be doing many things but they chose to watch every episode last season and will again this year! We loved the show, appreciate the judges knowledge of music and their insightful comments, and couldn’t wait to hear the creativity, energy and tight harmony that is present in a cappella music. We shout out a resounding yes and yes!

  3. Jane b Jane says

    With the popularity of Gleem coupled with Bne Folds musical background knowledge and Indie savvy. And a strong fan base The Sing Off was more popular than average ratings might show. Definatly looking forward to this season and the next.

  4. says

    I love the show. It’s great talent, and it’s something that everyone in my family loves to watch together! We’re all very excited for Season Two.

  5. judz says

    We watched this show by accident and were hooked from the beginning. We meaning my husband and myself are not musically naive but we were pleasantly surprised at how entertaining the show was. The groups were diverse and some were more talented than others but they all worked hard, were enthusiastic and creative. I especially enjoyed the judges because they actually knew what they were judging and were not just being subjective celebraties. Even Nick Lachey did a good job. He seemed to be in his element here unlike the reality show he did. We can hardly wait for the next show to start and I have put it on my calendar to watch. Thanks for exposing the general public to a form of music that HAS been around but needs a major forum in order to be appreciated.

  6. mtzlala says

    Yes Gentlemen there have been sing offs for years. Your point is what? No one has claimed this to be “new” concept. People have been dancing for years as well. I’m sure you all have something to say about that as well. I found this version of a singing competition rather refreshing. I was fascinated by some of the talent these kids have. Not only did it reinforce Acapella is still here, it gave these contestants national exposure. As for the judges, it is a rounded veteren trio. Nick L. who cares he’s only the announcer, no one is tuning in FOR him. Oh and Greg for that game you “herd” involving Nick, perhaps you should go to the library and learn how to use syntax and spelling. Maybe if you and the other men should listen to the music and refrain from commenting. These are talented peopleand the control they have over their vocal cords and diaphram are amazing.

    Obviously I cannot wait for the show to start. I wish the comp. lasted longer though.

  7. Greg says

    Please. There have been a capella competitions in this country for years, for ladies & men’s barbershop, college groups, high school groups and pro groups – LONG before American Idol and the rest of those started.

    That said – this show is contrived crap. Nick Lachay is a moron (I herd of some people who made up a game – every time he announces that those sounds are made “only with their mouths,” they take a drink. And they were drunk before the end of the episode), and the judges are even worse. The groups are plastic and stereotypical (the first season picked on each from each of the major categories, with a few ringers thrown in), and not a one of them is doing anything there aren’t hundreds of groups out there doing better – just groups too smart to do this show.

    • Kevin says

      There have been vocal competitions in this country for years, but I don’t see any of them getting +7,000,000 viewers. You don’t sound like someone who’s interested in sharing a unique style of music to the world. Sure, these competitions have been going on long before any singing reality TV shows existed, but I never saw your average citizien going out of their way to go to any chamber choir concerts, either.

      On that note, let Nick Lachey apologize for saying what he’s being payed to say. And believe it or not, the rest of the world isn’t quite as musically suave as you. Some people actually don’t know what acapella is and would be confused if it wasnt mentioned frequently that no instruments are being used. You’ve mistaken this show for something attempting to appeal to the small percentage of the population that deeply understands and appreciated musical expertise. If it were tailored for that audience, and that audience only, it would be a choir concert.

      Oh, and Nota is clearly not as intelligent as all the other groups that are just ‘too smart’ to do this show. The national publicity and professional lifestyle in music they’ve gained from this show clearly does not pale to those groups who were just too elitist to bother with such a silly show. Or maybe it’s the other way around, seeing as Nota is Nota, and the groups that were just ‘too smart’ will forever remain as meaningless variables in my explanation until the end of time.

      Good day, sir.

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