5 Things to Know About the New Season of The Sing-Off

Last year, Puerto Rican a cappella group Nota's take on the Jay Sean hit "Down" helped them shoot to the top on The Sing-Off, winning $100,000 and a Sony recording contract. A year later, a cappella music is again in focus thanks to Glee's recent best-selling single "Teenage Dream" (which coincidentally features former Sing-Off competitors, the Beelzebubs) and the return of The Sing-Off. TVGuide.com talked with the talent behind NBC's reality competition series at a recent Paley Center for Media event to discuss what's in store for Season 2.

1. The Competition is Bigger

After the season's success, twice as many groups auditioned this year. To make room, the series will now feature 10 competing groups instead of eight. "There was so much talent in the second season and we wanted to try and cover it as much as we could," host Nick Lachey tells us. "We also expanded from four to five episodes, so that opened it up for more talent to be included in the competition." There's also more diversity in the performers' styles and ages. Groups range from high school music students to music teachers. "A cappella really does span all ages and it's nice to see that represented in our show," Lachey says.

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