'The Sing-Off' season premiere recap: Music To My Ears

The Sing-Off premiered its third season last night, and despite all my worrying that the show would lose its charm in the transition from quaint December surprise to fall season anchor, everything felt just right.

Nick Lachey brought the puns, Ben Folds showed off his stupendous musical vocabulary, and Shawn Stockman donned a bright purple sweater. All was well in the world. New judge and former a cappella performer Sara Bareilles fit right into the mix as well. Though she maybe focused a bit too much on the "story" and "journey" of some groups for my taste, she provided clear, helpful insight, and was refreshingly sincere compared to the consistently inauthentic-sounding Nicole Scherzinger. Bareilles was a bit nervous in her first episode (Who else loved when she told Cat's Pajamas they are a "super huge package," and then clammed up and tried to recover with a dignified queen wave?), but as she loosens up, I think she'll become a major asset on the show. Read More...



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