Contestants on The Sing-Off tackled many current hits this week, including many that are familiar to fans of Glee. Let's get right to the grades, shall we?
Round One: Today's Chart Toppers
Vocal Point - "Never Say Never" - Vocal Point continued without Ben whose father passed. I wouldn't be mentally at the point to return if I were Ben. The group's choreography was boy band cheesy which worked well. The karate motions were hysterical. I appreciated that there were multiple lead singers, but once in a while the background sounded muddled. My Grade: B+
Delilah - "Whataya Want From Me?" - The group wanted to experiment in arrangements, but it wasn't working. They should have considered listening to Pink's original version to see if the slight differences between her and Adam Lambert could have helped. I liked the sparse vocals in the beginning except for the fact that a few girls joined in a few seconds early. Their arrangement wasn’t perfect and they should have considered a few alternatives for the second verse. There are some powerful voices in the group, but they need to work on filling in the sound. My Grade: B+
Urban Method - "Just Can't Get Enough" - There was interesting drama because they couldn't keep the rapper in front this time, leading to America getting to hear other voices. I liked the layers of the voices in this group and they didn't need the gimmick of having of a rapper. The tempo change was fun, but the rapping was weak. My Grade: A-
Afro-Blue - "American Boy" - There was a minor issue with trying to Jazz-ify Estelle because the song needed to be recognizable. The group was also given a song that had a rapper in it and had to make it work. I liked the jazzy buildup of the song, though it took too long to get to the words. The tempo threw me off because it wasn't close to the original at all. I appreciated the experiment, but the last few seconds was better. My Grade: A-