'The Sing-Off's' Jewel: A cappella 'was a dying art form before this show came along'

After an extended season last year, NBC's a cappella singing competition "The Sing-Off," with host Nick Lachey, returns to its roots, airing a limited run during the holiday season, with the two-hour finale to crown the winning vocal group airing two days before Christmas.Judge Ben Folds of the band Ben Folds Five offers his own take on the meaning of "a cappella" -- vocal music without instrumental accompaniment -- at a press event for the show, telling Zap2it, "Everybody is going to think I sit around with an online dictionary all day, but have you actually looked up 'a cappella'? Do you know what the first definition for it generally is? 'In the manner of God.' It's not 'without instruments.' That's the second one. I just think that's interesting.""Wow," says fellow judge Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men. "That's how people communicated originally before there were any types of instruments. It was the voice. There...


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