The Sing-Off Recap: Let’s Get This Party Started Differently

Tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off requires the remaining nine vocal groups to perform “party anthems” — you know, as opposed to “solemn party marches” — and it opens with a medley of “Let’s Get It Started,” “Die Young,” and “Don’t Stop the Music” that highlights everything that doesn’t quite work about the show. It looks and sounds like what you’d see on Idol and The Voice, and it’s a poor introduction to a show that brings something altogether different to the table. To me, The Sing-Off is all about the interesting places you can go with the human voice, but the show’s design and structure is an exact copy of every other singing competition on television, where the only thing to place with your voice is Melismatown, USA. Let the other guys have the shiny floors and glittery sets. We want innovative song arrangements, chipper little harmonies, and matching sweater vests. A cappella will never be glamorous. Let’s face that fact and move forward. Otherwise, it all just comes off like when ESPN tries to get the Scripps Spelling Bee kids to do comedy sketches.  Read More...


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