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'The Sing-Off' Exclusive Interview: David of Messiah's Men on A Cappella Music with a Message

Before we even heard them sing, Messiah's Men won over Sing-Off fans with their inspirational story of struggle, survival and, ultimately, salvation through song. Now based out of Minneapolis, the Afrocentric gospel group is made up of former Liberian refugees who use their music to portray a message of hope. Unfortunately, the Messiah's Men were eliminated in the first round of the show ( along with high schoolers Soul'd Out ), but that message definitely came across in their stirring renditions of "People Get Ready" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." Ben Folds applauded their "moving" performance, while Shawn Stockman said the group was made up of real "storytelling voices." Though their time on The Sing-Off was short, Messiah's Men member David told me it was a "wonderful ride" for the group when we spoke this afternoon -- even for the members who worried their Christian message might not translate to a reality show. And the ride is far from over. Messiah's Men have big plans ahead, including raising money and awareness for orphans in their native Liberia (more on that, and how you can help, below!). Read on for our interview: //

'The Sing-Off' Exclusive Interview: Ethan of Soul'd Out On Holding Their Own as a High School Group

As the only high school group on The Sing-Off this season, Wilsonville, Oregon's Soul'd Out came into the competition with a lot to prove, but also a lot of automatic props. Most high school a cappella groups wouldn't be able to pull off a number on this stage and at this scale. Soul'd Out not only held their own, they went full-out for their first performance, with a rendition of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair . It was a challenging number, and one that unfortunately led to their elimination against some older, more experienced groups , but the response was positive all around for these "real life Glee " kids, especially from judge Sara Bareilles, who said they were "well on [their] way" as performers and called lead Ethan Crystal "adorable."  They may not have made it past the first round, but that's high praise for a high school group with plenty of talent and time to grow. As Ethan said when I spoke to him this afternoon about Soul'd Out's Sing-Off experience, "the only place to go is up." Read on for our interview: //

TV ratings: 'Terra Nova' has so-so premiere Monday, 'Two and a Half Men' still on top

Fast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 26, 2011The ratings for episode 2 of the Ashton Kutcher era on "Two and a Half Men" came down some Monday but were still way above the show's average last season. "Terra Nova," meanwhile, earned decent but hardly world-beating numbers for its premiere on FOX. The CW's "Hart of Dixie" did OK, drawing more viewers than lead-in "Gossip Girl" but slightly lower numbers in the network's target 18-34 demographic.Elsewhere, "Dancing With the Stars" came down some from its premiere, and "The Playboy Club" dipped into the danger zone for NBC, falling short of 4 million viewers.ABC led Monday night in viewers, drawing 14.65 million people and a 10.0 rating/14 share in households. CBS (13.05 million, 8.2/12) finished second, followed by FOX at 9 million viewers and a 5.6/8. NBC (4.2 million, 2.7/4) was fourth, while The CW's premieres averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 1.2/2.CBS scored the top spot... //

Pentatonix Perform on 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

Youthful a cappella group Pentatonix gave it their all and wowed the crowd on 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) last night. The Los Angeles-based group performed their unique take on Katy Perry's song 'E.T.' and afterward seemed real happy with how it went. Judge Sara Bareilles told the singers how she loved that each member of the group "had your little moment in that song where you just go to shine and to sparkle and we got to see all the dimensions of you." //

THE SING-OFF Season 3 Episode 2

THE SING-OFF  Season 3 episode 2 airs Monday September 26 at 8-10 p.m. ET on NBC. The Sing-Off  Show Synopsis:  The second set of eight groups perform together and individually for the judges with the hopes of being named the a cappella champion and receiving the $200,000 cash prize and a Sony Music recording contract. Nick Lachey hosts and Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman serve as judges. Groups performing include: The Collective, Dartmouth Aires, Messiah’s Men, North Shore, Pentatonix, Sonos, Soul’d Out and the University of Delaware Deltones. Read More... //

TV ratings: 'Two and a Half Men' opens huge, 'Playboy Club' weak Monday

Fast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 19, 2011"Two and a Half Men" kicked off the 2011-12 season in grand style, pulling in close to 28 million viewers and a huge 10.3 demographic rating Monday night -- basically double its average for original episodes last season. The platform also gave the premiere of "2 Broke Girls" a great launch."Dancing With the Stars" was down a good bit from its premiere last year, but it still led ABC to the total-viewer title for the night (helped by a strong premiere for "Castle"). On the other side of the ledger was NBC. Neither "The Sing-Off" nor "The Playboy Club" really gained any traction, leaving the network in a fairly distant fourth place for the night.ABC's consistent performance on the night gave it the No. 1 spot in viewers with an average of 16.9 million and a 10.9 rating/16 share in households. CBS (15.7 million, 9.5/14) came in a... //

Delilah's Amazing A Cappella Take on 'Grenade' for 'The Sing-Off' Premiere (VIDEO)

With FOX having two singing competition shows on the air now to balance their schedule, NBC unexpectedly found themselves able to mirror that winning formula. With 'The Voice' waiting in the wings for a 2012 return, the network debuted an expanded third season of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). With its emphasis on a cappella singing groups, 'The Sing-Off' manages to stand separate from its competition in bringing us vocal performances you simply can't see on any other show. Even 'The X Factor' with its group performances doesn't seem likely to get as involved as some of these groups do. //

Nick Lachey Talks About the Inspirational Atmosphere of 'The Sing-Off' (VIDEO)

NBC's A cappella talent competition 'The Sing-Off' returns for a new season tonight at 9PM ET. Host Nick Lachey made an appearance on 'Today' (9AM ET on NBC) to talk about the judging changes the show has made this season, and the inspiring musical atmosphere the show fosters. It's so contagious that Lachey has been working in the studio on a new project of his own. 'The Sing-Off' will have a new judges this year, as Sara Bareilles joins Ben Folds and rest of the crew. It will also have a longer season, as its moving to 16 episodes. Lachey said the new judges bring a wealth of energy, and experience, to a set that's already brimming with its own unique vibe. The show has struck such a nerve that not only is it creating A cappella groups as part of the competition, but singers are starting to form their own groups to compete for a spot in the competition. //

'The Sing-Off' exclusive sneak peek! It's a 'Magic Moment'

"The Sing Off" is set to debut Monday (Sept. 19) evening on NBC, but we've got an exclusive early look for you at this year's competition collaborating on a group cover of The Drifters' "This Magic Moment." What can we say? Magic happens.Even judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles couldn't stay in their seats.Watch it now: "The Sing Off" premieres Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Do you plan to watch, zappers?... //

New Sing-Off Judge Sara Bareilles Returns to Her A Cappella Roots: "It Was a Really Good Fit"

Before she sold a million records, before she had a No. 1 song and before she was nominated for three Grammy awards, Sara Bareilles was kind of a nerd, and she's not afraid to admit it. "We would choreograph dances at parties instead of doing keg stands. We were all so nerdy together," she tells of her college years spent in the UCLA a cappella group Awaken A Cappella. "My experience in an a cappella group totally shaped me at a really impressionable time in my life as a performer. It gave me a lot of my confidence on stage, because I was someone who was really insecure and felt a little lost in college." Read More... //