12.20.2010

The Sing Off finale -- already?!

Tonight's the finale show...and although I like that the show doesn't drag on like other contest shows, I'm kinda sad to see this one go.

The show opens with the final four singing a great rendition of Put a Little Love in Your Heart by Annie Lennox & Al Green.  Toward the end of the song, the judges joined in.  The crowd was on their feet.

After the commercial break and introductions, Committed performs Motownphilly with Boyz II Men.  Only three of the Boyz are there.  I remember there were only three last year too, but I don't think I ever found out what happened to the fourth.  Aw man...they told America to sing along, but I can't--I've lost my voice.  Otherwise I'd be right there.  The guys all sounded great.


The Whiffenpoofs sing us into the commercial break, but I don't know the song.

Next, the Backbeats perform King of Anything with Sarah Bareilles, who also used to sing a capella at UCLA, just like some members of the group.   

Nicole performs Ain't No Mountain High Enough with Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town.  Nice.  They did a mix of Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell's version and The Supremes' version.  Great job.

The high-schoolers, Eleventh Hour sing Justin's Bieber's Baby on the way to the commercial break. 

When the show returns, we see that Ben Folds will be performing with Street Corner Symphony.  They're singing...I don't know what.  I do know that Ben sounds slightly out of tune.  Oh, I looked it up--it's Ben Folds' song Gone.  I usually love this group, but I didn't love this performance.  Don't know if it's Ben Folds or the song itself that I don't care for. 

Jazzy group Groove for Thought sings Mike Posner's Cooler than Me into the break.

Next, the Backbeats and Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town accompany Sheryl Crow on her song Long Road Home.  Uh-oh...is that an instrument I see?  Sheryl's playing her guitar.  They all sound good though.  Jerry got to do a little duet with Sheryl at the end--it sounded great.

I guess Neil Diamond is coming out next.  Nick Lachey says everyone has at least one Neil Diamond song they love to sing.  Um....I don't really have one, as I'm not a big fan--but that's besides the point.  The groups and judges go through their favorites:  The Backbeats sing Cherry, Cherry.  Ben Folds sings Cracklin' Rose.  Jerry Lawson et al sing Song Sung Blue. Shawn Stockman -- I have no idea what song it was.  I can't even look it up.  Oh wait...I listened again.  It's Holly Holy.  Committed sings I'm a Believer.  Nicole sings I Am...I Said.  Nick Lachey sings America, and Street Corner Symphony sing Sweet Caroline.  (Well, someone had to sing it.)  Neil Diamond takes the stage and performs one of his favorite songs, "Ain't No Sunshine" from his new album, Dreams.  Street Corner Symphony and Committed are backing him up, nicely I might add.  Especially when they got to "I know, I know, I know".....sounded fantastic! 

Next we have a "Special Holiday Treat."  Nick Lachey and the Final Four are performing What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder.  Fun performance.  I think Stevie would be proud.

Nick tells us that the holidays are a time to give back to the community, and we're shown a little clip of the groups working in the community, and that each group will perform songs of hope.  The Backbeats go to Hope Gardens to spread holiday cheer.  Hope Gardens is transitional housing for single moms.  The group helps the kids decorate a tree.  They also perform.  Very sweet.

Next, the Backbeats perform Katy Perry's Firework. They do a nice job--all that's missing is fireworks shooting out of their chests.  The judges reflect on the season, and Ben says they have so much texture and nuance in what they do.  He likes that they bring the emotional content to the song each time.  Ben and Shawn both commented that we had to wait this long to hear Kenton (the guy who put the group together) sing.  Are they forgetting Love Shack???   Anyway, Shawn likes that they have so much depth and such a diverse group of people.  He gives Kenton hats off for putting the group together.  Nicole blathers on about ice cream sundaes.  They're like all her favorite flavors of ice cream, and Kenton is the bananas, Joanna are the rainbow sprinkles and Courtney is the cherry on top.  Okaaaaaay.

Men of Note take us to the break with Billy Joel's The Longest Time.

After the break, we're taken along with Committed as they visited  Suva Intermediate School to surprise the After School all-stars.  After School is a national program that serves kids from low income families in inner city areas.  The group played rugby with the kids, learned some dance moves and performed for and with the kids.

They then perform Hold My Hand by Michael Jackson and Akon.  I really hope these guys win.  They are so great.  Ben says he learned some new vocabulary to describe this group:  buttah, dope, stupid dope, sick and bad ass.  When we get to Nicole, she's in tears--she said she was really moved by the song.  She likes their message of love and light.   That puts tears in some of the guys' eyes too.  Shawn says they're the embodiment of why The Sing Off is the best TV vocal show right now and that they're awesome.

Next Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town visit Ability First, who work with adults with physical and developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome.  The group painted ceramic ornaments and performed and danced for, and with, the members.

For their song of hope, they sing The O'Jay's Love Train.  Great performance.  I love these guys too.  Nicole, holding back tears, said they are "our teachers, and show us that there are no limits to who we can be in our lives.  I feel like what you're doing up there is beyond music.  You inspire us all and I just wanna say it was a true honor to share the stage with a legend."  Shawn said that everything built in this world has a foundation, and these guys are the foundation.  He said they're here because they're good at what they do--it has nothing to do with age--and that they make the show what it is.  Ben says that whenever they sing, he forgets it's a competition because they always put the song first.  He said, 'I think you young men are going to have a fine future."

Next, Pitch Slapped perform I Got the Music in Me, by the Kiki Dee Band, into the break.

And finally, the guys from Street Corner Symphony visit a middle school in East L.A. to hand out some guitars donated by Fender to a group called Little Kids Rock which provides music education for students across the United States.  The guys and the kids have a jam session, and the guys give some singing lessons.

They perform Cold Play's Fix You.  This song will forever remind me of Robert & Allison's beautiful  performance on SYTYCD that was choreographed by Travis Wall for his mom. [Sorry I couldn't embed the video here--embedding is disabled.]  Anyway, SCS does a great job with the song.  They're joined by the other groups too.  Beautiful.

Shawn says you can not have a heart and not have been moved by that performance.  He said their harmonies are pure and the Jeremy is the ultimate perfect front man.  Nicole says they're authentic, real musicians.  Ben says they're bridging the rock world and the a capella world.  He added that what made the show for him is that every one of the ten bands on the show is talented in their own right.

Results are coming.  First they'll announce the top two groups, and the other two will sing their swan songs.  My prediction:  top two will be Committed and Street Corner Symphony.

Ok, America has voted, the first group to leave the competition is:  Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town.   Nick asks for final thoughts and Jerry said it's been a wonderful experience to sing with Talk of the Town and he gave props to all the groups on the show.  He said they're family and there are no winners or losers, because they're all winners.  For their swan song, they sing Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles.  Class act.

The next group to go is:  The Backbeats.  Committed and SCS are American's top two groups.  Courtney said the group is grateful to be where they are.  Their swan song is, Goodbye to You by Michelle Branch.

I'm so proud of America.  This is just how it should be.  I'm really pulling for Committed, but will be happy either way.   We take a look at each group's climb to the top.

My faves from each:

Street Corner Symphony singing Creep:



Committed singing Apologize:



On the Rocks sings Final Countdown before the results are announced. 

After the break, it's the "moment of truth."  The group that has won the cash prize, a Sony music contract, and the Sing Off title is: 

[insert dramatic music and LONG-ASS pause here.]


COMMITTED!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOO-HOO!!!  I'm SO happy for them! 

It's time for Street Corner Symphony's swan song, which is Drift Away by Dobie Gray--perfect song for them.   Bye guys.

And finally, Committed performs a soulful version of We Are the Champions, and they're joined by the rest of the groups. 

Aww....season's over.  *sniffle*  Great show!

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