Episode 5 ‘Sing-Off’ Recap: For Your Guilty Listening Pleasure
After a couple of lame episodes packed with '60s-inspired musical numbers that made the entire show seem like a community-theater production of Hair, NBC's a cappella competition "The Sing-Off" triumphantly returned, and retuned, this week with its '80s/'90s-themed "Guilty Pleasures" night. And I don't feel the least bit guilty saying that this episode was, if I may lapse into '80s-speak, like totally rad. This was "The Sing-Off" at its bitchen best. Sure, it was still as cheesy as ever, but this was the kind of cheese I could really sink my teeth into.
For the first time this season, all of the teams competed on the same show, albeit still in their individual brackets (with one team apiece from bracket 1 and bracket 2 getting the boot). The eight teams that survived all belted out solid performances, but there were two crews that really made me want to moonwalk and cabbage-patch to their beatboxed beats. I would actually say that one of these performances, by Pentatonix, even tied Beelzebubs' "Magical Mystery Tour" from Season 1 for the top spot on my list of favorite "Sing-Off" performances ever. Like totally, fer sure.
Yellowjackets - I am not a Yellowjackets fan per se, but I realize now I like the 'Jackets a whole lot more when they're in Spice Guys mode, wearing Union Jack newsboy caps, adopting British accents, and zig-a-zig-ah-ing. The YJs' cover of the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" had lots of Boy Powered-energy and was good for more than a few chuckles; I enjoyed this jolly olde English side of them. "That was a ton of fun, and I'm laughing really hard. I loved that there was so much performing onstage!" said judge Sara Bareilles. Shawn Stockman said some of the harmonies were a little "flart" (his snicker-inducing term for "flat and sharp"), and he was a little spooked by the sight of a bunch of men slamming their bodies down and winding them all around, "but somehow I enjoyed it." And Ben Folds loved this peek into the Yellowjackets' Spiceworld, saying, "Everyone in room was smiling. Every four to eight bars there was another 'event,' which was really great arranging." I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want, from the 'Jackets: more performances like this one!