And the Season 4 ‘Sing-Off’ Winners Are…
Home Free win "The Sing-Off" Season [photo: NBC]
It was a very "Sing-Off" Christmas this Monday night, when all 10 of this season's groups and the three judges performed various a cappella carols on the show's festive finale. Jewel joined finalists Home Free for a heartfelt (if somewhat overcooked) "Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas"; the adorably elfin Ben Folds sang a "Little Drummer Boy"/"Peace on Earth" medley with finalists Vocal Rush that did Bing 'n' Bowie proud; Shawn Stockman teamed with Ten for a fittingly titled "Joyful Joyful"; and even host Nick Lachey's 98 Degrees gathered onstage for a sweetly hokey "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
But Christmas truly came early for the merriest group of all, country crooners Home Free, who were crowned Season 4's "Sing-Off" champs — beating out seasoned pro backup singers Ten and real-life high school gleeks Vocal Rush for a Sony recording contract and $100,000 in Christmas cash, after performing a winning rendition of Hunter Hayes's "I Want Crazy."
Were Home Free — as chosen by the judges, not by America's vote — the right winners? Well, I'm still a bit surprised that the Filharmonic narrowly missed making this season's finale; I'd predicted two weeks ago that they'd take the prize, since they seemed to possess the same youthful appeal of "The Sing-Off's" biggest breakouts, Season 3 winners Pentatonix (who performed on Monday's finale and sounded as herald-angelic as ever). But two weeks ago, I'd also predicted that Home Free, surprisingly the first country crew to ever compete on "The Sing-Off," might be the act with the most commercial appeal. "I wouldn't be surprised if these guys eventually landed a record deal, even if they don't win this show," I wrote. But the Minnesota good ole boys did win this show, so their future seems especially bright now.