‘The Sing-Off’ Finale Recap: This Week’s Top Five
Motown legend Smokey Robinson joined Afro-Blue on the "Sing-Off" stage (Lewis Jacobs/NBC)
All the theatrics led up to the announcement we've been waiting for: Based on home viewer votes, Pentatonix, cutting-edge mix masters from Texas, are "The Sing-Off's" Season 2 champions and winners of the $200,000 prize and Sony Music recording contract! They beat out irrepressible Ivy Leaguers the Dartmouth Aires and "rapappella" inventors Urban Method -- stiff competition indeed. Pentatonix, known for a futuristic techno style and risky, modern arrangements, proved that not only are they superb vocalists, but also genius musicians -- and well deserving of "The Sing-Off" crown.
The big reveal was thrilling, but the exciting array of high-energy performances leading up to it were what kept us glued to our TVs. Here are the finale's top five moments:
(5) Smokey Robinson and Afro-Blue, "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"
Afro-Blue got the ultimate condolence prize for getting booted last week -- the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform with the legendary Smokey Robinson, who took over the lead vocals on his hit song. Afro-Blue's sophisticated, timeless sound backed the surprise visitor up perfectly, and the performance was an unexpected treat for viewers.
(4) Pentatonix and Nick Lachey, "Give Me One More Night (Una Noche)"
We loved this performance not only because it featured our champions, Pentatonix, but also because we had almost forgotten that host Nick Lachey is a singer, and an excellent one at that. This nostalgic a cappella arrangement of the classic 98 Degrees hit took us right back to the boy band era, and made us wonder what happened to Nick's career! Nick poked fun at himself by offering to tour with Pentatonix after the show.
(3) Ben Folds and the Dartmouth Aires, "Not the Same"
Boyish musical mastermind Ben Folds and the playful Dartmouth Aires teamed up for a performance that couldn't have been more adorable. Ben proved that he deserves his judge's seat by leading the entire audience in a three-part harmony before launching into his quintessential hit, "Not the Same." We couldn't help wishing he had played the piano -- but this is a cappella, after all.