‘The Sing-Off’ Week 6 Recap: This Week’s Top Five
Pentatonix locked down the top spot this week (Lewis Jacobs/NBC)
(Hulu) — "The Sing-Off" was back for a sixth episode after last week's devastating double elimination, where two groups were sent home after hitting a sour note with the judges. Eight groups out of the original 16 were back this week for their hardest challenge yet: hip-hop track night, where contestants were tasked with re-interpreting popular hip-hop tunes by stripping them down to the bones -- no synthesizers, no instruments, just human voices. According to R&B royalty judge Shawn Stockman, this episode is the first time a show on primetime has ever devoted an entire night to hip-hop, making it momentous for contestants and viewers alike.
"The Sing-Off" had another "first" this week: The bottom two groups went head-to-head at the end of the night for the first ever "Sing-Off" battle, taking on Nelly's club classic "Just a Dream." Nashville's The Collective faced off with The Yellow Jackets from Rochester University, but the country crooners had to bow out of the competition out after the judges got lost in their complicated arrangements. We'll miss their signature southern sound, and front woman Ruby, who never failed to make a good impression.
The Collective wasn't the only group thrown off their groove. The hip-hop theme put almost all of our contestants out of their element, and cranked up the pressure for the bassists and beat-boxers among them. Despite their struggles, there were some superb songs this week. Here are our Top Five songs from Week 6:
(5) Urban Method, "Airplanes"
Urban Method had the obvious advantage this week as the only group who regularly performs hip-hop tunes, and who pride themselves on their unique, gritty approach to a capella. Expectations were high, and rapper Michael was feeling the pressure as the other groups prepared to take on his turf. A last-minute song change, solid vocal delivery, and the addition of surprising vocal sound effects that sounded like crickets and synthesizers saved this Denver group from going home. It was also refreshing to see a seasoned rapper in his comfort zone after a night of wincing at the earnest efforts of first-timers.
(4) Afro-Blue, "Killing Me Softly"