‘The Sing-Off’ Week 9 Recap: This Week’s Top Five
Vocal Point was silenced last night (Lewis Jacobs/NBC)
The judges weighed both performances in the most difficult elimination yet, and Brigham Young buddies Vocal Point didn't make the cut. Despite the uplifting vibe and stellar choreography that defined their first performance, a disjointed and lackluster arrangement of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" disappointed the judges and sealed their fate.
The R&B theme seemed tailor-made for many of our contestants, who embraced the challenge of re-interpreting the rhythmic genre. Here are our top five songs of the week:
(5) Vocal Point, "Every Little Step"
Yes, Vocal Point went home this week, but the judges were blown away by this first performance (Shawn even gave them a standing ovation). The boys channeled dance master Bobby Brown by pulling off some very intense, complicated choreography and complex vocal techniques. They proved their potential and had Sara's jaw on the floor. We're sad that this is the last we'll see of the wholesome, hardworking bunch.
(4) Afro-Blue, "We Belong Together"
These jazzy music majors from Howard University had the same results as last week -- one of their performances was incredible, the other a disappointment. This passionate arrangement of Mariah Carey's chart-topper saved them from being sent home and displayed their versatility and sophistication. Kristie, who took the lead, did an impressive job with Mariah's notoriously wide range and difficult lyrics. Once again, Afro-Blue's emotional connection to the song kept them in the competition.
(3) Urban Method, "It's Your Thing"
Hip-hop harmonizers Urban Method are on a mission to bring an urban flavor to what they call "rapapella" -- and the R&B theme suited them perfectly. Although their female members have been criticized in the past for being weak, landing the group in the bottom two, the girls were spotlighted in this song and left us wanting more. As Ben pointed out, Urban Method had to do some smart arranging to keep this simple, two-chord tune interesting.