Why ‘The Sing-Off’ Is TV’s Best Singing Competition
'The Sing-Off' is hitting all the right notes (Lewis Jacobs/NBC)
The majority of these folks are quite talented and can do things with their voices that you don't hear on most shows of this nature. They push their limits, usually have a working knowledge of music theory, and know how to modulate their voices for percussion, bass, or even delicate melodies. And they all just seem really pleased to be there and competing. We're not entirely sure if they give these people some happy juice backstage, but the show exudes a positive vibe all the way around. The sounds they create are so rich that it's easy to forget there are no instruments. Sure, there are off-notes -- otherwise, no one would ever go home -- but by and large, it's music to our ears.
It's Like the Best Parts of "Glee"
You want to know what an actual show-choir competition might look/sound like? This program gives you a far better representation than the three groups on "Glee" competing at Sectionals. But for those who love that drama's actual-show choir moments, with the costumes the choreography, and the harmonies, this series will appeal to that sensibility. It's usually modern music (not all Journey!) done with an all-vocal twist and some dancing. And you don't have to worry about pesky storylines that don't make sense.
Tired of Paula babbling incessantly or Randy repeating phrases like "in it to win it"? This show has capable judges in the form of Ben Folds, Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, and Sara Bareilles, who offer up thoughtful and constructive criticism. And they're funny. Ben has a great dry sense of humor, Shawn has a sexy silliness when he's really enthusiastic about something, and newcomer Sara seems like a self-effacing fan girl. They're a great combo -- they are equally competent and they don't just mouth catchphrases over and over again. You definitely hear more detailed technical musical commentary than just "pitchy."