December 8, 2010

Quick Thoughts: THE SING-OFF, Season 2, Episode 2

Night two of The Sing-Off has come and gone, and while I was still entertained by the show, it's quickly starting to lose some of its appeal. None of the performances were bad per se, but I just found myself tuning in and out rather than giving the show my full attention.

I'll be honest, Glee's ruined this show for me because I found myself liking their versions of the songs more than what the Sing-Off groups had to offer. On Monday, On the Rocks' version of "Bad Romance" paled in comparison to what New Directions put on, and the same could be said about "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Just The Way You Are". Heck, even Vocal Adrenaline's "Mercy" was more fun than Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town's. Then again, I'm biased towards Glee if you couldn't figure that out by reading this blog.

As for the performances themselves; Committed did an awesome job with One Republic's "Apologize", and the aforementioned Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town were able to make a song that's out of their wheelhouse their own. Right now, I'm writing in these two groups as the Finalists because they're by far the best of the bunch. A Committed/Lawson final would also give the fans a great old school vs. new school showdown. Dark horse contenders Groove for Thought and Street Corner Symphony had good outings as well (although I prefer the former).

By the end of the night, Eleventh Hour and the Whiffenpoofs sang their swan songs, and it's hard to disagree with the judges and their rulings. Eleventh Hour's "Just The Way You Are" didn't really work, and if Finn Hudson can out shine you then you know something's not quite right. I was glad to see the Whiffenpoofs go home because they bugged me right off the bat, and their version of Michael Buble's "I Haven't Met You Yet" was decent but nothing special.

It's always fun to hear popular songs with fresh sounds and stylings, but I don't know how much longer I'll be sticking with The Sing-Off. While I'm digging the grooves from Committed and Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town, I can easily watch their performances after the fact rather than dedicating four hours a week to the show. I'll give it one more shot on Monday, and go from there.


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