1. Home Free - Life Is a Highway
OPB: Tom Cochrane/Rascal Flatts
1. Vocal Rush - Gonna Make You Sweat (OPB: C+C Music Factory)
Once again their soloist was on point. Sarah Vela is a little powerhouse!!!! I enjoyed this performance slightly more than “Bottom of the River” it was much more high energy and it was nothing but clean, tight, vocal harmony… no bells and whistles. Also, I love that Shawn pointed out that none of them were alive when the song came out!
2. Home Free - Life Is a Highway (OPB: Tom Cochrane/Rascal Flatts)
YES! In my opinion EASILY the best performance of the night! I loved this arrangement from their live album “Live: From the Road” I love how they broke down the parts to build up the arrangement (Similar to Walk Off The Earth’s cover of “I Knew You Were Trouble”) Once again they were tight, cohesive, and clean. And Jewel mentioning that it was originally a rock song made me smile, most people don’t remember the original by Tom Cochrane and attribute the song to Rascal Flatts. My entire family picks Home Free to win!!!
3. VoicePlay - Play That Funky Music (OPB: Wild Cherry)
Voiceplay came to play (no pun intended) This performance was leaps and bounds over their first performance! The original rap by miss Honey LaRochelle really gave the performance exactly what it needed to make it original. I’ve heard groups tackle this song before but not like this!
4. Street Corner Renaissance - Do You Love Me? (OPB: The Contours)
This performance wasn’t as clean as their One Direction arrangement but they still held their own. The lead’s solo dancing was really good for them being middle aged men. I frankly don’t understand how this is considered a “party song” but they got the crowd going… I don’t see them lasting much longer in the competition though.
5. Element - Raise Your Glass (OPB: P!nk)
HOW HAVE THESE GIRLS ESCAPED THE ULTIMATE SING-OFF TWO SHOWS IN A ROW? The arrangement fell flat, there were too many unison vocal parts and they’re just a weak group as a whole and not doing it for me… They need to take notes from groups like the Acabelles and Musae, which ironically Jo and Rachel are alums of.
6. AcoUstiKats - Hey Ya! (OPB: OutKast)
This was your basic collegiate a cappella arrangement right down to the “chinga chings” and just when you thought it wasn’t going to go anywhere…. BOOM! Key change, yeah these guys shouldn’t have been in the bottom 2 after this performance
7. Calle Sol - Livin’ La Vida Loca (OPB: Ricky Martin)
This arrangement made no sense. Inconsistent tempo changes, slow start, and when it finally picks up it just doesn’t go anywhere. I felt like Calle Sol focuses way too much on their dancing and not enough on their arrangements and I’m glad they were the ones sent packing
8. TEN - Hot In Herre (OPB: Nelly)
Loved the way they spread out the leads and the main soloist was PERFECT on this song! They’re really blossoming as a group and they definitely improved from their first performance. The only thing I wish they did differently was added the “so hot” ad lib in the chorus…. This group is quickly becoming one of my favorites
9. The Filharmonic - This Is How We Do It (OPB: Montell Jordan)
We finally got to see the 90’s swag The Filharmonic bragged about in the first episode. I liked that they spread out the leads among all 6 of them, but Shawn was right Trace had some pitch issues on his part. The fun 90’s dance moves they threw in really made the performance stand out too.
Stay tuned this weekend for my review of Episode 3!
It’s gonna be a short night on tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off
1. AcoUstiKats, Street Corner Renaissance, The Filharmonic and TEN - In Your Eyes (OPB: Peter Gabriel)
2. TEN - Chain of Fools (OPB: Aretha Franklin)
3. AcoUstiKats - Amazed (OPB: Lonestar)
4. Street Corner Renaissance - Forget You (OPB: Cee-Lo Green)
5. The Filharmonic - One More Night (OPB: Maroon 5)
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