Back in March, piano man Ben Folds told me in an interview that The Sing-Off, an a cappella competition on TV on which he was a judge, wasn’t “slutty” enough. As in: It’s a feel-good show where people doo-wop on TV. There aren’t a lot of risque outfits. There isn’t (usually) fighting among competitors. Or fighting among judges.
Folds said back in March he wasn’t sure if the show was going to return to NBC — a guess based on what he believed TV networks were looking for and not based on the many merits of a show like The Sing-Off. Thankfully, he was wrong: It will return for a single two-hour special — no several-date shows this time — though Folds isn’t in the fold anymore. Host Nick Lachey returns, as do judges Jewel and Shawn Stockman. Taking Folds’ place will be Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump.
The Dec. 17 TV broadcast will feature six a cappella groups, and the winner will receive $50, 000.
Then, next year, Sing-Off bands tour the country, with the second-to-last stop in Dallas at the Majestic Theatre April 20. Performers will include VoicePlay (season 4), Street Corner Symphony (season 2) and one unnamed group.
Could it be Sing-Off winners Pentatonix, the world’s most popular a cappella group right now and winners of season 3? No, they’re on tour halfway across the country at the same time.
The unnamed group will be one of the six performers you’ll see on the Dec. 17 show — we just don’t know which one yet.
The tour and the show are put together by Deke Sharon, who was musical director and arranger for Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. (Aca-awesome.)