THE SING-OFF “Radio Hits and 60’s Classics: Part 2” Review

THE SING-OFF “Radio Hits and 60’s Classics: Part 2” Season 3, Episode 4 – This week’s episode of The Sing-Off started off with the most theatrical opening so far this season. The vocalists from the second bracket of The Sing-Off performed an arrangement of Plain White T’s “Rhythm Of Love” with choreography and background sets that would have felt right at home on Glee.

Now, before I cover the good and the bad of tonight’s episode, I have to address the ugly: lower lash strips. With my a crisp HD feed, I can see where the edges of those lower lash strips have lifted off and come away from the natural eye line. With the intense overhead stage lighting, those strange lower lash strips cast a very unflattering shadow on these lovely faces and some of those women look like their mascara has streaked down their face. I’ve seen how great those lower lash strips can look in the right environment and on the right face, but they look terrible on the TV stage of The Sing-Off and I’m hoping they’ll stop wearing them soon.

With that out of the way, let’s get on to the singing.

It was no wonder that North Shore was the first group to move onto the next round tonight. They made a wise choice with Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song” for their radio hit and their performance of “Unchained Melody” was just as emotional as the original. It’s always hard for me to get past their old-guys-in-bowling-shirts style when I watch their reels, but the minute Guy effortlessly begins to sing, I remember that I really don’t care what these guys look like. They’re entertaining and cute on stage and like Shawn says, Guy’s lead vocals are like silk.

The Dartmouth Aires chose “Animal” by Neon Trees and “Pinball Wizard” by The Who for their two performances. Their choreography for both was totally silly and while the judges still think their performances scream “youthful energy”, their performances are sometimes so ridiculous that I can’t help but laugh out loud when they get on stage. (I suppose it doesn’t help that one of their members reminds me of Moss from The IT Crowd every time he’s on stage… which of course, only makes everything so much funnier.)

Pentatonix was my favorite group from the second bracket in their first week, and while I still think they’re going to go to the top 5 in this race, they made some really risky choices with their arrangements that didn’t always pay off tonight. I think Ke$ha’s “Your Love is My Drug” was probably not the best song choice for their group, but, like the judges, I was very impressed with the second half of their arrangement. I loved the way they were able to use their voices to pull off such a great electronic remix sound. Their rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” won the judges over and this time both Shawn and Ben applauded their unusual reggae arrangement that caught them off guard.

To be honest, the performances by The Collective and Deltones are both kind of hazy in my memory. The Collective performed Far East Movement’s “Rocketeer” ft. Ryan Tedder and “Hold On, I’m Comin” by Sam and Dave while the Deltones peformed “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga and “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes. I really liked The Collective’s performance of “Hold On, I’m Comin” but it feels like the group relies too heavily on Ruby to make them interesting. While both these groups were relatively well received by the judges, nothing much stood out about their arrangements and their performances were both somewhat low energy even if they sounded fine.

Sonos got booted off tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off and I think the judges were right on the mark with that decision. Sonos seemed to want to turn every song they performed into some kind of sultry ballad. It worked well enough when they sang “Wicked Game” in the first round, but it didn’t really work for Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” and their melodramatic arrangement of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” was just depressing – not because it was a poor arrangement, but because it missed the heart of the original.

Next week, the top ten will face off as both brackets combine in The Sing-Off. I have some thoughts on which groups I think I’d like to see go home next, but it’s still anyone’s game and I’d be just as excited to see one of these groups knock my socks off when I least expect it.