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It is safe to say that one of the most disappointing events that can occur is when your favorite television series is in danger of being cancelled. NBC’s live vocal competition The Sing-Off is being canceled after only three seasons. Although there are many efforts to save the program, we really need to step up to the plate in order to keep this show going. Here at All A Cappella, we know how having platforms to feature a cappella music is extremely important.
On December 14, 2009, the first season of NBC’s vocal competition between a cappella groups started to air. Unlike other singing competitions on TV, The Sing-Off required competitors to arrange, rehearse, and perform songs each week. Most episodes had one or two themes for songs that competitors would need to prepare for. The show featured many celebrities as hosts, judges, and performers. 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey was the host. The three judges on the show were Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and Sara Bareilles (Bareilles’ spot was initially filled by Nicole Scherzinger in the first season).
The Sing-Off featured many talented a cappella groups, a majority of those coming for the collegiate level. Some of these were Tuft’s Beezlebubs, SoCal Vocals, Yale Whiffenpoofs, Berklee Pitchslapped, and The Dartmouth Aires. Professional a cappella groups were also featured on the show such as SONOS, Notas, and Pentatonix.
This unique program was one of the few niche places where a cappella groups were put in the spotlight. A cappella is a distinct genre of music that sometimes falls at the wayside to mainstream music. The Sing-Off was one of the shows that brought it to a broader audience. Because it was on primetime on NBC, the audience included people that might not usually go out seeking a cappella performances.
Also, the competitors received an unparalleled exposure that most a cappella groups only dream of. Groups had their renditions of songs from the show available to purchase on iTunes through The Sing-Off. This program highlighted some of the most talented groups across the country. It is clear that The Sing-Off played a significant role in the a cappella community.
If you are reading this, it is safe to say that you are an a cappella enthusiast. Without shows like The Sing-Off or All A Cappella, many groups would not have places to display their talents and listeners would have a difficult time finding a cappella music. If you are upset with the cancellation of The Sing-Off, you are not the only one.
There are still ways to convince NBC to bring the show back. You can check out the “Save the Sing Off” webpage, which features an online petition to sign and social media platforms to spread the word. Use your Twitter or Facebook for a great cause and show your support for The Sing-Off. This is the time for a cappella fans to stay together!