The Sing-Off

The Sing-Off
The Sing-Off
(The Sing Off)
Genre Reality television
Format Interactive
Presented by Nick Lachey
Judges Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Nicole Scherzinger (2009–2010)
Sara Bareilles (2011–present)
Theme music composer Dylan Berry, Mike Geier
Composer(s) Dylan Berry, Mike Geier, The House Jacks
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 9
Executive producer(s) Joel Gallen
Sam Weisman
Deborah Jelin Newmyer
Producer(s) Deke Sharon
Original channel NBC
Picture format HDTV
Original run December 14, 2009 – present
External links
Production website

The Sing-Off is an American television singing competition featuring a cappella groups. It premiered on NBC on December 14, 2009, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

It is hosted by Nick Lachey (formerly of the boy band 98 Degrees), with judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman (of the R&B vocal group Boyz II Men), and originally Nicole Scherzinger, later replaced by Sara Bareilles.[1] The show's music staff all come from the a cappella community:[2] Deke Sharon, Bill Hare, Ed Boyer and Ben Bram.

A capella groups from the United States, including Puerto Rico, are chosen by audition and advanced in the competition based on judges' eliminations until the finale, with the winners being determined by viewer votes.

The program has featured guest appearances by various popular artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Natasha Bedingfield, Jay Sean, Smokey Robinson, Neil Diamond, Boyz II Men, and Sara Bareilles.[3][4]

On February 22, 2011, The Sing-Off was renewed for a third season and is slated to air on September 19, 2011.[5] Unlike previous seasons, this will start in September and will have more episodes produced.

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 4 December 14, 2009 December 21, 2009
Season 2 5 December 6, 2010 December 20, 2010
Season 3 11[6] September 19, 2011 November 28, 2011[7]


Season 1: 2009

The Sing-Off
Season 1
Broadcast from December 14, 2009–December 21, 2009
Judges Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Nicole Scherzinger
Host(s) Nick Lachey (NBC)
Broadcaster NBC
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Song "Down"
Genre(s) Pop

The show featured eight a cappella groups performing popular songs live. The winner's prize was $100,000 and an Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract.[8]

The first episode saw all eight groups perform together, and then they began to perform as individual groups singing their signature songs. The first four performed with one, Face, being eliminated. Then the next group of four performed with Solo being sent off.

The second episode saw all six groups perform two songs: in the first half of the show, each group performed one big hit from recent years; and in the second half, they each sang one "guilty pleasure" song. In the end, Noteworthy was eliminated.

The third episode had the five remaining groups perform a medley from a classic artist, after which the judges sent Maxx Factor home. In the second part of the show, the four remaining groups performed songs that the judges picked specifically to showcase each group's strengths, after which The SoCals were sent off.

At the end of the third show, viewers were asked to call or text to vote for one of the remaining groups, Voices of Lee, The Beelzebubs, and Nota. The group with the most votes was revealed in the finale, and in the end Voices of Lee was revealed to come in third place halfway through the finale, with Nota being declared winners the final five minutes.


Contestant School Finish Number
of members
San Juan, Puerto Rico
NA Winners 6
The Beelzebubs
Medford, Massachusetts
Tufts University Second 12
Voices of Lee
Cleveland, Tennessee
Lee University Third 10
The SoCals
Los Angeles, California
University of Southern California Eliminated
Episode 3
Maxx Factor
Baltimore, Maryland
NA Eliminated
Episode 3
BYU Noteworthy
Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University Eliminated
Episode 2
Omaha, Nebraska
NA Eliminated
Episode 1
Boulder, Colorado
NA Eliminated
Episode 1

Song History

Opening Song "Under Pressure" by Queen/David Bowie No Song "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2
Original Airdate Dec 14, 2009 Dec 16, 2009 Dec 18, 2009 Dec 21, 2009
A Cappella Group Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 – Finale
Nota "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz "Down" by Jay Sean "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees A medley of The Jackson 5 "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers "The Tracks of My Tears" by The Miracles (with Smokey Robinson) "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Darlene Love (with Nick Lachey) "Drive My Car" by The Beatles (with Bobby McFerrin) "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by War (with Ben Folds) "Down" by Jay Sean (with Jay Sean)
Beelzebubs "Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles "Right Round" by Flo Rida "Come Sail Away" by Styx A medley of The Who "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond "Where is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore (with Nicole Scherzinger) Eliminated at end of show on Episode 4
Voices of Lee "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield "No One" by Alicia Keys "Freedom! '90" by George Michael A medley of The Beatles "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King "Pocket Full of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield (with Natasha Bedingfield) Eliminated mid-show on Episode 4
The SoCals "Somebody To Love" by Queen "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship A medley of Journey "Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkel Eliminated at end of show on Episode 3
Maxx Factor "Dancing Queen" by ABBA "Love Story" by Taylor Swift "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse A medley of The Beach Boys Eliminated mid-show on Episode 3
Noteworthy "Think" by Aretha Franklin "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips Eliminated on Episode 2
Face "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi Eliminated on Episode 1
Solo "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derülo Eliminated on Episode 1
Swan song Face – "Home" by Daughtry

Solo – "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Noteworthy – "Happy Ending" by Mika Maxx Factor – "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver

The SoCals – "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake

Voices of Lee – "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music

The Beelzebubs – "We Gotta Get out of This Place" by The Animals

Season 2: 2010

The Sing-Off
Season 2
Broadcast from December 06, 2010–December 20, 2010
Judges Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Nicole Scherzinger
Host(s) Nick Lachey (NBC)
Broadcaster NBC
Origin Huntsville, Alabama
Song "We Are the Champions"
Genre(s) Gospel and Pop
Street Corner Symphony

In the second season of the show, premiering on December 6, 2010, the number of groups was increased from 8 to 10, with all acts coming from the United States. Nick Lachey returned as host for the second season, as well as the three judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Nicole Scherzinger.

The program aired for 5 nights on December 6, 8, 13 and 15, followed by a finale on December 20, 2010 (between 8-10 p.m. ET each night). The season premiere averaged 8.5 million viewers[citation needed].

In the first episode, the groups sang their signature songs, in which Pitch Slapped and Men of Note were the first two groups eliminated.

In the second episode, the remaining 8 groups were to sing a modern song that was released in the past 5 years. In the end, Eleventh Hour and The Whiffenpoofs were eliminated, leaving 6 groups in the competition.

The assignment for the third episode was to cover a rock song and a "guilty pleasure" piece, in which Groove for Thought was eliminated.

The fourth episode's challenge was to sing a medley of songs by a noteworthy artist. On the Rocks was eliminated after this phase. In the next part of the episode, the remaining groups performed songs chosen specifically for them by the judges. One more group was supposed to be eliminated, but the judges chose to put all four groups through to the public voting rounds, which means that this is the only season to put all four groups that can make it to the finals.

On the night of the finale the competitors took turns performing selections with guest artists Sara Bareilles, Sheryl Crow and Neil Diamond, as well as each of the judges.

First to be eliminated by viewer votes was Jerry Lawson and The Talk of the Town; next was The Back Beats. Last two standing were Street Corner Symphony and Committed, with the latter winning the trophy and prizes.


Contestant School Finish Number
of members
Huntsville, Alabama
Oakwood University Winners 6
Street Corner Symphony
Nashville, Tennessee
N/A Second 6
The Backbeats
Los Angeles, California
Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town
Oakland, California
N/A Fourth 6
On The Rocks
Eugene, Oregon
University of Oregon Eliminated
Episode 4
Groove For Thought
Seattle, Washington
N/A Eliminated
Episode 3
Eleventh Hour
Kettering, Ohio
Fairmont High School[9] Eliminated
Episode 2
The Whiffenpoofs
New Haven, Connecticut
Yale University Eliminated
Episode 2
Men of Note
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill High School West Alumni[10] Eliminated
Episode 1
Pitch Slapped
Boston, Massachusetts
Berklee College of Music Eliminated
Episode 1

Song History

Opening Song "I've Got the Music in Me" by Kiki Dee "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon "21 Guns" by Green Day "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Lennon/McCartney "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Jackie DeShannon
Original Airdate Dec 6, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 Dec 13, 2010 Dec 15, 2010 Dec 20, 2010
A Cappella Group Episode 1 - Signature Songs Episode 2 - Big Hits Episode 3 - Guilty Pleasure & Rock Songs Episode 4 - Superstar Medley & Judge's Choice Episode 5 – The Finale
Committed "This Love" by Maroon 5 "Apologize" by OneRepublic "Every Breath You Take" by The Police "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys Usher Medley of "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love", "U Got It Bad", and "Love in This Club"" "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men (with Boyz II Men) "Hold My Hand" by Michael Jackson and Akon Victory Song: "We Are the Champions" by Queen
Street Corner Symphony "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train "Creep" by Radiohead "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners Beatles Medley of "Eleanor Rigby", "Help", and "Hey Jude" "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival "Gone" by Ben Folds (with Ben Folds) "Fix You" by Coldplay Runner-Up
The Backbeats "If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé "Breakeven" by The Script "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi "Love Shack" by The B-52s Lady Gaga Medley of "Poker Face", "Paparazzi", and "Just Dance" "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles (with Sara Bareilles) "Firework" by Katy Perry Second Runner-Up
Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town "Save the Last Dance for Me" by The Drifters "Mercy" by Duffy "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones "Easy" by Commodores Otis Redding Medley of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", "Try a Little Tenderness", and "Respect" "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (with Nicole Scherzinger) "Love Train" by The O'Jays Third Runner-Up
On The Rocks "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga "Live Your Life" by T.I. and Rihanna "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard "Kyrie" by Mr. Mister Elton John Medley of "The Bitch is Back", "Bennie and the Jets", and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Eliminated on Episode 4
Groove For Thought "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner "Changes" by David Bowie "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates Eliminated on Episode 3
Eleventh Hour "Baby" by Justin Bieber "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars Eliminated on Episode 2
The Whiffenpoofs "Grace Kelly" by Mika "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Bublé Eliminated on Episode 2
Men of Note "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel Eliminated on Episode 1
Pitch Slapped "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship Eliminated on Episode 1
Swan song Pitch Slapped – "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam

Men of Note – "Take a Bow" by Rihanna

Eleventh Hour – "Leavin'" by Jesse McCartney

The Whiffenpoofs – "Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Crüe

Groove for Thought – "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra On the Rocks – "The Final Countdown" by Europe Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town – "Hit the Road Jack" by Percy Mayfield

The Backbeats – "Goodbye to You" by Scandal

Street Corner Symphony – "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray

Season 3: 2011

The Sing-Off
Season 3
Broadcast from September 19, 2011–November 28, 2011
Judges Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Sara Bareilles
Host(s) Nick Lachey (NBC)
Broadcaster NBC
Origin TBA
Song "-"
Genre(s) -

The Sing-Off was renewed for a third season and premiered on September 19, 2011 (unlike the previous 2 seasons when it was held in December).[5] This will be the first Sing-Off Season to include 16 groups of a cappella singers. On May 16, 2011, it was announced that judge Nicole Scherzinger would not return as a judge for this season due to her duties as one of the judges of The X Factor,[11] and that Sara Bareilles would replace Scherzinger on the judging panel.[12]



Contestant School Finish Number
of members
Washington, DC
Howard University TBD 10
Dartmouth Aires
Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College TBD 16
Arlington, TX
Urban Method
Denver, CO
Vocal Point
Provo, UT
Brigham Young University TBD 9
Los Angeles, CA
NA Eliminated
Episode 8
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester Eliminated
Episode 7
The Collective
Nashville, TN
NA Eliminated
Episode 6
The Deltones
Newark, DE
The University of Delaware Eliminated
Episode 5
North Shore
Boston, MA
NA Eliminated
Episode 5
Los Angeles, CA
NA Eliminated
Episode 4
Kinfolk 9
Los Angeles, CA
NA Eliminated
Episode 3
Soul'd Out
Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville High School Eliminated
Episode 2
Messiah's Men
Minneapolis, MN
NA Eliminated
Episode 2
The Cat's Pajamas
Branson, MO
NA Eliminated
Episode 1
Fannin Family
Hortonville, WI
NA Eliminated
Episode 1

Song history

Key to table
In Bottom 2 of bracket, sang in elimination battle
In Bottom 2, no elimination battle
Opening Song A: "Fuckin' Perfect" by P!nk†
B: "Sing" by My Chemical Romance
A: "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
B: "Rhythm of Love" by Plain White T's
"All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars Halloween Medley: "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon and "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire
Original Airdate A: Sep 19, 2011
B: Sep 26, 2011
A: Oct 3, 2011
B: Oct 10, 2011
Oct 17, 2011 Oct 24, 2011 Oct 31, 2011 Nov 7, 2011 Nov 14, 2011
A Cappella Group Episodes 1 & 2 - Signature Songs Episodes 3 & 4 - Current Hits & '60s Favorites Episode 5 - Guilty Pleasures Episode 6 - Hip-Hop Episode 7 - Superstar Medleys Episode 8 - Country & Rock Anthems Episode 9 - R&B
Afro-Blue (A) "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae "American Boy" by Estelle "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by The Miracles "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Fugees Janet Jackson medley of "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "When I Think of You" and "Miss You Much" "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Dartmouth Aires (B) "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder "Animal" by Neon Trees "Pinball Wizard" by The Who "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida feat. David Guetta Queen medley of "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Somebody to Love" "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" by Big & Rich
Pentatonix (B) "E.T." by Katy Perry "Your Love is My Drug" by Ke$ha "Piece of My Heart" by Erma Franklin "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West Britney Spears medley of "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Toxic" and "Hold It Against Me" "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland
Urban Method (A) "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem and Rihanna "Just Can't Get Enough" by The Black Eyed Peas "Dance to the Music" by Sly and the Family Stone "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe "Airplanes" by B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams Rihanna medley of "What's My Name?", "Umbrella" and "Only Girl (In the World)" "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood
Vocal Point (A) "Jump Jive an' Wail" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra "Never Say Never" by Justin Bieber "The Way You Look Tonight" by Fred Astaire "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112 Elvis Presley medley of "Don't Be Cruel", "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Jailhouse Rock" "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks "Life Is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane
Delilah (A) "Grenade" by Bruno Mars "Whataya Want from Me" by Adam Lambert "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara "How to Love" by Lil Wayne Alicia Keys medley of "Fallin', "A Woman's Worth" and "If I Ain't Got You" "Dream On" by Aerosmith "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry Eliminated on Episode 8
YellowJackets (A) "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli "Wannabe" by Spice Girls "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco Billy Joel medley of "The River of Dreams", "She's Always a Woman" and "Uptown Girl" Eliminated on Episode 7
The Collective (B) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele "Rocketeer" by Far East Movement feat. Ryan Tedder "Hold On, I'm A Comin'" by Sam & Dave "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo Eliminated on Episode 6
The Deltones (B) "Feels Like Home" by Randy Newman "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes "Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette Eliminated on Episode 5
North Shore (B) "Runaround Sue" by Dion "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News Eliminated on Episode 5
Sonos (B) "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 Eliminated on Episode 4
Kinfolk 9 (A) "Secrets" by OneRepublic "Price Tag" by Jessie J "Let It Be" by The Beatles Eliminated on Episode 3
Messiah's Men (B) "People Get Ready" by The Impressions Eliminated on Episode 2
Soul'd Out (B) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair Eliminated on Episode 2
Fannin Family (A) "Who Says" by Selena Gomez & the Scene Eliminated on Episode 1
The Cat's Pajamas (A) "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad Eliminated on Episode 1
Sing-Off Battle Song N/A "Just a Dream" by Nelly N/A
Swan Song Fannin Family - "Tomorrow" from Annie
The Cat's Pajamas - "Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers
Messiah's Men - "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", traditional
Soul'd Out - "Mama, I'm Coming Home" by Ozzy Osbourne
Kinfolk 9 - "Loser" by Beck
Sonos - "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men
North Shore - "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" by The Spaniels
The Deltones - "Goodbye to You" by Michelle Branch
The Collective - "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan The YellowJackets - "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba Delilah - "Survivor" by Destiny's Child

† The collected groups performed the "clean" version of Fuckin' Perfect at the beginning of episode 1.
For the first four episodes, the competition was divided into two brackets, here labeled A and B, with each round divided over two episodes.


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