Wow! We’ve already made it to episode 9 of The Sing-Off. It’s Rhythm and Blues night for the groups! First they sing their favorite contemporary R&B hits. Second they sing the greatest R&B hits of all time.
Opening Number: R&B Medley comprised of I Can’t Turn You Loose/I Got You (I Feel Good), ABC, and Crazy in Love.
They all got a standing ovation from the judges.
[I've starred my favorite performances...as usual...enjoy!]
*1) Dartmouth Aires – Ignition (Remix) by R. Kelly
My favorite part was the bounce bounce part where they did a little bounce.
This was a great performance. So entertaining. Their dancing was crazy. So cute!!
Sarah Bareilles: It was just so charming and entertaining.
Shawn Stockman: I tell you what, there were so many uncomfortable moments. I’ve never seen you guys like that before. [Talking about the guys acting sexy.]
Ben Folds: Always entertaining. The group as a whole is grooving…I’d like to see you do all ten of them…all of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet series.
*2) Urban Method – Knock You Down by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West
Their female lead singer, Katy’s voice is tired. Their rapper, Mike, is excited to rap Kanye West.
Beautiful arrangement. Katy really does have a big voice. I’m so glad we get to hear more of it.
Shawn: First of all, I would like to say how proud I am of you guys…Katy, man, I’m so happy. I’m happy for you…out of everybody on that stage tonight, you’ve grown the most and I’m so proud of you.
Ben: Richard, you are one of the best beat boxers on the show.
Sarah: You know, Urban Method, you are like the little engine that could…I love seeing you guys play with the arrangement.
*3) Vocal Point - Every Little Step by Bobby Brown
These poor boys are dealing with school and the competition. They’re trying to do major dancing with this Bobby Brown song. They’re trying to prove that they’ve got soul too.
Their dance moves were fresh. Good Job guys. Their arrangement was on point. Wow.
They got a standing ovation from Shawn…and rightly so. WWWWWOOOOOWWWWW.
Ben: It was really good. That was a lot of fun and uh wow. Tanner…that was all you for a second, singing and dancing and beatboxing …and everyone else shut up.
Sarah: My jaw was on the floor…the fact that you guys just tackled that enormous amout of choreography.
Shawn: Man, that was impressive. Like, yall had the whole new edition coordinating steps here and there… walkin that way…Robert, I see how that goes…the whole low voice talking thing.
4) Afro Blue - We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
Christie is singing lead and is nervous about remembering all the words.
Sarah: I love you. I love you…I’m really glad to see that your emotional connection to the song is the reason you gravitate from one way to another.
Ben: Yeah, I feel like we’re really getting somewhere now.
Shawn: I think you guys are starting to understand the methods behind arranging. Sometimes you don’t have to do a lot to be effective.
*5) Pentatonix – OMG by Usher featuring Will.I.Am
It was difficult for one of the members, Kevin, to do this song because of his religious beliefs and the explicitness of the song.
They changed some of the lyrics for Kevin.
Their arrangements are always fresh and exciting…so are their dance moves. They are probably my favorite to win right now.
Shawn: I’m tired of saying that you’re good. Avi did something with his voice that will.i.am needed EQs and a soundboard to do…Kevin and Avi are freaks of nature.
Sarah: I didn’t care for that at all. You know it’s good when we all laughed. It was a joke…you keep finding ways to inject your personality into this arrangement…you guys are great thanks.
Ben: Shawn had the right words…smart arranging…You hit some really interesting chords together too…yeah, that was brilliant. Nice works.
Epic Hits from the Past
6) Dartmouth Aires – Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips
The Dartmouth Aires didn’t have a lot of extras for this song. They relied mostly on their vocals and arrangement. The question is: will that be enough to impress the judges?
Ben: Nice work guys, that was really nice…you’ve got such a timeless style, Michael.
Shawn: Michael, sometimes emotion overrides perfection, if you know what I’m saying.
Sarah: That was beautiful. That was just really beautiful.
7) Urban Method - It’s Your Thang by The Eisley Brothers
The ladies really asserted themselves in this song. Wow. I’m so proud of the ladies.
Shawn: I wanted it to keep going. Honestly, I thought Mike was going to break into something crazy.
Ben: Well you recognized the challenge of the song ’cause it only had 2 chords in it the whole time…Kim, I think you came closest to capturing the feeling of the song.
Sarah: I thought that was a really strong showing for you guys…Kim, that was awesome. That was awesome.
8 ) Vocal Point - Ain’t too Proud to Beg by the Temptations
They set the bar really high earlier tonight with their great singing and dancing stylings to a Bobby Brown song. This song is more about the vocals. They still kept to some of their classic dance moves. It was a pretty good performance for me. I’m not quite as impressed.
Sarah: Oh that was sweet. That was really sweet.
Shawn: Let me shout out to Tanner and Robert for keeping the groove.
Ben: Next time I’d like to see you step up the dynamics.
9) Afro Blue – The Best of My Love by The Emotions
They had the cutest outfits. Shawn Stockman was bopping his head along to the song. This song was very smooth. I enjoyed it a lot.
Ben: Nice work, yall. Danielle, you’re a great singer, such a great singer.
Sarah: You are a group full of total powerhouses.
Shawn: To think that you guys started out as a class at Howard…now look at you.
*10) Pentatonix - Let’s Get it On by Marvin Gaye
I’m expecting a lot of this group because they’re my new favorites. If they lose, the group will be broken up. That’s not okay. Their opening sound effects for this song were awesome! How are they going to put a Pentatonix spin on this? They added subtle Pentatonix flares to this song without straying too far from the song. This was incredibly tasteful and soulful. This was one of my favorite songs of the night.
Shawn Stockman stood up mid-song and gave the lead singer, Scott, a ‘yeah boy’. They got a standing ovation from ALL the judges.
Shawn: It was aight [joking]. Man, I can’t express enough how incredible that was. That was an incredible rendition of one of my most favorite singers of all time.
Ben: I love it when Shawn gets that way. I think there’s going to be a suspicious bump in the birth rate in nine months.
Sarah: Oh, Good Lord. That was unbelievable. You guys are incredibly professional and incredibly polished at what you do.
Bottom Two – Vocal Point and Afro Blue
Vocal Point is going home tonight. That’s so sad, but at least they can focus on school now.