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“The Sing-Off” judge lineup confirmed

The Sing-OffThe schedule and lineup of judges has been announced for the fourth season of NBC Television’s hit a cappella competition show The Sing-Off.

Ben Folds joins returning judge Shawn Stockman and new judge Jewel, who replaces Sara Bareilles. Nick Lachey continues as host.

The show will air as a holiday strip, similar to the first two seasons when it appeared over multiple nights for a short run in December. The third season was a weekly serial running across the first half of the season. Contestant auditions were held in four cities in April of this year.

The Grammy-nominated Jewel just finished starring as June Carter Cash in Lifetime Television’s biography Ring of Fire. She’s also released a greatest-hits album this year.


‘Bubs started it all, says Folds

BeelzebubsThe current a cappella craze has its roots in college groups and glee clubs, and The Sing-Off’s first season runner-up started it all, says Ben Folds.

Folds, one of the three judges on NBC’s vocal music competition show, credits the Tufts Beelzebubs, the devilish sixteen-man a cappella group from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with starting the migration of vocal groups to the forefront of public consciousness.

A story in Boston’s BostInno  quotes Folds, who gave the group high praises for their having brought the long-brewing vocal music genre to the people. The ‘Bubs have been in existence since the 1960s with a constantly changing cast as students enter and graduate the university. They’ve released several albums of their tight harmonies and crisp vocal percussion, and provided the voices of one of the fictional glee clubs on the television series Glee.

“The Sing-Off” third season debuts

The third season of NBC-TV’s hit a cappella show The Sing-Off debuts this evening (Monday, Sept. 19) at 8:00 PM (ET) in the US. The first eight contestants appear on tonight’s show.

Ben will be blogging his observations on the show and contestants, with each episode’s blog post going up shortly after the show concludes in the Pacific time zone. There are links to his current season blog as well as last season’s blog, Twitter feeds and more info in the right column.

“The Sing-Off” contestants announced

NBC-TV has announced the expanded field of contestants on the third season of the hit a cappella competition show, The Sing-Off. They are: (more…)

Sara Bareilles joins Ben on “The Sing-Off”

NBC Television has announced that three-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles will be joining the panel of judges on the hit a cappella contest show The Sing-Off this fall when the third season debuts on Monday, September 19. (more…)