Monday, November 28, 2011
Arlington a cappella group Pentatonix won The Sing-Off
It was tough competition between Pentatonix and college singing group the Dartmouth Aires.
Pentatonix was the smallest singing group in the NBC reality show The Sing-Off, but it took home the biggest prize in Monday's finale -- $200,000 and a Sony Music recording contract. Consisting of just five members, the three founding members of Pentatonix are from Arlington.
The group was one of 16 teams in a singing challenge where competitors were not allowed to use instruments other than their own voices. Pentatonix stood out from the beginning as a small yet mighty group of talented singers and vocal percussionists, and they were praised regularly by judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Shawn Stockman.
The winner was chosen by votes from viewers, and host Nick Lachey said more than 3 million votes were cast.
Pentatonix on The Sing-Off singing “Video Killed The Radio Star”
Pentatonix consists of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, and Kirstie Maldonado, from Arlington; vocal percussionist Kevin Olusola and bassist Avi Kaplan were added to the group after the original three found them on YouTube. Olusola and Kaplan were often called the best vocal percussionist and bassist of the competition. Hoying has a soulful voice with a bit of a boy band vibe; Grassi was solid on harmony but breathtaking when given the lead; and Maldonado brought some sass and class as the only female member.
The group had an uncanny way of inserting mechanical sounds into their vocal arrangements, such as a breakdown near the end of "Video Killed The Radio Star" that sounded computer-generated. Folds said of Pentatonix in the finale that it has the capability to make a cappella mainstream.
Coming in second place on The Sing-Off was college group the Dartmouth Aires, known for their theatrics and personality onstage. Their lead singer Michael Odokara-Okigbo was a show stealer.
Third place went to Urban Method, a group known for "rappapella" -- the combination of lead female vocalists with a male rapper. Urban Method was the underdog of the competition, landing in the bottom every few weeks but still making it to the finale.
When Pentatonix was announced as winner of the competition, the group seemed shocked. "I don't even know what to say ... I'm just so humbled to have shared the stage with my best friends. They're my family," said Hoying. "And these 16 amazing groups; I can't believe this is happening."
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