“Glee” it was not, but NBC’s a cappella sing-fest “Sing Off” did manage to provide some much needed musical therapy in its two-hour finale Monday night.
Puerto Rican underdogs Nota’s win - over the plucky Beezlebubs and the Voices of Lee - was nearly overshadowed by the celebrity guest performances that included Smokey Robinson, Boyz II Men (including judge Shawn Stockman), Bobby McFerrin, judge Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Natasha Bedingfield, and judge Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five and solo fame).
Of particular note was the Boyz II Men medley, which for anyone who rocked out to “Motownphilly" while wearing some colorful jams in junior high was a delightful romp through the band’s old hits, including "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" and “End of the Road.”
Nota was clearly a fan favorite during the competition. Their stylized beats and well-conceived adaptations of old-school and contemporary songs proved they deserved the win. The six-man group took home a $100,000 cash prize and a Sony recording contract.
Breaking into the mainstream as an a capella group isn't easy, but with this kind of exposure who knows how far these boys from Puerto Rico can go. The group’s beat-boxin’ version of the Jay Sean hit "Down" has already been viewed nearly half a million times on YouTube as of Tuesday morning.
Their harmonies were off. Apart from David none of them could sing solo.
I was VERY disappointed that they won - I think it was a demographics issue.
I did not think that they were wonderful - their stage presence wasn't good or pleasant to watch; their harmonizing was null.
I enjoyed the show but was let down at the outcome.
It is hard to imagine what this group is gonna achieve.
Can you believe this crew have been together for only three months???
God bless you NOTA. The sky's the limit.
They were fabulous! No other words needed.
I thought that this group was amazing. I think that their variety of of music talent was awesome. I am not a reality show person at all... but this group had me glued to my seat! And wow... thier Micheal Jackson set.... simply amazing... I just wanted to get up and dance every time they were on stage!!!!!
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