Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sing-Off Season 5 – No longer A Cappella

Dr. Shawn Stockman's instagram post announcing the Sing-Off auditions for Season 5.

It was a rumor which started as a simple instagram post on Tuesday September 9, 2014, shared by Co-Judge Shawn Stockman on twitter. It's a simple photo announcing that the Sing-Off vocal group show will be returning to NBC for a 5th Season and there would be auditions beginning at the end of this month:
Los Angeles – Tuesday September 30, 2014
Nashville  – Thursday October 2, 2014
New York – Saturday October 4, 2014

Judging by the response on twitter and instagram, the fans and potential contestants are indeed excited and thrilled to be a part of a 5th Season.

After much anticipation, details were released on the official Sing-Off casting page.

The big news is that the Sing-Off, which debuted in 2009, is no longer an A Cappella show, which restricted performers to emulate all sounds of instruments, including bass and percussion, using only their voices combined with occasional hand claps and snaps. For the first time, instruments and backing tracks will be allowed into the audition portion of the competition. Apparently, the Sing-Off has been transitioned to become a vocal group show, instead of an A Cappella show.

Competitors should prepare three songs, with two of the songs being popular pop or rock songs performed in any style the group wishes, from big band to blues, gospel to rock, alternative to jazz, and so on. Each song cannot be longer than three minutes. Groups must consist of at least 4 members, with the maximum set at 20 members this year.

If accepted, groups must be available to compete in Los Angeles from mid November to December. 

Shawn Stockman will return as one of the judges. It is unclear who else will be returning to the show. As more details are announced, I will add them here in my blog. 

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