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NBC made the return of The Sing-Off seem depressing

NBC’s much-better-than-it-sounds holiday competition series The Sing-Off will return this December, and that should be happy news, but it’s mostly said. That’s because judge Ben Folds won’t be returning, and the series has been reduced to a single two-hour special featuring six groups. The prize has also been reduced from $100,000 and a Sony recording contract to just $50,000. …

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The Sing-Off: pure joy

NBC’s The Sing-Off returned after two years last night, reminding us of the power of pure, raw, impressive talent from incredible a cappella groups–and the power of a network competition show that just celebrates and showcases singing. Besides simple introductory packages for the groups and judging following the performances, there is minimal time-wasting or drama-creating …

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Was it a mistake to expand The Sing-Off and give it a full, fall season?

The Sing-Off concludes its third and first full season tonight, as either the Dartmouth Aires, Pentatonix, or Urban Method will win the a cappella singing competition. But moving the show to the fall as a placeholder for The Voice may have been a mistake. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ratings are down significantly: they’ve have dropped more than …

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