The good news: NBC’s holiday a capella singing competition series “The Sing-Off” is returning for a fifth season. The bad news: the show will be a condensed version only, as the network will be running “The Sing-Off” as a one-night special. Read on for further details.
In a press release published on Zap2it, NBC has announced that “The Sing-Off” will be back as a two-hour one-night musical event on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. It will air from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The new schedule is a deviation from its format, as the show used to be a two-week competition on the peacock network.
As in the past, groups will be competing for the prize money worth $50,000. But while there were over a dozen groups in the contest in the previous years, this special engagement will just have six a capella choir competing.
There is also a minor change in the judging panel as Ben Folds, who has been one of the judges since the beginning, will no longer be part of the newest run. He will be replaced by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. Previous seasons’ judges, Jewel and Shawn Stockman from Boyz 2 Men, are still in the panel and Nick Lachey will still be back to host the show.
Last year’s winner, Home Free, has had much success with the release of their album “Crazy Life.” It hit the #1 spot in the country music category on iTunes. The group is set to do a tour soon and will be appearing on various daytime programs.
Meanwhile, “The Sing-Off’s” biggest talent, Pentatonix, the winning group of the third season, has also been doing very well in the business. The group has already come up with four album releases, including a Christmas CD. Pentatonix has over 6.6 million subscribers on their YouTube page and is touted as the one of the most subscribed music channel on the video sharing site.
“The Sing-Off” is produced by Mark Burnette (“The Voice”) with Sony Pictures Television and Outlaw Entertainment. Don’t forget to catch the one-night event on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.
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