I am typically not one for all the reality TV and contest shows that makes its way around the major networks with spin-offs on the smaller cable channels at the start of each new television season. When American Idol came out it absolutely appalled me both with its idolizing of a single “star” and with its emphasis on the drama surrounding the singer instead of the vocal talent of the singer itself. Then came Americas got talent and with all the media hype going to Hasselhoff who really cares about the actual talent of the contestants; certainly not the media.
With all hope almost lost for any real good talent contestant show which actually highlights the talent of its contestants, teamwork over idolization, and focuses on the music and its difficulty without the stardom hype of an over rated judge or host came The Sing-Off. The Sing-Off debuts a capella choirs/groups without any musical accompaniment. As a musician also, I know a little of how difficult that is. And as they are choirs, not individuals, the added dimension of working together and listening to one another is there. This teamwork dimension is especially what draws me to The Sing-Off.
I also like the fact that last season alone, there were two highly talented and unashamed christian groups. The one which actually won the competition were always shown, on national TV, singing in churches and talking about their faith. You will never see that on American Idol or Americas Got Talent. The second group was the Voices of Lee which is a singing group from Lee University where I went for undergraduate education. Amazing that a Christian, and Pentecostal at that, school got its name out there through a national TV talent show. But I like that the Sing-Off was willing to allow these groups to be on the program and to have gotten as far as they did.
So, tonight, if you’re wondering where I will be, I will be watching the Sing-Off. And if you’re still unsure about this show, than watch this extended preview of tonight’s show provided by NBC: http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/video/The-Sing-Off-Extended-Preview/1352023