Originally, "The Sing Off" only showcased eight acapella groups. Since 2009, the show has come a long way. From four episodes to five in 2010, Season 3 is now giving 16 groups the chance to get heard. This also means far more episodes. Unlike most talent competitions, though, "The Sing Off" focuses on the singers, not how they sing with a band or how they wow America with a strange talent. For many, this show is the real life "Glee."
Unless you were a solo singer or a duet, most talent competitions had no room for an acapella group. There was definitely no chance of a recording contract. Now, you can find the winners' music from Season 1 and Season 2 on popular sites such as Amazon. So far, Nota and Committed have been the two groups to reap the benefits of being on the hit show. This offered chances they would have never found otherwise.
However, "The Sing Off" doesn't just help the contestants. Much like "Glee," the show has helped spread the word of acapella music. Instead of avoiding music groups and choirs, more and more people are now creating their own groups. Even past contestants who didn't win are forming their own super groups to compete once again, such as Season 3's Delilah. You don't have to fit a certain mold or be the perfect singer to be in an acapella group. The point of acapella is to make music without any instruments.
Do you make a great bass or sassy sax? You don't have to sing, but you can turn your voice into an amazing instrument. More and more people are finding music is far more than just singing songs on the radio. In the past, choirs and acapella groups had a hard time recruiting, especially guys. Now, we see more guys flocking to get involved than ever before. With acapella going mainstream, everyone wants to get in on the action.
"The Sing Off" is a lesson to anyone who wants to embrace music as a hobby or career. It takes hard work, but the journey is fun. Anyone interested in starting their own group must watch the show. Who knows, you could be the next contestant. With groups from throughout the world, music isn't limited. Gather your friends, sing your heart out and don't miss the next episode on NBC, Mondays at 8 PM EST.
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