Missed all but I think the last 2 groups. Thought the girl who sang "If I Was a Boy" was in a little bit of trouble in the low notes, Committed was good but I am not interested in hearing each week how hard it is for them to do secular songs (meaning, I hope the show drops that angle - which they won't, of course).
Whenever the camera pans to the judges I have to remind myself that that isn't Kim Kardashian sitting in the middle.
I love Ben Folds. How the hell did he get wrapped up in this?
That group that got booted? SUCKED. At least on their goodbye song - they had so many keys going on I wanted to call them Alicia.
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I used to like listening to my college's a capella singing groups. I wonder if Ben Folds was in one. I think Sara Bareilles and Adam Levine were.
I actually enjoyed the Yale poofs as they were really entertaining. Thought 2nd half groups on the whole were much better than the groups in the 1st half.
The Whiffenpoofs sound far better live than they do on TV. They tend to give a very nuanced performance which is not as discernable via TV
LOL, I just watched the clip of the Whiffenpoofs. The guy during the introduction who talked about continuing the tradition of the uniform is actually a good friend of mine. I had no idea that they were on this program until I got a facebook invitation to come and celebrate their appearance this evening.
For anyone not used to Yale a capella, I could see how the performance as well as their demeanor would be very off-putting. The whole "we invented a capella" and "I feel inordinately powerful in my tux," as well as the golfing clips, probably did not win them any sympathies off the bat, but those things would just be met with laughter here. I agree that sense of tradition and irony are huge parts to their performance. Mika is a flamboyant singer, and The Whiffenpoofs, in their pressed formal tuxes and gloves, look like they would be anything but. One of the major points is how it looks like they would be breaking character, but by the end of the song, they calmly readjust their ties. There are also moments where they look deadly serious, which is again part of the irony.
I saw that performance a few years ago actually when the lead singer, Brennan, was with The Spizzwinks (a junior acapella group), and it completely brought the house down. By far, my favorite performance that night! However, I think it also had to do with the audience knowing Brennan's personality a little bit (in addition to singing, he's one of the best actors on campus), and this song is really kind of perfect for him.
I really liked the Poofs - they, and the old guys, were the best IMO.
I didn't like the high school ones (her voice was really shaky for half of it), the Beyonce ones (she had a hard time with the low notes), and the 'all about God' group.
Anyone else think that Ben Folds looks a bit like Dana Carvey?
"Grace Kelly" is a tough one to start with. It's quite wordy and goes up really high, so if you're not familiar with it, it can be hard to understand (although I think Brennan did a good job). Actually, I don't think the song is very well-known to most of America, probably only to that group of college kids who'd rather listen to British pop singer Mika than something more popular like Beyonce, and that itself is where they run into issues of appeal. The Whiffenpoofs are really very good, but their forte is doing traditional pieces, such as "Oh Shenandoah," but no one is going to vote for that on this type of show. Their style to singing and performing is more choral, old-school, "hit you with a wall of sound" rather than something more poppy like the Glee kids, so that's probably also not as appealing.
I have no idea who that conductor guy was who talked at the very beginning about how they invented a capella, but yeah, he seemed like a total ass. There are definitely some kids like that here, and it's so hard not to roll your eyes. A little haughtiness comes with being a part of a old, traditional institution like The Whiffs though. There are like 20 underclassmen a capella groups with members who prepare themselves for 3 years and dream of getting into the elite Whiffs, so when you get in (much like high school prep students trying to get into an Ivy League), you can definitely feel a little superior and entitled. The guys I know in the group though are really humble and nice, and I hope they do well next time too.
Ah, FSU! Where thread drift comes to play.
The George Bush comment though, ouch! Most hated alumnus ever, I swear. Next to John C. Calhoun.
I saw a few clips from the other groups. I actually thought the lead singer to Men of Note was great. Too bad that the background kids looked scared sh*tless. Wasn't that big of a fan of Committed (Maroon 5), but On the Rocks (Gaga) was really good, especially with all of that choreography. I love that the singers weren't classically good-looking, because that adds to the humor. The Pitch Slapped group could have used a lesson from that. I heard they deliberately changed the male singer from the chubby guy who normally does it to this Justin Timberlake lookalike for the show. Guess it backfired.
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I just really like some of the group names. Pitch-Slapped! LOL!
They were good, but not the quality I would expect from Berklee folks.
Ah, FSU! Where thread drift comes to play.
Pretty good from On the Rocks. Unexpected song choice. They do choreo really well.
Great job from Street Corner Symphony. Made me not hate that song for a few minutes.
Eleventh Hour with some shaky lead vocals IMO. Didn't think their arrangement on this was as good as what the did with the Bieber.
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