Monday, December 19, 2011
'Natural Woman,' 'Born to Run,' and Ben Folds's 'Not the Same' Performed on The Sing-Off Finale
I am on break and catching up via OnDemand TV the shows that I like but missed during the semester. I enjoyed this performance on NBC's finale of The Sing-Off: Ben Folds singing his song "Not the Same" with the Dartmouth Aires and the audience. (I need to contemplate that song's meaning.) Although Michael Odokara-Okigbo of the Aires did not show his chops during "Not the Same," I expect to see him show up on Broadway and television in the future. He was clearly the star of that group over the course of the season, which was especially obvious in the group's performance of a Queen medley during the middle of the season.
I missed the episode in which Howard University's Afro-Blue was voted off. I hope to see some of the students from that group pop up in the entertainment industry again, especially Christie Dashiell.
I also enjoyed the girls from all the groups singing Aretha Franklin's version of "Natural Woman" (Carole King wrote the song). The performance video's posted below. Most of the young women are from the all-female a cappella group Delilah.
The guys sang Springsteen's "Born to Run." Lots of energy.
Pretty much, I enjoyed the whole show, in which Smokey Robinson also appeared and sang with Afro-Blue. The three finalists were Urban Method, the Dartmouth Aires, and Pentatonix. I won't tell you who won, but you can look it up online, or watch the finale at NBC's site here, and take the hint that the $200,000 grand prize will be divided by five. I liked all three finalists, and I think the right group won out of the three groups left.