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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by markz, Sep 20, 2011.
Well duh! I forgot! The OP was mine! Yes, I loved that one!
The other group that stayed around in this competition for way longer than they should was "The Collective." I still have no idea why they kept those guys hanging on as long as they did. My cynical guess is because so many in that group had industry connections.
Nothing against anyone in that group - I even have albums from Rachael Lampa, and I thought the other main female lead that they had would be great on Broadway or something. I just didn't think they made a particularly good acapella group.
Wow. I was 100% sure that I knew who was going home tonight (11/21)... and I was 100% wrong. I'm rather stunned.
IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!
I called the top two, and I thought there was a slight chance that Afro Blue would suck out another pass because the Aires were not on the top of their game this week, but as soon as Nick said that the judges were going to consider each groups' entire body of work over the course of the show, I knew that AB was finally going to go down.
The lead for the Aires holding the note extra long during the encore was great, especially since it was obvious no one else in the group knew he was going to do that; the guy responsible for starting the breakdown kept false starting (and laughing) waiting for the note to end.
I remember that last season, when they were supposed to go from 4 groups to 3 before the finale, all 4 groups were so awesome that they declared a 4-way tie and that all 4 were going to the finale.
I'm glad that wasn't even a consideration this time.
Truth be told, the Aires don't really have a chance next week either, but I'm glad it's them over Afro Blue.
At this point, it's a virtual lock for Pentatonix.
If I understand correctly, it's no longer under any influence of the judges at all; it's just the phone/text/net voting that matters now.
So I really couldn't even begin to guess how that turns out.
I do agree that the most likely winner is Pentatonix, followed by Urban Method as next most likely, but with "America" voting, anything can happen; I wouldn't be too surprised by any outcome.
Pst... this is an episode specific thread.
With such low interest in the show, it sort of segued into a season thread... I figured someone like the OP might have asked for a title change by this point. I'll do that now.
Don't mean to thread crap, and for those of you who enjoy the show, great.. I'm pretty sure I watched most if not all of season 1.. then I think I skipped season 2. (or maybe watched an ep or 2 and stopped).
But this season I realized the best way (for me) to watch this show.. I record it, then FF through everything BUT the performances.. (and even a couple of the performances, if they have rap in them or are _REALLY_ country songs). So it's performance, FF through the next commercial break, performance, FF.. and so on.. then the final goodbye performance at the end.
For some reason the competition part of this show is just really boring compared to others.. I guess no Simon Cowell or anybody I find interesting. But I like the performances..
If it weren't 2 hours (inc commercials) a week, then I might watch fully.
On the other hand, that's one thing I really like about the show - the judges are:
a) respectful of the other judges and the contestants
b) highly knowledgeable about music (particularly Ben Folds)
c) willing to provide genuinely helpful advice or constructive criticism
d) provided enough time to not give something that is simply a trite soundbite of an answer.
I don't think it makes this format boring, but I suppose it does lack the drama that the (rather useless/pointless) judging on a show like American Idol or whatever does. I'll gladly give up the drama.
The judging on the other shows is why I usually DON'T watch them. I like the judges here. No one is mean for the sake of being mean. They are critical when they need to be and not when they don't. And they are all knowledgeable of their craft. No one there JUST to be funny, or be mean, or be eye-candy.
Completely agree with Loadstar.
The family and I watched the first episode of "The X Factor" and we were ALL turned off. So we checked out the first episode of this show (had never watched it before), and it has become our favorite.
It's so nice to get real critiques of musicality and performance, rather than the nonsense on the other shows. A show that doesn't have all the fake "drama" and doesn't talk down to its viewers - SO refreshing on network TV
On the final three - Pentatonix is the one we think is most likely to actually transcend acapella. We enjoy the showmanship of the Aires (and have a connection to Dartmouth, so that makes it more fun). Not a big fan of Urban Method - I don't think the rapper is all that good, and I don't think they're a great acapella group (the sound never sounds as "full" as the other two groups). We really liked Afro Blue when they did jazzier stuff - not a fan of when they cut down on the jazziness of their arrangements.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Aires win, even though Pentatonix is more talented - the Aires have an entire university network to bring out the vote (though, as part of the network, I'll note we haven't gotten any "please vote for the Aires" emails). The Aires aren't going to transcend acapella - I could see them putting out a Christmas album or something, but that's about it. Pentatonix could become a modern, hipper version of Manhattan Transfer.
That's the way I've generally been watching it too. Same thing with TopShot. I don't care about any of the "reality show" nonsense, just want to hear the music. In previous seasons, I would skip the judges except for Ben Folds. I'd listen to what he has to say because I know he knows his stuff.
This season, I've actually been listening to all three judges, and they've all been insightful.
But other than the judges and the performances, yeah, FF everything else (especially Lachey). I assumed everyone else was doing the same.
Yup, Pentatonix. No big surprise there.
Was it just me or were the first performances that each of the three finalists did each group's worst performances for the whole season?
I think one of the Aires thought that Nick Lachey was going to announce the name of the final group to get eliminated rather than the name of the winner, because when he said "Pentatonix", as the camera was doing a zoom into Pentatonix, you could just see one of the Aires jumping for joy like he thought they won.
I don't know if I agree. Pentatonix and Urban Method weren't great, but I don't think I'd agree they were the worst performances of the season.
For Pentatonix, they just did a really bad arrangement of the Usher/David Guetta song that lost way too much of the original. I think they were a little too ambitious with the song choice, and there was no way they were going to capture the essence of the song. It reminded me of the Kesha "Your Love is My Drug" performance, one of the only times the judges actually panned them, another decently performed but badly arranged song..
Urban Method was just OK with the Gym Class Heroes song. It wasn't spectacular by any means... it was probably one of their weaker performances, but again, I don't think it was the worst.
I actually kind of dug the Dartmouth Aires doing "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," particularly when they pulled in that member of Delilah to do the female vocal. That was kind of cool. If there was a negative, I think that Michael (the lead vocal) has been pushing a little too hard the last few weeks, over-singing his vocals. He definitely can sing, but he's showboating with his voice and singing style.
Of the other performances, I think Pentatonix with Nick Lachey was by far and away the most impressive of the night. They kicked butt with that 98 Degrees song.
I am glad Pentatonix won. I have liked them the best most of the season.
None of the musical performances wowed me tonight except the all-girl performance of "You Make Me Feel" It was pretty cool!
It was nice to see that Smokey can still bring it.
I heard violins, and forgot everything.
When I watch (not very often this season), I just watch performances, Ben Folds' critique, and then FF to the next performance.
I can't wait for Howard Stern to come on as a judge!