I was drawn to this show because I love accapella... it's real, natural talent. This show has all of it and with different ages and styles and backgrounds of passionate performers make it great to watch over and over again!
A Capella singing ranges the gamut of sounds and styles, from the lush vocal harmonies of Honey in the Rock to the eccentric style of The Bobs, but you wouldn't know it from this show, which grabs 8 of the most conventional A Capella groups it can find and sticks them up on stage to do battle. A couple of the songs were interesting, most notably a cover of Queen's Somebody to Love, but even the best groups were more notable for the choreographed showmanship than for doing anything especially interesting with the music.
It didn't help that the sound was off. Consistently throughout the show microphone's would shift in volume, seriously undercutting the bands. It's a fairly shocking failure in a show devoted to lots of people singing; perhaps wireless mikes just don't work as well when 20 people use them at once? Whatever the reason, it made the show feel rather messy.
I only watched the first episode, and even then I wound up skipping past the boring band bios and the judges comments (what do I care what judges have to say about dull songs?) I have no intention of watching any more of this. FAIL.
Just the human voice. The judges are well informed and masters of their craft who give in depth critiques of each groups performance that go way beyond "You we're a little pitchy." The performers are insanely talented mainly because they have to be. This is due to the fact that they have to work without a safety net.
The songs and voices are definitely decent. The judges are all pretty legit but a little boring in their critiques. What I really don't like though is all the sob stories that the groups have. I would rather hear more singing then story after story about how their wives almost died. I'll probably watch at least one more time but if things don't get a little more interesting, it's definitely going to be a pass. For being only a week long show, I don't see how they plan to build up the drama but if the show does take off, I'm sure we'll be seeing auditions and all the other stuff American Idol already does.
I thought the 1st season was brilliant. Now comes the 2nd season. I look back on the 1st season and think. I never expected a show where everything is literally on the line ever episode. The vocals are amazing, the tones made by the singers are just breath-taking. Every team is always stepping up their game, the judges actually can all JUDGE on the same level. One of the most entertaining shows I've seen in a while, always confident and daring to go that extra step to be a great show. I hope ot has a very succesful future ahead.
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