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Home Free Steals ‘The Sing-Off’ With ‘Life Is A Highway’ On Night 2

Wed, December 11, 2013 11:35pm EDT by Andy Swift 5 Comments
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The country fivesome clearly dominated the night with the best performance of the competition thus far. God bless America!

The Sing-Off returned for round two Dec. 11, pitting the remaining nine a cappella groups against one another in the ongoing war of warbles. Of course, because TV war is different than real-life war, this week’s battleground was paved with “party anthems!” And sadly, one group’s party had to end a little early.

‘The Sing-Off’ Night 2 Results: Calle Sol Eliminated

Though talented, Calle Sol has always seemed to value style over substance, so I wasn’t too surprised to see them eliminated tonight. Plus, they did Ricky Martin‘s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” as their party anthem, so it was basically a suicide mission from the start.

‘The Sing-Off’: Ranking The Remaining 8

1. Home Free: “Life Is A Highway”

I’m not a country music fan, but I’ve been weirdly obsessed with this song ever since Saturday Night Live used it for that really dark “Rocket Dog” sketch. Anyway, I was strangely excited to hear Home Free perform this one, but I had no idea how much I was going to love it. The harmonies were tight, the energy was high; it was just perfect.

2. Vocal Rush: “Gonna Make You Sweat”

It’s hard to watch Vocal Rush without imagining them as an opponent of the McKinley High glee club, but even with their cherub-esque appearance, the high-schoolers are some of the most talented singers in the competition. This was an awesome throwback performance — especially since this song came out way before VR’s time. It’s nice to see youngsters with an appreciation for the classics.

3. VoicePlay: “Play That Funky Music”

No doubt about it, some white boys got funky this week. VoicePlay‘s performance was fun, funny and fresh; don’t even tell me you didn’t love the rap, followed by that slick breakdown. Start to finish, this was really just terrific.

4. Element: “Raise Your Glass”

Once again, I can’t not include the only all-female group this season in my top five. Element looked really comfortable on stage, and the performance was more than just energetic; it was surprising. Did you see that stomp-break coming? … I didn’t think so.

5. Filharmonic: “This Is How We Do It”

I’m not going to lie, it’s becoming difficult not to love Filharmonic. They’ve definitely got a touch of the Biebs in them — take that as you will — and when they hit, they really hit. Plus, this was an incredible song choice.

6. Ten: “Hot In Herre”

Ten‘s performance started off promising — how could it not with that incredible song choice? — and remained consistent. I also appreciated their physical formation, like they were creating an entire club scene. Wherever he is, I’m sure Nelly is proud.

7. aCoustiKats: “Hey Ya”

This song was once my ringtone in high school, so it has a very special place in my heart. That being said, the performance was good, and I enjoyed it — but it was a little much. Maybe this song doesn’t easily lend itself to a cappella, I don’t know.

8. Street Corner Renaissance: “Do You Love Me”

A sucker for those golden oldies, I was really excited for Street Corner Renaissance‘s performance of “Do You Love Me,” but it was sort of just OK. It was low-energy, and I expected more because it hits so directly in SCR’s range.

HollywoodLifers, do you think Calle Sol deserved to be eliminated? Which group gave the best performance tonight? Drop a comment with your review of the second episode.

The Sing-Off, NBC’s No. 1 rated a cappella music competition, is hitting the road this winter for the first-ever Sing-Off Live Tour! Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, December 20 at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets and for more information

— Andy Swift

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