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Have a Very Merry, '90s-tastic Christmas. Love, 'The Sing-Off'

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | December 24, 2013 | Comments ()


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The Sing-Off finale aired last night and the country quintet Home Free deservedly took home the top prize. (Those notes they hit in their rendition of “Ring of Fire”? Downright impressive.) But what really warmed my ’90s-loving heart were the performances by all three judges — Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men), Jewel and Ben Folds — as well as Nick Lachey along with the rest of 98 Degrees. Yes — all those guys are 98 Degrees are still alive! To completely round out my childhood flashbacks, Stockman even performed “Joyful Joyful” from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit because he is definitely down with G-O-D. Glorious.

Even though NBC’s stylists dressed the contestants as if it were the Hunger Games and they were visiting Panem’s Capitol, and the choreography that was forced upon them was cringe-worthy at times, The Sing-Off’s fourth season was a successful one. Here’s hoping for another season.

In the meantime, enjoy these nostalgia-heavy holiday performances.

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.




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  • That "Joyful, Joyful" is definitely getting downloaded today. SO good.

    Nice to see Pat Benatar's still got it, too.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    If I didn't know what the words meant, and I didn't know the original song, then I might have enjoyed Ring of Fire. But that rendition - even when I heard it on the commercials - is tepid and devoid of any emotion. The lead singer for that group has obviously been given the gift of amazing vocal chords, and they seem like sweet guys, but a big fat no to them.

  • Kim Voeks

    Really? The bland country group beat the professionals and the kids? Color me unimpressed.

  • Yeah, I was disappointed, but I bet the judges were thinking of how easily packaged and marketed they'll be. I myself was hoping for Ten to win. I didn't think the kids would win - they're so young, and the group composition might change as some of them graduate out. That's also why I don't think a college group will ever win.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Seriously. I threw something. A boot I think.

  • alannaofdoom

    Yeah, I am neither surprised nor pleased.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I was DEEPLY invested in the kids.

  • A. Smith

    I was surprised they got 3rd.

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