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.