Phil said I had to finish the season so here I am watching our Top Five accappella groups sing a mash-up of “I Feel Good”, “ABC” and “Crazy In Love.”  Tonight the theme is R&B.  Each group will sing two numbers; a contemporary R&B song followed by a classic.  Let’s see what the Top Five has!

 

Dartmouth Aires  (“Those College Guys That Don’t Wear Yellow”)

  • Song:  “Ignition Remix” by R. Kelly
  • My Thoughts:  I’m surprised no one has done this song before; it’s really the perfect accappella song.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Sara doesn’t even know what just happened, but she did like it when one of the singers rubbed his ass all over television.

 

Urban Method (“The Rappers”)

  • Song:  “Knock You Down” by Keri Hilson
  • My Thoughts:  I really don’t like the lead female’s voice.  It just didn’t fit with the song and it felt like she was trying too hard.  With the exception of AfroBlue, this group had the biggest advantage in this category and I expected more.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  The judges all really liked it with the exception of a few little “singing things.”

 

Vocal Point (“The Mormons”)

  • Song:  “Every Little Step” By Bobby Brown
  • My Thoughts:  They did this adorable little Backstreet Boys-style dance.  Gotta love the Mormons.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  They judges were amazed by the combination of dancing and singing.  This group always gives a great performance, even when they’re out of their element.

 

AfroBlue (“The Black Group With The One White Girl That No One Talks About”)

  • Song:  “We Belong Together” By Mariah Carey
  • My Thoughts:  This category was clearly chosen for this group.  If they didn’t rock it, there would be no excuse.  That being said, it was a little boring.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Ben completely believed the performance.  What is there to believe, Ben?  Shawn really liked the arrangement and thinks they are really starting to hone that method.

 

Pentatonix (“Those Kids That Sang At Starbucks”)

  • Song:  “OMG” by Usher
  • My Thoughts:  Again, I really want to dislike this group, but they are really good.  For being such a small group, they have a great sound that really keeps up with the larger groups.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Shawn is tired of saying that they’re good.

 

As we move into the second half of the show we go back in time to classic R&B.

 

Dartmouth Aires (“Those College Guys That Don’t Wear Yellow”)

  • Song:  “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips
  • My Thoughts:  The lead was beautiful.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Sara thought they really committed to the performance and Ben noted how well the group worked together.  Wow, way to be generic, guys.

 

Urban Method (“The Rappers”)

  • Song:  “It’s Your Thing” by The Isley Brothers
  • My Thoughts:  There was so much going on in this arrangement, but it didn’t feel disjointed.  The female lead in this performance really came through.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Shawn and Ben both wanted it to go on longer and loved the arrangement.

 

Vocal Point (“The Mormons”)

  • Song:  “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” by The Temptations
  • My Thoughts:  I don’t know anything about singing (other than I sound best in the shower), but this was not their best performance.  They felt off and that’s all I can say.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Sara felt the performance was also disjointed, but she liked their purple ties.

 

AfroBlue (“That Black Group With The One White Girl That No One Talks About”)

  • Song:  “Best Of My Love” by The Emotions
  • My Thoughts:  This was a great choice for the group.  The girls rocked it and the guys provided a great back-up.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Ben said it wasn’t percolating.  I don’t know what that word means.  He also thought there were holes in the chorus, but he really love their jazz style.

 

Pentatonix (“Those Kids Who Sang At Starbuck”)

  • Song:  “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
  • My Thoughts:  I love the “wah wahs” in the beginning.  Okay, this group has officially won me over.
  • Judges’ Thoughts:  Shawn was speechless and cannot express enough how incredible the performance was.  I think he wants to get it on with Pentatonix.  Sorry, bad joke.  Ben also loved the “wah wah” and thinks a lot of babies are going to be born in nine months.

 

At elimination, the judges’ narrow it down to AfroBlue and Vocal Point.  AfroBlue manages to skate by on the skin of their teeth once again and Vocal Point is headed back to Utah singing their swan song, “Let Me Go Home” by Michael Buble.