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'The Sing-Off' judges go a cappella behind the scenes -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Oh, so that’s what they do during breaks on The Sing-Off set! Apparently, in between a cappella music, there’s…more a cappella music!

The Sing-Off premiered its fourth season Monday night to a 26 percent bump in ratings since its last premiere more than two years ago. That increase could be due to many things: a lead-in from ratings powerhouse, The Voice; the presence of a new judge on the panel, Jewel; or perhaps it’s because this might just be the happiest competition show on television.

Nowhere is that earnestness more evident than in the exclusive clip below. Judges Ben Folds, Jewel, and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman, join with host Nick Lachey to practice what they preach in between filming, giving an “impromptu” a cappella performance of Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling.” Fingers crossed they’ll re-create the video for David Hasselhoff’s version next.
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'The Sing-Off' elder statesmen slay One Direction cover -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Your favorite mom-and-pop a cappella competition show is back in less than two weeks, and it’s time to get ready for the doo-wop.

The Sing-Off‘s unique sound is a mix of old and young, classic and new; and this exclusive clip of the premiere episode, airing Dec. 9, is the show at its most endearing. Street Corner Rennaissance, the oldest group in the competition, manages to even out-charm those 1D moppets, putting a soulful spin on One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” in their debut performance.

Judge Shawn Stockman is so impressed, he’s compelled to get up and give a round of hugs to the gentlemen of SCR. You better believe I’d be giving them hugs too, if only to see if some of their cool would rub off on me. Check out sneak peak below:
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'The Sing Off': First look at Mark Burnett's revamped season 4

The time is upon us. The moment we’ve been eagerly awaiting since 2011: Nick Lachey is back hosting the fourth season of cult-favorite, The Sing-Off, and we can only hope he’ll be wearing more jewel toned dress shirts than ever before!

Though short, the exclusive trailer below has everything you’ve been missing from your non-instrumental singing competition shows: Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” a Jennifer Hudson look-alike and a couple of good ole boys dropping the butt-rattling bass on “Life Is a Highway.” But all is not as it once was in a capella land. Now that The Sing-Off is officially “from the producers of The Voice” (which, oddly enough, premiered a year and a half after The Sing-Off) it seems like the charms of its previously, lesser-NBC-show quality might be returning with a fresh new glaze. And, of course, new judge, Jewel (Sara Bareilles, miss you, girl).

The best aspects of the show are still alive and well; now the kitschy matching group outfits just come with the judges in front of a fancy backdrop and a heaping dose of almost-Voice-quality graphics. But the real question is, do their chairs spin? Hopefully not. I don’t know that Ben Folds could ever recover from the giggle fit that might induce.

Check out the trailer for season four of The Sing-Off, premiering December 9th at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, and get excited for the second coming of Pentatonix (and a lot of other good groups, but come on, Pentatonix): READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' taps Jewel as judge

The Sing-Off has found its new judge: Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel is coming to NBC’s cult-favorite a cappella competition series this winter.

Jewel will join Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds as judges on the show, and Nick Lachey will return as host. The singer replaces exiting singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles on the show.

“There are very few musical artists as accomplished and talented as Jewel,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative programming. “Her addition to The Sing-Off judges panel, along with our stellar team of Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, raises the showmanship of the series up another notch.” READ FULL STORY

Sara Bareilles leaving 'The Sing-Off' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The X Factor and The Voice aren’t the only singing shows shaking up their judging panels this year.

Sara Bareilles is leaving NBC’s competition series The Sing-Off. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter wants to “focus on her music,” says a source close to Bareilles. She replaced original Sing-Off judge Nicole Scherzinger for the show’s third season after Scherzinger departed to Fox’s X Factor.

The move creates at least one opening on the judges panel for the lively a cappella competition. The show is  being overhauled for its upcoming fourth round by its new executive producer — The Voice and Survivor guru Mark Burnett. It’s not yet clear if there are more departures to come. The show stars host Nick Lachey, and judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' coming back to NBC for Season 4

Brace yourselves, a-caholics! EW has confirmed that NBC is bringing back its a cappella competition The Sing-Off for a fourth season.

“I am happily able to confirm that casting is going on. The show is back!” producer Deke Sharon tells EW over the phone. A casting call site went live today, and Sharon says that, within minutes, there were already group registrations pouring in.

The Sing-Off was never officially canceled after its super-sized third season, which earned lackluster ratings in fall 2011, but NBC passed on picking it up for a fourth go-round in 2012. Still, in the time that has transpired, a cappella’s popularity has surged. The Sing-Off‘s Season 3 winners, Pentatonix, have become viral staples with their inventive covers and originals, and the huge success of Pitch Perfect (for which Deke Sharon arranged the music) has breathed new energy into the genre.

Mark Burnett Productions has come aboard to work on Season 4 (how’s that for synergy with The Voice?), and the upcoming season’s structure is expected to return to the holiday format used in Seasons 1 and 2. As far as judging and hosting duties, nothing is official just yet.

So get ready for more percussive syllables, bright-colored cardigans, smart judging, and (fingers crossed!) amazing Nick Lachey puns coming your way later this year. Oh yeah, plus some incredible vocal displays like this, too:

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'Sing-Off' champs Pentatonix talk competition, their future album, and (of course) Nick Lachey's puns

Pentatonix, a funky vocal quintet from Texas, won the third season of NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing-Off Monday night, thereby attaining a Sony recording contract as well as a $200,000 cash prize. EW chatted with the giddy fivesome — which includes Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola — yesterday to hear all about their exciting week and their future plans. Read on!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling about the big win?
SCOTT HOYING: We’re feeling great. We’re on cloud nine. This has been the most amazing two days. READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off': Check out the finale set list

We’ve reached the end of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off. On tonight’s finale (airing at 8/7 Central), we’ll learn which of the top three acts scores the $200,000 prize and the Sony recording contract. My money’s on the always inventive Pentatonix. Here’s the set list:

Opening Number: “The Way You Make Me Feel,” Michael Jackson
All-Boys Performance (from the top 10 groups): “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen
All-Girls Performance (from the top 10 groups): “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” Aretha Franklin
Urban Method: “Stereo Hearts,” Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine
Pentatonix: “Without You,” David Guetta & Usher
Dartmouth Aires: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” Meatloaf

The show’s host and judges will also take part in some special performances: Sara Bareilles will sing her current single “Gonna Get Over You” with Urban Method, the Dartmouth Aires will join Ben Folds on his track “Not the Same,” and Nick Lachey will perform his 98 Degrees hit “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” with Pentatonix. And I’m happy to see that the unfairly booted Afro-Blue will get another moment in the spotlight, sharing the stage with Smokey Robinson for “You Really Got A Hold On Me.”

Which act do you think will win the title tonight?

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger 

'The Sing-Off': Final Four set list revealed -- EXCLUSIVE

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On tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off (airing on NBC at 8pm/7pm Central), the final four groups will battle it out for a slot in next week’s finale. Groups will sing mash-ups of two lyrically related songs followed by a judges’ choice number. Check out the set list below:

MASTER MIX
Pentatonix: “Forget You,” Cee-Lo Green vs. “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
Urban Method: “Hot in Herre,” Nelly vs. “Fever,” Peggy Lee
Afro-Blue: “I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly vs. “Fly,” Nicki Minaj & Rihanna
Dartmouth Aires: “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga vs. “Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones

JUDGES’ CHOICE
Pentatonix: “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + the Machine
Urban Method: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West
Afro-Blue: “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke
Dartmouth Aires: “Shout,” The Isley Brothers

I’m rooting for Pentatonix, Dartmouth Aires, and Afr0-Blue to make the finale. How about you?

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

'The Sing-Off': Tonight's R&B set list -- EXCLUSIVE

The final five groups on The Sing-Off will each sing two R&B hits on tonight’s episode, airing at 8pm/7pm Central on NBC. The first half of the show will be dedicated to contemporary R&B tunes, while the second half will feature classic hits. After last week’s country installment, this week’s set list seems like a better fit for all the remaining groups, with the possible exception of those very white guys from BYU’s Vocal Point. Here’s what you can expect to hear:

OPENING NUMBER: “I Feel Good,” James Brown; “ABC,” Jackson 5; “Forget You,” Cee-Lo Green [UPDATE: The third number in the medley will be Beyonce's "Crazy in Love," not "Forget You."]

CONTEMPORARY R&B
Afro-Blue: “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey
Dartmouth Aires: “Ignition,” R. Kelly
Pentatonix: “OMG,” Usher
Urban Method: “Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson Feat. Ne-Yo & Kanye West
Vocal Point: “Every Little Step,” Bobby Brown

CLASSIC R&B
Afro-Blue: “Best of My Love,” Emotions
Dartmouth Aires: “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Gladys Knight & the Pips
Pentatonix: “Let’s Get It On,” Marvin Gaye
Urban Method: “It’s Your Thing,” The Isley Brothers
Vocal Point: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” The Temptations

Then again, the producers did give Vocal Point the pimp spot, so maybe the boys have some soul after all?

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

'The Sing-Off': Tonight's classic rock and country set list -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s down to six groups on The Sing-Off, and on tonight’s episode (airing at 8/7 Central on NBC) the remaining acts will each perform two numbers: one classic rock song and one country tune. With so many urban-oriented groups left, this installment should be interesting to say the least. Here’s what you can expect to hear: READ FULL STORY

'Terra Nova' ratings drop on Halloween night

Fox’s Terra Nova ratings got spooked on Halloween night, falling more than any other broadcast show after spending a week off the air due to baseball coverage.

Terra Nova returned to 6.4 million viewers and a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent compared to its last original airing. (Bummer — some say it was the show’s best episode, recap here.) Given that Terra Nova airs at 8 p.m. and is targeted toward families, it was probably the most likely series to take a punch.

And Terra Nova wasn’t the only show to take a holiday night hit in the ratings — pretty much every series was down, except… READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off: Tonight's superstar medley set list -- EXCLUSIVE

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Tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off begins, appropriately, with a Halloween-themed performance of freaky songs (Danny Elfman’s “This Is Halloween,” Warren Zevon’s “Werevolves of London,” and Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters”; click the link above to see it now). Afterwards, the top seven groups will each perform a medley of three hits by a pop music icon. Here are the tunes the talented singers will tackle: READ FULL STORY

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