The Collective – This group sang Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” but their lead vocalist was boasting a smokey, gravely voice and I didn’t enjoy any of it. I know, I know …aren’t there enough soft-voiced young ladies already? Wasn’t it nice to see something different? I guess …but I hope they get better. They have some potential. Still … I doubt they will make it past the next round. Kinda …yawn …boring.
The North Shore – This group made it through and I guess since the judges cut the Africans, and the old-timers from last week, I should’ve guessed this would be the token doo-wop group. Their story was touching and telling of the current economy. They, believe it or not, made a living singing a capella and I think they said they’ve been doing it for 20 years. But this last year, everything fell apart and they are seriously thinking of breaking up and getting real jobs. Crazy, right? Our economy was so good, for most of the 90s and 2000s, that the economy was able to support a group like this who probably played anniversary parties, class reunions, corporate events, and were booked in Elks Clubs and Knights of Columbus halls all over the east coast. But when the economy sinks like a rock and nobody has any money for anything, the belts get tightened and conversations start with, “do we really need The North Shore for our Christmas party this year?” And, hence, that budget is cut. Anyway …The North Shore …I respect their professionalism, their effort, and root for them outside of this show, but I don’t think The Sing-Off is made for a group of seniors singing Dion’s “Runaround Sue.”