Danielle Withers rocked her way to another week on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Monday’s episode challenged the remaining seven groups to perform “Superstar Medleys.” Withers, 27, and her group, Afro-Blue, performed three Janet Jackson selections — a piece Withers said the group was “really excited about, or maybe it’s just me.”
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Judges praised the group’s sound and its lead vocalists, but echoed critique from earlier weeks that the group has a tendency to “over-think” parts of its arrangements.
Judge Shawn Stockman said the group performed an ambitious arrangement, and that they made it look “easy and effortless.”
Ben Folds called it a radical and smart arrangement and called out Withers for an “awesome” performance.
Sara Bareilles said the performance was perhaps too ambitious, but overall praised the 10-member Howard University-based group.
“You guys have amazing lead vocalists: Danielle, Mariah, you sounded amazing, I loved it,” gushed Bareilles. “You guys are such an amazing strong group; there’s something really, really special in Afro-Blue and I want to continue to see that blossom and grow.”
Withers, dressed in a black Flapper-style dress, also took the early vocal lead in a special Halloween-themed opening piece, performed by all seven remaining groups.
The weekly series hosted by Nick Lachey follows 16 a cappella groups from across the country as they compete for a Sony Music recording contract and $200,000 cash prize.
Withers and Afro-Blue will next perform on Nov. 8. The final live episode will air later this month.
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