The Sing-Off (season 3)

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The Sing-Off
Season 3
Broadcast from September 19, 2011 – November 28, 2011
Judges Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Sara Bareilles
Host(s) Nick Lachey
Broadcaster NBC
Winner:
Pentatonix
Origin Arlington, Texas
Song "Eye of the Tiger"
Genre(s) Dance, pop, dubstep, electro, hip-hop
Runner-up
Dartmouth Aires
Chronology
2011

The third season of The Sing-Off premiered on September 19, 2011. The number of a cappella groups was increased from 10 to 16, resulting in a new format. The show created two brackets, with only half the groups performing each week for the first few weeks. Nick Lachey stayed as host for the new season, as did Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman as judges. New to the judges' table was Sara Bareilles, who replaces Nicole Scherzinger, who left after 2 seasons to become a judge on The X Factor. The program ran for 11 episodes, and concluded on November 28, 2011 with Pentatonix winning the title.

Groups[edit]

Contestant School Finish Number
of members
Website
Pentatonix
Arlington, TX
NA
Winner
on November 28, 2011
5
[1]
Dartmouth Aires
Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College
Second Place
on November 28, 2011
16
[2]
Urban Method
Denver, CO
NA
Third Place
on November 28, 2011
8
[3]
Afro-blue
Washington, DC
Howard University
Eliminated 13th
on November 21, 2011
10
[4]
Vocal Point
Provo, UT
Brigham Young University
Eliminated 12th
on November 14, 2011
9
[5]
Delilah
Los Angeles, CA
NA
Eliminated 11th
on November 7, 2011
8
YellowJackets
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester
Eliminated 10th
on October 31, 2011
15
[6]
The Collective
Nashville, TN
NA
Eliminated 9th
on October 24, 2011
9
[7]
The Deltones
Newark, DE
The University of Delaware
Eliminated 8th
on October 17, 2011
15
[8]
North Shore
Boston, MA
NA
Eliminated 7th
on October 17, 2011
5
[9]
Sonos
Los Angeles, CA
NA
Eliminated 6th
on October 10, 2011
5
[10]
Kinfolk 9
Los Angeles, CA
NA
Eliminated 5th
on October 3, 2011
9
[11]
Soul'd Out
Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville High School
Eliminated 4th
on September 26, 2011
16
Messiah's Men
Minneapolis, MN
NA
Eliminated 3rd
on September 26, 2011
9
[12]
The Cat's Pajamas
Branson, MO
NA
Eliminated 2nd
on September 19, 2011
5
[13]
Fannin Family
Hortonville, WI
NA
Eliminated 1st
on September 19, 2011
8
[14]

Elimination Table[edit]

Legend
Place in bracket (Bracket ID)
Eliminated Sing-Off Battle Last safe Safe Third Runner-up Winner
Date: 9/19 (A)
9/26 (B)
10/3 (A)
10/10 (B)
10/17 10/24 10/31 11/7 11/14 11/21 11/28
Place Group Result
1 Pentatonix 2nd (B1) 3rd (B) 1st (2) 1st (2) 2nd 1st 1st 2nd Winner
2 Dartmouth Aires 1st (B1) 2nd (B) 3rd (1) 2nd (1) 1st 3rd 3rd Sing-Off Second Place
3 Urban Method 2nd (A2) 2nd (A) 2nd (2) 3rd (2) 6th 2nd 2nd 1st Third Place
4 Afro-Blue 2nd (A1) 4th (A) 4th (2) 1st (1) 5th 5th 4th Eliminated
5 Vocal Point 1st (A2) 1st (A) 3rd (2) 3rd (1) 3rd 4th Eliminated
6 Delilah 1st (A1) 5th (A) 4th (1) 2nd (2) 4th Eliminated
7 The YellowJackets 3rd (A1) 3rd (A) 2nd (1) Sing-Off Eliminated
8 The Collective 2nd (B2) 5th (B) 1st (1) Eliminated
9 The Deltones 3rd (B2) 4th (B) Eliminated (2)
10 North Shore 1st (B2) 1st (B) Eliminated (1)
11 Sonos 3rd (B1) Eliminated (B)
12 Kinfolk 9 3rd (A2) Eliminated (A)
14 Soul'd Out Eliminated (B2)
13 Messiah's Men Eliminated (B1)
15 The Cat's Pajamas Eliminated (A2)
16 Fannin Family Eliminated (A1)

Performances[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the first live show, along with the results.
Group Order Song Result Popularity on iTunes
First Half
The YellowJackets 1 "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan Last Safe 2
Fannin Family 2 "Who Says" by Selena Gomez & the Scene Eliminated 7
Afro-Blue 3 "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae Safe 4
Delilah 4 "Grenade" by Bruno Mars Safe 1
Second Half
Urban Method 5 "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem and Rihanna Safe 3
The Cat's Pajamas 6 "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad Eliminated 8
Kinfolk 9 7 "Secrets" by OneRepublic Last Safe 6
Vocal Point 8 "Jump Jive an' Wail" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra Safe 5
Swan songs
Fannin Family 1 "Tomorrow" from Annie
The Cat's Pajamas 2 "Bye Bye Love" by The Everly Brothers

Episode 2[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the second live show, along with the results.
Group Order Song Result Popularity on iTunes*
First Half
Dartmouth Aires 1 "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder Safe 2
Pentatonix 2 "E.T." by Katy Perry Safe 1
Messiah's Men 3 "People Get Ready" by The Impressions Eliminated 2
Sonos 4 "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak Last Safe 2
Second Half
The Collective 5 "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele Safe 2
Soul'd Out 6 "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension Eliminated 2
North Shore 7 "Runaround Sue" by Dion DiMucci Safe 2
Deltones 8 "Feels Like Home" by Randy Newman Last Safe 2
Swan songs
Messiah's Men 1 "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
Soul'd Out 2 "Mama, I'm Coming Home" by Ozzy Osbourne

* For this episode, only the song by Pentatonix appears to have had any significant iTunes sales.

Episode 3[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the third live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Popularity on iTunes* Order Second song Popularity on iTunes* Result
Vocal Point 1 "Never Say Never" by Justin Bieber 4 9 "The Way You Look Tonight" by Fred Astaire 4 Safe
Delilah 2 "Whataya Want From Me" by Adam Lambert 1 7 "(Love Is Like A) Heatwave" by Martha & the Vandellas 4 Last Safe
Urban Method 3 "Just Can't Get Enough" by The Black Eyed Peas 4 8 "Dance To The Music" by Sly and the family Stone 4 Safe
Afro-Blue 4 "American Boy" by Estelle ft. Kanye West 2 10 "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by The Miracles 4 Safe
The YellowJackets 5 "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz 4 11 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli 4 Safe
Kinfolk 9 6 "Price Tag" by Jessie J ft. B.o.B 4 12 "Let It Be" by The Beatles 3 Eliminated
Swan song
Kinfolk 9 1 "Loser" by Beck

* For this episode, only the top three songs appear to have differed significantly from the others in iTunes sales.

Episode 4[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the fourth live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Deltones 1 "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga 8 "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes Safe
Pentatonix 2 "Your Love Is My Drug" by Kesha 7 "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin Safe
The Collective 3 "Rocketeer" by Far East Movement 10 "Hold On, I'm A Comin'" by Sam & Dave Last Safe
North Shore 4 "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars 9 "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers Safe
Dartmouth Aires 5 "Animal" by Neon Trees 12 "Pinball Wizard" by The Who Safe
Sonos 6 "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay 11 "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 Eliminated
Swan song
Sonos 1 "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men

Episode 5[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the fifth live show, along with the results.
Group Order Song Result
First Half
The YellowJackets 1 "Wannabe" by Spice Girls Safe
Delilah 2 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara Last Safe
North Shore 3 "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News Eliminated
The Collective 4 "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor Safe
Dartmouth Aires 5 "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield Safe
Second Half
Afro-Blue 6 "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston Last Safe
Pentatonix 7 "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles Safe
Deltones 8 "Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette Eliminated
Urban Method 9 "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe Safe
Vocal Point 10 "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins Safe
Swan songs
North Shore 1 "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" by The Spaniels
Deltones 2 "Goodbye to You" by Michelle Branch

* This song marks the biggest performance in television history.

Episode 6[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the sixth live show, along with the results.
Group Order Song Result
First Half
Dartmouth Aires 1 "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida Safe
Afro-Blue 2 "Killing Me Softly" by The Fugees Safe
The Collective 3 "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo Bottom Two
Vocal Point 4 "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans & 112 Last Safe
Second Half
Urban Method 5 "Airplanes" by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams Last Safe
Pentatonix 6 "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West Safe
Delilah 7 "How to Love" by Lil Wayne Safe
The YellowJackets 8 "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco Bottom Two
The Sing Off Battle
The Collective 1 "Just a Dream" by Nelly Eliminated
The YellowJackets 2 Safe
Swan song
The Collective 1 "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan

Episode 7[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the seventh live show, along with the results.
Group Order Medley Result
Urban Method 1 Rihanna medley of "What's My Name?", "Umbrella" and "Only Girl (In the World)" Last Safe
Vocal Point 2 Elvis Presley medley of "Don't Be Cruel", "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Jailhouse Rock" Safe
Afro Blue 3 Janet Jackson medley of "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "When I Think of You" and "Miss You Much" Safe Group 2
Dartmouth Aires 4 Queen medley of "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Somebody to Love" Safe
Pentatonix 5 Britney Spears medley of "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Toxic" and "Hold It Against Me" Safe
Delilah 6 Alicia Keys medley of "Fallin', "A Woman's Worth" and "If I Ain't Got You" Safe Group 2
The YellowJackets 7 Billy Joel medley of "The River of Dreams", "She's Always a Woman" and "Uptown Girl" Eliminated
Swan song
The YellowJackets 1 "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba (with lyrics referencing the show and the hosts)

Episode 8[edit]

  • Theme: Rock classics (first round), Country hits (second round)
  • Group performance: "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire
A summary of the groups' performances on the eighth live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Pentatonix 1 "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf 12 "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland Safe
Dartmouth Aires 2 "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister 7 "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" by Big & Rich Safe
Afro-Blue 3 "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 8 "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum Last Safe
Delilah 4 "Dream On" by Aerosmith 10 "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry Eliminated
Urban Method 5 "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake 9 "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood Safe
Vocal Point 6 "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks 11 "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane Safe
Swan song
Delilah 1 "Survivor" by Destiny's Child

Episode 9[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the ninth live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Dartmouth Aires 1 "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly 6 "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight & the Pips Safe
Urban Method 2 "Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West and Ne-Yo 7 "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers Safe
Vocal Point 3 "Every Little Step" by Bobby Brown 8 "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations Eliminated
Afro-Blue 4 "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey 9 "Best of My Love" by The Emotions Last Safe
Pentatonix 5 "OMG" by Usher feat. will.i.am 10 "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye Safe
Swan song
Vocal Point 1 "Home" by Michael Bublé

Episode 10[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the tenth live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Pentatonix 1 Medley of "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green and "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson 5 "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine Safe
Urban Method 2 Medley of "Hot in Herre" by Nelly and "Fever" by Peggy Lee 6 "All of the Lights" by Kanye West Safe
Afro Blue 3 Medley of "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly and "Fly" by Nicki Minaj 7 "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke Eliminated
Dartmouth Aires 4 Medley of "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones and "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga 8 "Shout" by The Isley Brothers Last Safe
The Sing Off Battle (reprise of most impactful song)
Afro Blue 1 "American Boy" by Estelle ft. Kanye West Eliminated
Dartmouth Aires 2 "Somebody to Love" by Queen Safe
Swan song
Afro Blue 1 "We've Only Just Begun" by The Carpenters

Episode 11[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the eleventh live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Pentatonix 1 "Without You" by David Guetta feat. Usher 4 "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" by 98 Degrees (with Nick Lachey) Winner
Urban Method 2 "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine 5 "Gonna Get Over You" by Sara Bareilles (with Sara Bareilles) Third
Dartmouth Aires 3 "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf (with Amy Whitcomb of Delilah) 6 "Not the Same" by Ben Folds (with Ben Folds) Runner up
Top 10 Ladies 7 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
Top 10 Guys 8 "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
Afro Blue 9 "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" by The Miracles (with Smokey Robinson)
Swan songs
Urban Method 1 "Coming Home" by Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey Third
Dartmouth Aires 2 "Somewhere" from West Side Story Runner up
Victory song
Pentatonix "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor Winner

Ratings[edit]

US Nielsen ratings[edit]

Order Airdate Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Night)
1 September 19, 2011 1.9/5 5.30[2] #4 #9
2 September 26, 2011 1.7/4 4.45[3] #4 #9
3 October 3, 2011 1.8/4 4.89[4] #4 #10
4 October 10, 2011 1.5/4 4.35[5] #4 #11
5 October 17, 2011 1.6/4 4.34[6] #4 #10
6 October 24, 2011 1.5/4 4.63[7] #4 #9
7 October 31, 2011 1.4/4 4.40[8] #4 #10
8 November 7, 2011 1.5/4 4.25[9] #4 #10
9 November 14, 2011 1.3/4 4.13[10] #4 #10
10 November 21, 2011 1.4/4 4.27[11] #4 #10
11 November 28, 2011 1.6/4 5.98[12] #4 #10

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