The Sing-Off (season 1)

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The Sing-Off
Season 1
Broadcast from December 14 – December 21, 2009
Judges Ben Folds
Shawn Stockman
Nicole Scherzinger
Host(s) Nick Lachey (NBC)
Broadcaster NBC
Origin San Juan, Puerto Rico
Song "Down"
Genre(s) Pop

The first season of The Sing-Off premiered on December 14, 2009. The show featured eight a cappella groups performing popular songs live. The winner's prize was $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract.[1] Nick Lachey hosted, while Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five, Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men and Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls were judges. The show ran for 4 episodes, concluding on December 21, 2009 with a live finale. The group Nota won the title.


Contestant School Finish Number
of members
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Beelzebubs
Medford, Massachusetts
Tufts University
Second Place
Voices of Lee
Cleveland, Tennessee
Lee University
Third Place
The SoCals
Los Angeles, California
University of Southern California
Episode 3
MAXX Factor
Baltimore, Maryland
Episode 3
BYU Noteworthy
Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University
Episode 2
Omaha, Nebraska
Episode 1
Boulder, Colorado
Episode 1

Elimination table[edit]

Eliminated Last safe Safe Third Runner-up Winner
Date: 12/14 12/15 12/16 12/21
Place Group Result
1 Nota Winner
2 Beelzebubs Runner-Up
3 Voices of Lee Last safe Last safe Third Place
4 The SoCals Eliminated
5 Maxx Factor Last safe Last safe Eliminated
6 Noteworthy Eliminated
7 Solo Eliminated
8 Face Eliminated


Episode 1 (December 14, 2009)[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the first live show, along with the results.
Group Order Song Result
First Half
Nota 1 "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz Safe
Voices of Lee 2 "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield Last safe
Face 3 "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi Eliminated
Noteworthy 4 "Think" by Aretha Franklin Safe
Second Half
Beelzebubs 5 "Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles Safe
Maxx Factor 6 "Dancing Queen" by ABBA Last safe
The SoCals 7 "Somebody To Love" by Queen Safe
Solo 8 "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derülo Eliminated
Swan songs
Face 1 "Home" by Daughtry
Solo 2 "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Episode 2 (December 15, 2009)[edit]

  • Theme: Big Hits (first song) and Guilty Pleasures (second song)
A summary of the groups' performances on the second live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Beelzebubs 1 "Right Round" by Flo Rida 7 "Come Sail Away" by Styx Safe
Noteworthy 2 "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay 8 "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips Eliminated
Voices of Lee 3 "No One" by Alicia Keys 9 "Freedom! '90" by George Michael Safe
Nota 4 "Down" by Jay Sean 10 "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees Safe
The SoCals 5 "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson 11 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship Safe
Maxx Factor 6 "Love Story" by Taylor Swift 12 "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse Last safe
Swan song
Noteworthy 1 "Happy Ending" by Mika

Episode 3 (December 16, 2009)[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the third live show, along with the results.
Group Order Song Result
First Half
Nota 1 A medley of The Jackson 5: "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There" & "ABC" Safe
Beelzebubs 2 A medley of The Who: "Behind Blue Eyes", "Who Are You", & "Baba O'Riley" Safe
Maxx Factor 3 A medley of The Beach Boys: "God Only Knows", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" & "Good Vibrations" Eliminated
The SoCals 4 A medley of Journey: "Any Way You Want It", "Open Arms" & "Don't Stop Believin'" Last safe
Voices of Lee 5 A medley of The Beatles: "Paperback Writer", "Oh! Darling" & "All You Need is Love" Safe
Second Half
Nota 6 "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel Safe
Beelzebubs 7 "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond Safe
The SoCals 8 "Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkel Eliminated
Voices of Lee 9 "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson Last safe
Swan songs
Maxx Factor 1 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver
The SoCals 2 "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake

Episode 4 (December 21, 2009)[edit]

A summary of the groups' performances on the final live show, along with the results.
Group Order First song Order Second song Result
Voices of Lee 1 "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King 4 "Pocket Full of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield (with Natasha Bedingfield) Third Place
Beelzebubs 2 "Where is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas 5 "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore (with Nicole Scherzinger) Second Place
Nota 3 "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers 6 "The Tracks of My Tears" by The Miracles (with Smokey Robinson) Winner
Nota, Beelzebubs, Voices of Lee 7 "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Darlene Love (with Nick Lachey)
8 "Drive" by Bobby McFerrin (with Bobby McFerrin)
Nota, Beelzebubs 9 "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by War (with Ben Folds)
Swan songs
Voices of Lee 1 "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music Third Place
Beelzebubs 2 "We Gotta Get out of This Place" by The Animals Second Place
Victory song
Nota "Down" by Jay Sean (with Jay Sean) Winner


Episode Number Airdate Rating/Share
1 December 14, 2009 2.3/6 6.9 2[2]
2 December 15, 2009 2.6/7 6.9 2[2]
3 December 16, 2009 2.2/6 6.5 3[2]
4 December 21, 2009 2.3/7 7.2 2[3]


  1. ^ Like The Sing Off. "The Sing Off - NBC Site". Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  2. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (December 22, 2009). "NBC Ties For #2 In Adults 18-49 For The Week". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (December 22, 2009). "TV Ratings: Big Bang Theory rerun tops night; Leno still can't beat CSI: Miami reruns". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official website