THE FILHARMONIC. MALE FILIPINO GROUP. LMFAO.
This is essentially all Broadway World (really NBC press releases or whatever) wanted to say about them too. They’re from LA, they sing 90’s R&B with a twist of Filipino culture. I gave y’all a link to their Facebook to whet your appetite in the meantime while I work on more in-depth group profiles in the coming weeks.
After seeing this list on Broadway World (and nowhere else), I switched over to my Sing-Off Twitter War Room to check for confirmations and buzz. Seemed legit, so I got started. Then, while I was doing this quick write-up, there has been additional coverage and I have seen official announcements on most of these group’s webpages and faceplaces, so I think we can say this is confirmed.
ACOUSTIKATS (Lexington, KY): Men’s group from University of Kentucky
CALLE SOL (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico): A group of pro vocalists from Puerto Rico, assembled to audition for The Sing Off, i’d wager.
ELEMENT (New York City): An all-woman adult group from NYC
THE FILHARMONIC (Los Angeles): Male Filipino group
HOME FREE (Minneapolis): a fairly well-known A Cappella Country group, though I hadn’t yet had a chance to get to know them.
THE PRINCETON FOOTNOTES (Princeton, N.J.): Men’s group from Princeton University
STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE (Los Angeles): All-Male group specializing in doo-wop style
TEN (Dallas): A pro singer mashup hailing from Dallas
VOCAL RUSH (Oakland, CA): High School Group from Oakland Center for the Arts, repeat ICHSA winners, also known as the “video leaked” group.
VOICEPLAY (Orlando, FL): A mixed adult group with a similar formation backstory to PTX - started as three high school friends, expanded to six.
Once again, we can see the familiar casting instructions brought to life. Come to think of it, I don’t see many “prepare for The Sing-Off” articles/workshops approach is that there’s more to getting on the show than being good performers - you also have to fit a certain casting block and have a good human interest hook.
That said, this approach does give a great advantage to groups we might otherwise never hear of in addition to its core purpose of cultivating the needed audience desired by the producers and promised to the advertisers.
Congrats to all the competing groups, see you on 12/9!
lol. Maybe we’ll get to see what Ben Folds said that prompted this when the show is broadcast. I’m guessing he made a joke about “all the angry tweets tomorrow morning”.
I meant to post about this sooner, but Six Appeal did a really cool thing when I followed them on twitter - they checked their schedule and messaged me with the date of the next time they’d be nearby me.
This is a great thing to do to immediately connect with your audience, whether it’s telling them of an upcoming gig, or talking about how great a time you had at the gig where they found out about you.