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The Cat's Pajamas calls its transportation the "Sunshine Van."

It's a 15-passenger vehicle "on this side of 20 years," group member and Lincoln native Zakk Wooten said.

"It can't go over 60 miles per hour, and if it does, the whole thing starts to shake," he said.

Still, the Sunshine Van proved its worthiness in May when it transported the five-person a cappella group from its Branson, Mo., home to Chicago for an audition for NBC's "The Sing-Off," the network's popular reality competition show.

About a month later, the Cat's Pajamas learned it was one of 16 groups picked to compete this season for a Sony Music recording contract and $200,000.

"The Sing-Off" premieres its third season at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC (Time Warner Cable channels 6 and 1006).

The shows scours the country in search of the best a cappella groups, ranging in size and age, and pits them against one another in a sing-off. This season, the show has expanded to 16 groups. Nick Lachey is the host. The judges are Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Sara Bareilles.

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