Sending Pitch Slapped home first. They were one of the most dynamic groups on the show, and had better voice talent singer-for-singer than any other group on the show.
Putting all singers on the same mic capsules. You’re using all Shure mics (sponsorship?), you can’t throw in a beta58 for the vp?
Still forcing groups to do cornball show choir choreography. For the big multi-group numbers I’m not sure I mind it, it was kind of fun… but they weren’t really singing live during those, were they?
For some groups, big choreography is part of their identity: On the Rocks, BackBeats. I’m fine with that. Other groups (the high school groups especially) it’s not really part of who they are, and the over-the-top choreography compromised their sound, and they weren’t good enough at the choreography for it to compensate for the loss of sound quality.
Of the four finalists, three did not do ICCA-worthy cheeseography. Coincidence?
Besides, the camera movement rarely let us see the choreography, anyway. It might have been nice live, but the home audience can’t see all the fancy moves, so what’s the point?
Casting high school groups (I’m including Men of Note as a HS group). Not that they were bad: both were excellent for hs groups, and Eleventh Hour in particular is mind-blowing for a high school ensemble. But judging from their early exits, it seems I’m not the only one to think that they were simply out-classed. With the level of talent available, there is no reason to include Jr.-level groups on the show.
I do believe the audience likes seeing kids compete on these kinds of shows. Instead of folding them in with the big boys (n girls), why not a whole show of high school a cappella groups and show choirs? You telling me that wouldn’t sell? REAL LIFE GLEE that’s your pitch. NBC call me we will make a moneys.
Best performance of the competition:
Backbeats – Landslide
Only legit musical performance of the season. Beautiful.
Biggest disappointment of the show overall:
We still have not seen a legit beatboxer on the show (either season). Jon McClemore is the closest: loved his beats; Courtney Jensen is good, but not amazing yet. That one guy from On the Rocks had a sicknasty snare sound, but beyond that was a typical college drummer.
Realities that no one is talking about:
Committed was consistently the weakest group, vocally, other than Men of Note. Soloists were average, and their blend, tuning, and rhythmic accuracy were sketchy. They had a decent stage package, like NOTA last year, but they don't have star-quality vocal talent.