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TAMPA - A young singer from Tampa hopes a new NBC reality competition will pump up interest in a cappella singing.

"A lot of young people don't even know what it is and many of those who do know think it's barbershop harmony or doo-wop," said Phillip Nitz, 21, who will be competing on "The Sing-Off," which debuts at 8 tonight on NBC.

Nitz will be performing with The Voices of Lee, a 10-member a cappella group from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where Nitz is a senior.

The new short-run series will highlight a cappella performing – singing without instrumental accompaniment.

Nitz, a Gaither High School graduate who excelled in chorus, said the competition has been a challenge and a lot of fun for all the singers.

"We're a small group that usually performs Christian music and here we are in Los Angeles doing pop songs for a chance at a recording contract," he said in a telephone interview. "We are having the blast of our lives."

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