LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2013) — The acoUstiKats, a popular University of Kentucky a cappella group, have advanced to the second round of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” The TV competition featuring the country’s top a cappella groups, which began Dec. 9, will next air 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday), Dec. 11.
On “The Sing-Off,” a cappella groups perform show-stopping numbers with no lip-synching, backup bands or safety net. They sing music from today’s top pop chart, to R&B, rock, country and more. This season’s performers are critiqued by celebrity judges and vocalists Ben Folds, of Ben Folds Five; Jewel; and Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men.
VIDEO: The acoUstiKats sing “My Old Kentucky Home.”
UK was one of only two collegiate groups selected to compete on “The Sing-Off” this season. The other group, the Princeton Footnotes, from Princeton University, was eliminated at the end of the first show.
One group is eliminated each episode. The last group standing will be awarded a cash prize and an Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract.
Hosted by Nick Lachey, TV host of “The Winner Is,” solo artist and member of 98 Degrees, the holiday series will run for seven episodes culminating with the last show set to air 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.
The acoUstiKats were founded in 1993 during Director of UK Choral Activities Jefferson Johnson’s first semester at UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. As a subsection of the nationally renowned UK Men’s Chorus, this 12-member group serves to promote and encourage male singing of all ages.