Delilah

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Delilah

Left to right: Geena Glaser, Johanna Vinson, Hannah Juliano, Laina Walker, Amy Whitcomb, Kendall Young, Candace Eve and Ingrid Andress
Background information
Years active 2011–present
Composition All-Female
Location Los Angeles, CA

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Delilah is an eight-member, all-female a cappella group that competed in the third season of NBC's television singing competition The Sing-Off. The group was formed on 17 July 2011 and six of the eight members were contestants on the previous seasons of the show.[1] Delilah, the only all-female a cappella group in the third season, had been a real live group for less than a week before the production began and made it to the top six.[2][3]

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[edit] History

After the second season of The Sing-Off ended, Amy Whitcomb called Hannah Juliano, seeking to form a group of female vocalists from past seasons for the third season of the competition. Whitcomb sang with BYU Noteworthy on the first season, while Juliano sang with Pitch Slapped of Berklee College of Music the next season. They were joined by Laina Walker (of BYU Noteworthy) and Candace Eve Perkins (of Voices of Lee from Lee University) from the first season and Ingrid Andress (of Pitch Slapped) and Kendall Young (of Eleventh Hour) from the second season of The Sing-Off. Johanna Vinson (alumna of The University of Oregon's Divisi and member of Musae along with Juliano), and Geena Glaser (member of Divisi) were newcomers to the competition. The group was based in Los Angeles,[4] although the members live in different cities all across the contiguous United States.[5]

[edit] Members

Name Part
Ingrid Andress Soprano
Candace Eve Perkins Alto
Geena Glaser VP/Alto
Hannah Juliano Alto/Tenor
Johanna Vinson Bass
Laina Walker Soprano
Amy Lynn Whitcomb Soprano
Kendall Young Alto

[edit] The Sing-Off

[edit] Performances and results

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Result
1 Opening Song "Perfect" (clean version) Pink N/A
Signature Songs "Grenade" Bruno Mars Advanced
3 Opening Song "Somewhere Only We Know" Keane N/A
Current Hits "Whataya Want from Me" Adam Lambert Advanced
'60s Favorites "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" Martha and the Vandellas
5 Opening Song "All Night Long (All Night)" Lionel Richie N/A
Guilty Pleasures "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara Advanced
6 Opening Song "Nothin' on You" B.o.B N/A
Hip-Hop "How to Love" Lil Wayne Advanced
7 Opening Song Halloween Medley Various N/A
Superstar Medleys Medley of "Fallin', "A Woman's Worth" and "If I Ain't Got You" Alicia Keys Advanced
8 Opening Song "Wake Up" Arcade Fire N/A
Rock classics "Dream On" Aerosmith Eliminated
Country hits "If I Die Young" The Band Perry
11 (Finale) Top 10 Ladies "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Aretha Franklin N/A
A Sing-Off
Christmas
Delilah & The Backbeats "All I Want For Christmas" Mariah Carey
Ensemble (Ending Song) "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Notes: During the first four episodes, the competition was divided into two brackets and thus Delilah did not perform in the second and fourth episodes. In the opening song, all groups perform together. During the finale, Amy Whitcomb sang with Dartmouth Aires "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf.

[edit] Critical reception

[edit] Episode 1

Delilah's first performance, a cover of Bruno Mars' "Grenade", was universally acclaimed by the judges (both during and after the show) and critics. Sara Bareilles commented that the group had "some serious powerhouse lead vocals",[6] while Ben Folds wrote on his blog that the performance was "a powerful version of a great song", considering Jo, the group's bass, to be "a solid contralto."[7] Elaine Chase from the Rolling Stone considered that Delilah "blew the hinges off" with their performance and were obviously among the judges' favorites of the night.[8] Digital Spy noted that the members "were praised (by the judges) for their passionate rendition."[9] Grady Smith from Entertainment Weekly said that Delilah's "utterly searing rendition" was "easily the best of the night", giving the performance an A.[10][11] Smith also noticed Amy Whitcomb's "amazing tone" during the opening song and her "soulful done-me-wrong scorn" during the signature song.[10][12] Jason Hughes from AolTV wrote about the "unique and mesmerizing rendition",[13] while independent reviewer Warren Bloom commented that the song got "a really good overhaul", praising the arrangement and considering Whitcomb's lead to be the strongest ever witnessed in all three seasons.[14]

[edit] Episode 3

As the competition was divided into two brackets during the first four episodes, Delilah did not perform on the second episode. Their second performance was on the third episode which featured two songs: a current hit ("Whataya Want from Me" by Adam Lambert) and a 1960's one ("(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas). The group's performance during this episode received mixed reviews. Delilah's current hit received mostly positive reviews, while the 1960's cover was generally considered to be lacking by the judges, although some critics stated that it was adequate. The group was praised for their emotional rendition of "Whataya Want from Me" with a standing ovation from Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman. Both of them considered that Kendall Young's lead was essential to the whole performance, being also impressed by Jo's bass.[15] Bareilles however noticed pitch problems during Amy Whitcomb's entrance.[16] Ben Folds commented during the show that Delilah's performance was the reason why he did the show and praised the arrangement of the group on his blog afterwards.[17] Grady Smith, in an editorial review for Entertainment Weekly, gave the performance a B+,[18] while Naivasha Dean from Yahoo! TV said that the group's rendition was "almost like a how-to guide for building harmonies."[19] Warren Bloom was impressed by the arrangement and called the performance "a pretty magical moment."[20]

Delilah's second performance later in the evening was received with a less enthusiastic response from the judges.[19] The arrangement for their cover of the Martha and the Vandellas' hit "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" was considered to be static by Ben Folds.[17] Bareilles was also unimpressed by the arrangement, but pointed out Delilah's "stellar" vocals. Shawn Stockman praised Jo's bass and the group's choreography, but also commented about the lack of "warmth in the middle."[15][16] Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly described the performance as a "welcomed change" from their previous powerhouse performances, giving the group a B.[21] In Warren Bloom's review, Delilah's performance was defined as "competent, but not superlative."[22] The all-female group ended up in the bottom two, but it was Kinfolk 9 that was eliminated.[23]

[edit] Episode 5

The remaining groups from the two brackets were merged in the fifth episode. Delilah's song choice was "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara. Again, the three judges were not impressed by the arrangement with Ben Folds pointing out that it was not on the same level as their first two performances.[24][25] Sara Bareilles praised the group's emotional rendition, but picked up pitch and rhythm problems.[26] Shawn Stockman was also impressed by Delilah's delivery in terms of emotion and praised Candace Eve's voice, but felt that the song "came undone a bit."[26] Warren Bloom's independent review commented on the sub-par arrangement and the "sonic emptiness."[27] Delilah finished the episode in the last safe position as North Shore was eliminated.

[edit] Episode 6

The sixth episode's theme was Hip-Hop and Delilah performed "How to Love" by Lil Wayne.[28] The three judges complimented the new arrangement, with Sara Bareilles giving a standing ovation. Shawn Stockman praised Geena Glaser, Ingrid Andress, Amy Whitcomb and Hannah Juliano for their solid vocal delivery and said that the group made the song their own. Ben Folds was impressed by Johanna Vinson's bass and the overall performance, while Bareilles felt that the song "was coming from a really beautiful, authentic place."[29] Yahoo! TV contributor Naivasha Dean wrote that the all-female a cappella group "recaptured the wow factor" of their first performances and that Delilah "shot back to the top" after this episode.[30] Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone opined that the group gave a "strong rendition" of Lil Wayne's song after two difficult weeks.[31] Warren Bloom felt that Delilah brought "back their A-game", praising the soloists and the group's bass, Jo.[29]

[edit] Episode 7

During the seventh episode, Delilah performed a medley of "Fallin", "A Woman's Worth" and "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. The all-female group garnered favorable reviews from both judges and critics.[32][33] Sara Bareilles was impressed by the first and the last song, but felt that "A Woman's Worth" was not quite on the same level. Shawn Stockman commented on the "smart arrangement" and the solid vocals of Hannah Juliano (the judges' favorite that night), Kendall Young, Candace Eve and Amy Whitcomb. Ben Folds also rated the lead vocals with A+ and complimented the arrangement, Jo's bass and Geena Glaser's vocal percussion. After the show, Folds wrote on his blog that the group has "several stars" and that the supporting members are "stars in their rolls (sic)".[34] Naivasha Dean from Yahoo! TV felt that the performance was "an emotional, rousing mashup" of three Alicia Keys songs, but wondered if the group will be able to maintain the same level.[35] Elaine Chase of Rolling Stone commented that Delilah delivered the song with "stunning success".[33] Warren Bloom, an experienced ICCA and ICHSA judge, considered that the first song had "some of the slickest and most passionate female harmony ever on the show." Bloom however also pointed out the "arranging holes" of the middle song and felt that last song, although it had a great arrangement, could have been better.[36]

[edit] Episode 8

The eight episode involved a double challenge, as the groups had to perform a rock and a country song. Delilah drew praise for their Aerosmith cover, "Dream On", during the first half of the show. Lead singer Amy Whitcomb was complimented by all three judges, with Shawn Stockman even comparing her to a "female Steven Tyler."[37] Stockman said that their rendition did not miss a thing, but Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds thought that the group "peaked too early".[38] Folds later asserted on his blog that "Dream On" was "a respectable rock performance."[39] Bareilles, on the other hand, said that it was not her favorite performance, though technically it did not falter. Elaine Chase from Rolling Stone reported that Delilah "made off like bandits" with their cover.[40] Warren Bloom also praised the all-female a cappella group for delivering a "killer performance."[41]

Delilah's second performance was received with mixed reviews. All three judges praised Ingrid Andress' lead, but felt that the supporting members did not tune in together. The overall performance was considered to be emotional, but technically not on the same level as their previous performances.[37] Hannah Juliano later revealed the fact that the song was rearranged about ten times and the final version was ready on the last day.[42] Warren Bloom also commented on the "harmonic holes" which represented a "step down" for the group.[43] Delilah landed in the bottom two and was eliminated as Afro Blue was the last group to be safe.[44] Their swan song, "Survivor" by Destiny's Child, was praised by the critics.[40] Naivasha Dean from Yahoo! TV even commented that it was one of their best moments from the whole season,[45] while Warren Bloom said that it "cemented their place in the history of the show."[43] Bloom also mentioned that Delilah was "the greatest all-female contemporary a-cappella group" that he ever heard.[43]

[edit] Later appearances

Delilah returned for the finale to sing together with the Top 10 females of the Sing-Off Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". Elaine Chase from Rolling Stone commented that it was "possibly the best performance of the season."[46] Also, Amy Lynn Whitcomb sang with Dartmouth Aires "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf. Delilah and The Backbeats from season two teamed up to perform Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" during the "A Sing-Off Christmas" special episode. The performance was described as a "spirited, sassy rendition" by Yahoo! TV and considered to be "one of the fullest numbers" of the season by Warren Bloom.[47][48] In the end, all groups performed together "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)".[49]

[edit] Commercial performance

Delilah reached the following iTunes Soundtrack rankings in the US:

Episode Song Highest position
1 "Grenade" #1 (Date: 21/09/2011)[50][51]
3 "Whataya Want from Me" #2 (Date: 05/10/2011)[52]
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" #110 (Date: 05/10/2011)[53]
5 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" #108 (Date: 19/10/2011)[54]
6 "How to Love" #5 (Date: 26/10/2011)[55]
7 Medley of "Fallin', "A Woman's Worth" and "If I Ain't Got You" #8 (Date: 02/11/2011)[56][57]
8 "Dream On" #12 (Date: 09/11/2011)[58]
"If I Die Young" #9 (Date: 09/11/2011)[59]

Notes: Delilah also appeared on iTunes Soundtrack Song Charts in Canada (highest position: #3) and Greece (highest position: #1). "Grenade" has amassed 12 weeks on the iTunes US Soundtracks Music Chart and was the group's biggest selling song. It was also the only one that managed to enter the iTunes US Top 100 Overall Song Chart,[51] reaching #63 on 21 September 2011.[50]

[edit] Post Sing-Off

Delilah performed two shows in Rochester, New York, on 11 December 2011 in support of the YellowJackets' "United We Sing" project.[60] The event, which also featured reigning Sing-Off champions Pentatonix, was hosted by the YellowJackets at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and had an attendance of over 4,600 people.

The all-female group will perform four concerts (25, 30, 31 March and 1 April) and will host a number of interactive workshops at different secondary schools during the Hong Kong 2012 International a cappella Festival.[61] Delilah has also been invited to perform at The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella finals in New York (at The Town Hall) on 28 April 2012 and the A cappella Palooza fundraiser in Boston the next day (together with Ben Folds, Pentatonix, Dartmouth Aires, North Shore and the Dear Abbeys from Boston University).[62] The group has plans to release an album.[42]

[edit] Videos

[edit] References

  1. Unleashing Delilah, Delilah blog, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  2. Week One. What is happening?, Delilah blog, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  3. And then there were 5, Delilah blog, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  4. Karger, Dave (2011-08-16) 'The Sing Off' announces season 3 contestants, ew.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  5. Once upon a time, Delilah blog, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  6. Bareilles, Sara (2011-09-20) First day on the job, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  7. Folds, Ben (2011-09-20) Week 1, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  8. Chase, Elaine (2011-09-20) 'The Sing Off' Season Premiere Recap: Heart and Soul Win Out, rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  9. Martin, Lara (2011-09-20) 'The Sing-Off' season premiere: First two groups sent home, digitalspy.co.uk, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Smith, Grady (2011-09-20) 'The Sing-Off': Watch Delilah's fiery cover of Bruno Mars' 'Grenade', music-mix.ew.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  11. Smith, Grady (2011-09-20) 'The Sing-Off' season premiere recap: Music To My Ears (Page 2), tvrecaps.ew.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  12. Smith, Grady (2011-09-20) 'The Sing-Off' season premiere recap: Music To My Ears (Page 1), tvrecaps.ew.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  13. Hughes, Jason (2011-09-20) Delilah's Amazing A Cappella Take on 'Grenade' for 'The Sing-Off' Premiere, aoltv.com, Retrieved 2012.03.03.
  14. Bloom, Warren (2011-09-20) The Sing-Off, episode 3-1 (Sept. 19), 1st hour: round 1, bracket 1, casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Martin, Lara (2011-10-04) 'The Sing-Off' episode 3 recap: Current songs and 1960s hits, digitalspy.co.uk, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Chase, Elaine (2011-10-04) 'The Sing Off' Recap: Competitors Cram for History Test, rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Folds, Ben (2011-10-03) Episode 3, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  18. Smith, Grady (2011-10-03) 'The Sing-Off' recap: Dance to the Music! (Page 1), tvrecaps.ew.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Dean, Naivasha (2011-10-04) ‘The Sing-Off’ Week 3 Recap: This Week’s Top Five, tv.yahoo.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  20. Bloom, Warren (2011-10-04) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, episode 3-3 (Oct. 3): round 2, bracket 1 (1st hour), casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  21. Smith, Grady (2011-10-04) 'The Sing-Off' recap: Dance to the Music! (Page 3), tvrecaps.ew.com, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  22. Bloom, Warren (2011-10-05) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-3 (Oct. 3): Round 2, Bracket 1 (2nd Hour), casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  23. Hughes, Jason (2011-10-04) Kinfolk 9 Put a Gospel Spin on The Beatles for 'The Sing-Off', aoltv.com, Retrieved 2012.03.03.
  24. Folds, Ben (2011-10-19) Episode 5, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.24.
  25. Chase, Elaine (2011-10-18) 'The Sing Off' Recap: Groups Reveal Their 'Guilty Pleasures', rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.24.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Martin, Lara (2011-10-18) 'The Sing-Off' recap: Guilty Pleasures week, two groups exit, digitalspy.co.uk, Retrieved 2012.02.24.
  27. Bloom, Warren (2011-10-18) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-5 (Oct. 17): Top 10 (1st hour), casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.24.
  28. Martin, Lara (2011-10-25) 'The Sing-Off' eliminates another group after hip-hop week, digitalspy.co.uk, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Bloom, Warren (2011-10-30) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-6 (Oct. 24): Top 8 (2nd Hour), casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  30. Dean, Naivasha (2011-10-25) ‘The Sing-Off’ Week 6 Recap: This Week’s Top Five, tv.yahoo.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25
  31. Blistein, John (2011-10-25) 'The Sing Off' Recap: Cause You Can’t, Won’t, and Don’t Stop on 'Hip-Hop Hits' Night, rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  32. Hughes, Jason (2011-11-01) The Dartmouth Aires Tackle a Queen Medley on 'The Sing-Off', aoltv.com, Retrieved 2012.03.03.
  33. 33.0 33.1 Chase, Elaine (2011-11-01) 'The Sing Off' Recap: Final Seven Groups Bust Out the Hit Trifectas, rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  34. Folds, Ben (2011-11-07) Episode 7, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  35. Dean, Naivasha (2011-11-01) ‘The Sing-Off’ Week 7 Recap: This Week’s Top Five, tv.yahoo.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25
  36. Bloom, Warren (2011-11-02) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-7 (Oct. 31): Top 7, casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Martin, Lara (2011-11-08) 'The Sing-Off' loses another group after rock and country theme week, digitalspy.co.uk, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  38. Haddock, Sharon (2011-11-08) Vocal Point in, Delilah out on 'The Sing-Off', deseretnews.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  39. Folds, Ben (2011-11-11) Rock N' Country, nbc.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  40. 40.0 40.1 Chase, Elaine (2011-11-08) 'The Sing Off' Recap: A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit of Rock & Roll, rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  41. Bloom, Warren (2011-11-11) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-8 (Nov. 7): Top 6 (1st hour), casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  42. 42.0 42.1 Martin, Lara (2011-11-09) 'The Sing-Off' Delilah Interview: 'We sang from the heart', digitalspy.co.uk, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 Bloom, Warren (2011-11-12) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-8 (Nov. 7): Top 6 (2nd Hour), casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  44. Hughes, Jason (2011-11-08) Urban Method Goes Country With 'Before He Cheats' on 'The Sing-Off, aoltv.com, Retrieved 2012.03.03.
  45. Dean, Naivasha (2011-11-08) ‘The Sing-Off’ Week 8 Recap: This Week’s Top Five, tv.yahoo.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25
  46. Chase, Elaine (2011-11-29) 'The Sing-Off' Finale Recap: Lightning Round, rollingstone.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  47. Dean, Naivasha (2011-12-06) ‘The Sing-Off’ Christmas Special Recap: This Week’s Top Five, tv.yahoo.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25
  48. Bloom, Warren (2011-12-11) 5th Judge: The Sing-Off, Episode 3-12 (Dec. 5): A Sing-Off Christmas, casa.org, Retrieved 2012.02.25.
  49. Fulghum, Sherrill (2011-12-06) A Sing-Off Christmas, allvoices.com, Retrieved 2012.02.25
  50. 50.0 50.1 Grenade by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  51. 51.0 51.1 Hey There, Delilah, magazine.byu.edu, Retrieved 2012.03.17.
  52. Whataya Want from Me by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  53. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  54. Flashdance... What a Feeling by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  55. How to Love by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  56. Medley: Fallin' / A Woman's Worth / If I Ain't Got You by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  57. THE SING-OFF Hits #1 on iTunes Soundtrack Song Charts, tv.broadwayworld.com, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  58. Dream On by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  59. If I Die Young by Delilah Chart Summary, music-chart.info, Retrieved 2012.03.13.
  60. The Yellow Jackets, jackets.org, Retrieved 2012.02.22.
  61. Hong Kong 2012 International a cappella Festival, acappella.hkfyg.org.hk, Retrieved 2012.03.02.
  62. Performers, acappellapalooza.org, Retrieved 2012.03.17.
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