Monday was the end of the line for an a capella college group led by a John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate.
Singer Jamal Moore and his team, the University of Rochester YellowJackets, were eliminated from NBC’s The Sing-Off as the other six teams moved on toward the competition’s top prize: a Sony Music recording contract and $200,000.
The show’s theme Monday was “superstar medleys.” Moore’s team sang a mix of three Billy Joel songs: River of Dreams, She’s Always a Woman and Uptown Girl.
Judge Sara Bareilles said about Moore, “Jamal, oh my God, I just love you so much.”
However, she also said she didn’t like the first transition between songs, even though fellow judge Ben Folds said it was one of the better moments. Judge Shawn Stockman said he “dug it.”
Host Nick Lachey cited Bareilles’ note that their “raw energy overpowered the leads.”
Before singing their swan song, Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping, Lachey asked Moore what he was feeling.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity,” he said. “We made our families proud.”
He also assured the audience that the YellowJackets would continue making music.
After the group incorporated the names of the judges into their final number, they disappeared under the stands.
The Sing-Off started this season with 16 a capella groups, meaning the YellowJackets made it more than halfway.