An Augustan survived a head-to-head battle Monday on NBC’s The Sing-Off and advanced to the next round.
Singer Jamal Moore, a John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate, was the front man for the University of Rochester YellowJackets for both numbers. The first was Lupe Fiasco’s The Show Goes On, on which Moore rapped and sang.
Judge Sara Bareilles said Moore “kicked butt on the rap.”
However, she also said the group rushed the number, and fellow judge Shawn Stockman said he wished it was better.
Monday’s show started with eight teams, and whittled down to the two with the lowest scores. The YellowJackets were in that pairing, facing The Collective in a showdown in which both teams sang their a capella version of Nelly’s Just a Dream in an effort not to be sent home.
After the YellowJackets and The Collective both had one judge’s vote, Bareilles broke the tie by choosing the group “that took the most risk.”
The win gets Moore and his team one step closer to winning a Sony Music recording contract and $200,000. The show’s theme Monday was hip-hop songs.
One team was eliminated, leaving the YellowJackets in a pool of seven finalists. The Sing-Off started this season with 16 a capella groups.
Locally, Moore received voice instruction from Patti Myers, a professor at Augusta State University.