When you hear that NBC, the network that brought you Clash of the Choirs, is planning an eight-episode reality competition show for a cappela groups, you think, seriously? And it’s not because you’re anti-a cappella. Though admittedly, I do have a love-hate relationship with it. I love the sound — unless I’m being sung to in public. See: a group from Penn State performing at my high school and serenading me in front of the entire band (just because as a flutist, I was in the front row), and a group from Yale serenading me at an Olive Garden in Times Square nine or 10 years ago (just because the coworkers who took me there for a birthday or goodbye lunch found out that they were at the next table and didn’t want to go back to the office).
But then, a colleague randomly sends you a clip of the group Naturally 7 performing last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno — with a note saying, “Don’t ask me how I stumbled on this; I haven’t watched the show in months” — and you begin to think there’s a way for NBC to do an a cappella show in primetime that won’t put people to bed early.
Will you tune in if this is the kind of performance you’ll be seeing?