Colleges and universities have a long and storied history of men’s a capella groups. “The Sing-Off” has previously featured Tufts’ “Beelzebubs,” USC’s SoCal VoCals, Yale’s Whiffenpoofs and the Dartmouth Aires.
In 2013, the Princeton Footnotes are joining the competition, kicking off their Season 4 run with Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” one of the most dynamic performances of the premiere episode.
The judges were split, however. Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman had praise for the leads.
“What’s cool about you is your harmonies,” says Stockman. “I’m going to shout-out the unsung heroes in your crew, the tenors and the baritones. If you guys are off, the whole thing is off. Big ups to you guys.”
Ben Folds disagreed, though, saying the harmonies “came unglued” at moments, but he did enjoy both the dynamics and the nice arc to the song, while new judge Jewel cautioned the basses to lock in tight.
We really enjoyed it — but it landed them in the Bottom 2 for the ultimate sing-off this week against Voice Play, battling on “Bye Bye Bye” by NSync, and the judges sent the Footnotes home, which really surprised us. What did you think? Video of “I Knew You Were Trouble” below in case you missed it.