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Q&A with The Sing-Off’s Nick Lachey

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This week on NBC’s The Sing-Off, the remaining six groups from the second bracket of the competition will be singing “Radio Hits” and “60′s Classics” for judges, Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, and Shawn Stockman. Nick Lachey - credit: NBC

The show’s host, Nick Lachey, recently did a question and answer session with various media outlets, where he spoke about aspects about the show, the judges and contestants, plus his love of acapella music.

What was the decision to expand the competition to 16 groups this season?

We were afforded the opportunity to have a longer season, 11 episodes this year opposed to the five we had last year. So, it just gave us an opportunity to expand the search and expand the audition process and ultimately have more groups compete, which I think is great.

You see, a real diversity between the groups, everything from high schoolers to our first ever rapper on the show, and the old doo-wop guys, North Shore. You’ve got a wide range of acapella represented. And think it’s great we’re able to expand it.

What does Sara bring to the table as a judge?

Sara has been such an absolute joy to around to work with. I think she’s such a brilliant songwriter and musician in her own right, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to the panel. I said this before and I’ll say it again, I think she’s the absolute perfect fit for The Sing-Off is and what The Sing-Off’s all about.

Although you’ve had a solo career after 98 Degrees, do you ever yearn to be a part of a group again after watching these talented acapella groups on The Sing-Off?

Sure, sure yes. It’s a contagious show to be a part of. And I think there’s a camaraderie that comes with being in a group of any kind or a band. And certainly that was true for 98 Degrees. There was a real kind of special brotherly kind of bond that we all shared.

And yes, I miss that. It’s fun to go through those experiences with other people and guys you care about. And so yes, there’s definitely something to be said for being part of a group like that.

How do you feel this year’s groups compare to the previous season’s?

Not to take anything away from previous seasons, but I think the groups this year have been just unbelievable. The talent level across the board is certainly improved this season. And as I said earlier, the diversity of the groups has really I think improved this season.

I think it’s just a testament to the show and it’s success and that’s created an awareness and an interest from singers out there and groups out there that want to be a part of what we’re doing. I couldn’t be happier with the level of talent and the level of execution that these groups have been bringing to the table this year.

How do you feel about members from past groups appearing again in different groups this season?

I think it says a great thing about competition; if you get knocked down, you get back up and you stay after it.

Obviously, those members were parts of groups that didn’t win, but they still want to pursue their dreams and pursue their passion and try again. And I think if it’s re-imagined in a different form, [then] I don’t have problem with it.

Have you ever been really disappointed or maybe had a problem with any of the decisions the judges have made?

Interesting question. I think there [are] certainly situations where my opinion differed from what the judges ultimately decided. But that’s kind of the beauty of my role. I don’t get a voice; I don’t have to make those tough decisions.

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