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Bubs Sing Their Swan Song

Bubs Sing Their Swan SongDespite a massive get-out-the-vote effort, Tufts' celebrated all-male a capella group places second in the finals of NBC's "The Sing-Off."

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [12.21.09] The Beelzebubs, Tufts' oldest all-male a cappella group, fell just short of winning the top prize on NBC's "The Sing-Off" on Monday night.

In a contest that came down to the viewers' votes, the Bubs placed second to Nota, a singing group based in Puerto Rico.

"We're just a couple of normal college kids and we're so thankful we had this opportunity to sing for you guys," said senior Nick Lamm.

Complete coverage of the Beelzebubs on "The Sing-Off" 

Befitting the Bubs, their final performance -- or as the show called it, their "swan song" -- was an upbeat choice: The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place."

Monday night's live finale was the culmination of the NBC series that began last week. The Bubs made it to the final round with two other groups, Nota and Voices of Lee, narrowed from an opening field of eight through the first three episodes.

An Evening of Song 

Donning purple sweaters, the Bubs helped kick off the finale with a group performance of U2's classic "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," with senior Matt McCormick sharing lead vocal duties. Next, in a round of inspirational songs, they did a rendition of the Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is The Love?"

The Bubs then teamed up with judge Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, in a performance of the Lesley Gore classic "You Don't Own Me" and shared the stage with Nota and Voices of Lee for the Darlene Love Christmas standard "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." A cappella legend Bobby McFerrin, known for his hit "Don't Worry Be Happy," led the three finalists in an improvisational performance.

After surviving the first cut, which saw Voices of Lee exit the competition, the Bubs joined remaining finalist Nota and judge Ben Folds for War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?"


The judges showered the Bubs with praise.

"You're so playful and so colorful," said Scherzinger, who called the group "Bub-tastic.""You're not afraid to take risks, but you don't take yourselves too seriously," she added.

For those wondering what the college a cappella movement is all about, judge and Boyz II Men member Shawn Stockman said of the Bubs, "You guys explain that the moment you open your mouths."

"You guys are what everyone prays that college boys are really like," joked Folds.

'You've Got to Love It' 

As part of their "Sing-Off" experience, the Bubs got back to their Tufts roots with a display of active citizenship when they performed at the Hollenbeck Palms retirement home in Los Angeles. "They're my grandsons now," one resident joked.

"Giving back is what the Bubs have done for 47 years," said senior Paul Alvarez. "Thats what music is about, you've got to love it."

In one segment during the finale, the Bubs reflected on their prime time experience.

"'The Sing-Off' has really brought the Bubs together," said McCormick. "Throughout all the performances, we left it all out there."

"We've always loved what we do," said junior Eli Seidman. "Every performance that we do is our most important performance. Our goal is always to make the audience enjoy it."

And for the biggest audience in their 47-year history, the Bubs did not disappoint.

Story by Georgiana Cohen, Office of Web Communications. Photo courtesy of NBC. 

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