Smokey Robinson – On Monday night’s season finale of NBC’s reality competition show, “The Sing Off,” Smokey Robinson showed the three remaining how it’s done.
The Motown legend sang his classic, “You Really Got A Hold On Me,” with the much beloved a cappella group Afro-Blue, a Jazz/Pop ensemble from Howard University. The group had beenÂ eliminated the week before the finale, but were brought back for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing with Smokey Robinson.
As an original member of Motown Records’ first vocal group The Miracles and as a solo artist, Smokey Robinson delivered many U.S. and U.K. Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987. He also served as the company’s vice president from 1961 to 1988. He is currently married to Frances Robinson.
“The Sing Off” host Nick Lachey performed “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” a song from his old boy band 98 Degrees, with Pentatonix, a five-member group originally from Arlington, Texas. Pentatonix was one of the show’s three finalists.
Judges Sarah Bareilles and Ben Folds also gave performances with the two other finalists,Â Urban Method, eight studio musicians who previously never sang together and Dartmouth Aires, Dartmouth College’s oldest a cappella group, respectively.
But it was the announcement of the show’s winners that stole the show. Pentatonix, the quintet from Texas, took home the $200,000 grand prize and a recording contract with Sony.