NEW: A Sabbath Blog's interview with Committed
Committed is the new champion of "The Sing-Off," winning the grandprize: $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract. They were announced the winners during the show's live season finale on Dec. 20.
They are the second Seventh-day Adventist a cappella group in a row to win "The Sing-Off." Nota won the first season of "The Sing-Off" in December 2009.
During the finale, Committed performed with celebrity music artists Boyz II Men, Neil Diamond and Nick Lachey. Committed sang "Hold My Hand," which left judge Nicole Scherzinger in tears. The show ended with Committed singing an arrangement of "We Are The Champions."
Watch every performance by Committed on "The Sing-Off."
Committed was up against nine other groups at the start of series. Four groups remained at the start of the final show. Street Corner Symphony came in 2nd place; The Backbeats came in 3rd; Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town came in 4th place.
According to the group's Facebook page, one of its members was sick the day before the live finale:
"Please pray for Maurice because he's sick on the day before the live show! Pray for a miracle! Already claiming his healing in Jesus' name!"
Whether Maurice Staple felt better or not, he performed with the rest of his group during the finale.
How they got on the show
According to The Huntsville Times, Cedric Dent of Take 6 recommended Committed when NBC was putting together groups that would compete on the show. Committed had sang at an event celebrating Take 6, a 10-time Grammy award winning a cappella group that also traces its history back to Oakwood College (now Oakwood University).
The a cappella group was formed in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy in Orlando, Fla. Since then, the group's membership has changed lots of times. The current group is made up of five graduates and one undergraduate student from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.
They are Dennis "DJ" Baptiste, Jr., Alain "Tommy" Gervais, Geston Pierre, Robert "Robbie" Pressley Jr., Maurice Staple and Theron "Therry" Thomas.
The amount of people following Committed exploded after being on "The Sing-Off." As of Dec. 21 with numbers rounded to the nearest hundred:
Twitter reveals the winner early
Twitter users gave an early indication as to who would win the competition. A Sabbath Blog ran a search of all tweets posted within an hour before the finale's airing time that either had the words "sing off" or "sing-off" and named their favorite group.
74.6 percent of tweets were in favor of Committed. 17.0 percent were in favor of Street Corner Symphony. 5.0 percent were in favor of The Backbeats. 3.4 percent were in favor of Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town. It turned out to be in the same order as the actual show's results.
On Dec. 21, Committed posted a Facebook update on the busyness of winning the show:
Won the Sing Off title! God is so good. They didn't waste time getting us to work though! Access Hollywood Live this morning, E! News later today, and recording tonight in the studio. What is happening?! Lol!! Surreal = Understatement.
They will also be singing on The Today Show in New York City, according to a tweet by Tommy Gervais.
Read more articles about Committed.
NBC interview with Therry Thomas, Geston Pierre, and Robbie Pressley on what it feels like to win "The Sing-Off" and more:
"The Sing-Off" judge Shawn Stockman shares why Committed won and some advice for Committed.