NBC adds Jewel to 'The Sing-Off'by jmaloni
She joins returning host Nick Lachey and judges Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds
Four-time Grammy Award nominee Jewel is joining "The Sing-Off" as a new judge, along with Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, with host Nick Lachey ("The Winner Is") also set to come back.
As recently announced, "The Sing-Off" received a new series commitment as a holiday strip to air over several nights later this year. "The Sing-Off" originally premiered in December 2009 as a five-night event and became a weekly series in 2011.
The program showcases the country's top a cappella groups performing popular songs in ways that viewers have never heard them before. "The Sing-Off" has no lip-synching, back-up bands or safety net. Competitors are singing with dreams of walking away with the ultimate prize: a recording contract and $100,000.
"There are very few musical artists as accomplished and talented as Jewel. Her addition to 'The Sing-Off' judges panel, along with our stellar team of Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, raises the showmanship of the series up another notch," said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative and late night programming. "The musical credentials of Nick Lachey are extraordinary and his continued contributions to the show as host remain a huge asset."
Added executive producer Mark Burnett: "I am so thrilled to welcome Jewel to our expert musical panel. Jewel is one of America's greatest singer songwriters, and is an amazing storyteller. In company with the incredible talent of Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Nick Lachey, this season of 'The Sing-Off' is sure to be its best yet."
Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter.
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