Home Free named champs in NBC's 'The Sing-Off'by jmaloni
Minnesota-based all-male a-capella group wins competitive fourth season
Home Free were declared the season four winners Monday night of NBC's a-capella musical competition series "The Sing-Off."
The all-male country group of Minnesota natives - Chris Rupp, Tim Foust, Austin Brown, Rob Lunquist and Adam Rupp - are a tight-knit bunch that have gotten even closer by performing in concerts across the country.
Home Free recently signed a deal with Columbia Records. Their debut album, "Crazy Life," will be available digitally Jan. 14 and elsewhere Feb. 18. The album can pre-ordered starting Dec. 24 at http://smarturl.it/homefree.
"Crazy Life" features a collection of original music as well as a selection of cover songs the group performed on the show, including "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash) and a Hunter Hayes medley featuring "I Want Crazy" from Monday's finale. Home Free will join a handful of finalists for "The Sing-Off Live Tour!" that kicks off a 32-night run Feb. 19 in Verona.
Heading into the finale, "The Sing-Off" is averaging a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall, for a gain versus the prior cycle of 13 percent in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6) and 39 percent in total viewers (6.2 million vs. 4.5 million), according to "live plus same day" data from Nielsen Media Research. In its various time slots, "The Sing-Off" has improved NBC's time-period performance versus one year ago by an average of 20 percent in 18-49 rating (1.8 vs. 1.5) and 18 percent in total viewers (6.2 million vs. 5.3 million).
Judges for "The Sing-Off" are Jewel, Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. Nick Lachey serves as host.
Fans can visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/.
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