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Pentatonix is an a capella group of five young vocalists. The group is originated from Arlington, Texas and is constituted by Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola.
The group won the third season of The Sing-Off on November 28th, singing an a capella version of “Eye of the Tiger” as their victory song.
Pentatonix began with three members of the current five (Kirstie, Mitch and Scott) when they heard on a local radio about a competition to meet the cast of Glee. They arranged a trio version of “Telephone” and sent it. The group did not win the competition, but they gained recognition on their school and on Youtube after they uploaded a video of “Telephone”, and so they continued performing.
The group was complete when they had to participate on Sing-Off with five members, so they got to know about Avi and Kevin the day before the show.
Pentatonix has also gained a lot of recognition through their Youtube videos, where they perform their own versions of well known and popular songs.
As final group of five, Pentatonix perfected their sound throughout the season, naturally developing a signature style and a knack for arranging songs that pulled equally from the five individuals’ strengths. Despite drawing from a dizzyingly eclectic set of musical genres, the quintet seemed to mesh magically, evident in their modern interpretation of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” or their epic adaptation of Florence and the Machines’ “The Dog Days Are Over.” Before long, Pentatonix had become a legitimate musical force, armed with a collective confidence and swagger that would eventually propel them to win the competition.
Watch below to some of their videos: