Another singing competition series is joining the trend of shaking up the judging panel, following similar moves by “The X Factor and “The Voice.” This time it’s NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
Judge Sara Bareilles is leaving the show, EW.com reports.
The story reports: “The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter wants to ‘focus on her music,’ says a source close to Bareilles. She replaced original ‘Sing-Off’ judge Nicole Scherzinger for the show’s third season after Scherzinger departed to Fox’s ‘X Factor.’”
Reality guru Mark Burnett is reportedly overhauling “The Sing-Off” before it bows for its fourth season. “The move creates at least one opening on the judges panel for the lively a cappella competition. … It’s not yet clear if there are more departures to come,” the piece reports.
The show is hosted by Nick Lachey, with Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman in the other judges’ seats.
The report notes: “Since ‘The Sing-Off’ premiered in December 2009, the series has [had] its ups and downs in the ratings, but has maintained a fan base of admirers. When it wasn’t renewed in 2012, many thought the show was canceled. But last month NBC announced ‘The Sing-Off’ would return sometime during the holiday season.”