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Tufts Acapella Group Sings Way To National Finals

An all-male acappella group from Tufts University in Medford has advanced to the finals of The Sing-Off, a nationally televised vocal competition.

The live finale is slated for Monday evening at 8 p.m., to be seen on NBC.

Out of eight original teams, the Beelzebubs — or Bubs, for short — are now among the three finalists.  The winning group, which is in part determined by viewer votes, receives a recording contract from Epic Records/Sony Music.

The Bubs’ road to the finale began on Dec. 14, as the group of 12 Tufts students performed a unique rendition of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” on the show’s premiere.

In two subsequent rounds, the Bubs have performed four more distinct arrangements of popular songs, including “Sweet Caroline”, the 1969 Neil Diamond hit made locally iconic by its use during Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park.

Competing against the Tufts team in Monday’s finale are Nota, an all-male sextet from Puerto Rico, and Voices of Lee, a co-ed group of 10 from Cleveland, Tenn.

According to the group’s Web site, the Beelzebubs, founded in 1962, have released 27 studio albums and three live albums.  In addition to international performances, the group previously made a national television appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in May 1999.

This program aired on December 21, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Twitter Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital manager. He occasionally reports on economic and transportation policy, climate and social issues, and politics.

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