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'The Sing-Off' announces season 3 contestants

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NBC’s hit a cappella talent-show series The Sing-Off has announced the 16 groups that will compete in its third season. Hosted by Nick Lachey, the series will premiere on Sept. 19 with returning judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman alongside singer Sara Bareilles, replacing Nicole Scherzinger (who’s now a judge on Fox’s The X Factor). The contenders are:

Afro-Blue A nine-person ensemble from Howard University

The Cat’s Pajamas An energetic all-male group based in Branson, Mo.

The Collective Nashville troupe formed by season-two contestant Jeremy Lister (Street Corner Symphony)

Dartmouth Aires 15 quirky guys from the New Hampshire Ivy League school

Delilah An L.A.-based all-female group including members from the first two Sing-Off seasons

The Deltones Co-ed ensemble from The University of Delaware

Fannin Family An octet of relatives from the Midwest

Kinfolk 9 A professional group out of L.A. with members who all have the ability to share lead vocals

Messiah’s Men Liberian refugees on a mission to serve God through music

North Shore A Boston-based streetcorner ensemble tackling music from the ’40 to today

Pentatonix Five-member group from Arlington, Tex., with eclectic musical tastes

Sonos Well-known professional a cappella group who have collaborated in the past with Bareilles

Soul’d Out Co-ed high school club from Wilsonville, Ore.

Urban Method Newly-formed act from Denver including a rapper

Vocal Point All-male ensemble from Brigham Young University

The YellowJackets Contemporary crew from the University of Rochester known for wearing yellow blazers

The winning act will score $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.

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