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How to get discovered by 'The Sing-Off'

Noteworthy appears on NBC's "The Sing-off."

Noteworthy appears on NBC's "The Sing-off." Credit: NBC

With the success of the last season of “The Sing-Off,” and now “The Voice,” NBC's music competitions have gained traction against the juggernaut that is “American Idol.” Their secret to success – much like “Idol” – is in great casting of contestants.

We asked Michelle McNulty – casting director of “The Voice” and “The Sing-Off,” as well as “Rockstar: Supernova,” where she cast Dix Hills native Ryan Star – what she'll be looking for when “The Sing-Off” auditions hit the area Saturday.

What are you looking for in a group? Will a strong lead singer carry them in or do they need a strong blend?

It's a cappella so you've got to have it nailed across the board – from your harmonies to your blend to that lead singer. A group can have multiple lead singers . . . but first and foremost, it's that blend. If something's off, you can hear it. It catches you and it tweaks you a little bit. It's so important because there's nothing covering it.

Has casting gotten easier for the show now that people know what it is?

It's still a tough one. You'd think it'd get easier. People know the show now. In the first season of the show, the a cappella community was a little worried that it was going to be not very positive for them. They've seen how awesome the show is . . .  I remember last season watching . . .  it was so hard. I was like, “Who are they going to eliminate? They all just murdered it onstage.” . . . But it's still tough. We're not looking for bad, only great groups.

Think your group has what it takes to win “The Sing-Off”? The show is holding open auditions tomorrow at S.I.R. Studios, 520 W. 25th St., Manhattan, starting at 8 a.m. To register, go to

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