Passing along a dispatch from the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing (my alma mater):
Over the past several weeks, three Dartmouth rowers have pursued their dreams with the Dartmouth Aires as they compete on the NBC show The Sing-Off. Heavyweight alum Justin Lerman ’10, current heavyweight Michael Odokara-Okigbo ’12, and current lightweight Henry Luerhman ’12 have played prominent roles in the Aires’ incredible run to the show’s final episode, which will run next Monday at 8 Eastern on NBC.
Here are some clips from the show (the first clip features some pairs rowing footage about 10 seconds in):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZHZx0Hd2XM This clip is from the show’s opening week. It features some background on the group, interviews with Justin and Michael, and an awesome performance of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVvquWW3CUc Henry and Michael take center stage as the Aires crush a rare blend of a capella and hip-hop. Who knew Henry could rap? If you saw him at the Aires Winter Wingdings concert in 2010, you did!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9PHMklaqwo All three rowers play a major role in the group’s defining performance of the season. Justin and Henry start out with the lead on the right and left side of the screen before Michael takes over in a thrilling Queen medley.
The three of them are currently spending the Thanksgiving break in Los Angeles, filming the season finale of the Sing Off. Between now and then, the show’s viewers will decide which of the three final groups wins the Sing-Off crown, which includes $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony.
YOU CAN VOTE to send 3 rowers to the podium: Text the number 3 to 97979, call 877 674 6403, or vote online. You can vote up to ten times from any phone.
GOOD LUCK MICHAEL, JUSTIN, AND HENRY!!! And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.