When NBC’s curious a cappella vocal competition “The Sing-Off” premieres for a third season Sept. 19, host Nick Lachey will have some interesting new partners in reality-show crime, celebrity judges like Ben Folds and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. But — in a very interesting career move — the red-hot Sara Bareilles just signed on as the third judge, after performing on the program’s season finale last year.
Wonder what such a gig could spell for an artist, career-wise? Look no further than Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who are all experiencing creative renaissances after hooking up with televised music contests. Even Christina Aguilera has been forgiven for that humiliating national anthem gaffe. Plus, the prize is a hefty $100,000.
Bareilles doesn’t need this, really. The triple-Grammy nominee’s sophomore “Kaleidoscope Heart” album recently debuted at No. 1, and she’s demonstrated a great acumen for spinning out hook-sharp chart hits like “Love Song,” “King Of Anything” and “Uncharted,” whose video features — déjà vu! — the omnipresent Adam Levine! She’s currently on a huge summer tour with Sugarland, which hits Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Aug. 26.
But that old “Judge not lest ye be judged” adage? Hey — no longer applicable in the reality-TV era.
Keep up with Bareilles and her new job at www.sarabmusic.com.