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Ode to Joy: ‘Sing-Off’ Gets NBC Encore

Network officially renews the a capella competition, which did well over the holidays

Hey, "Sing-Off" fans — don’t worry, be happy: Your show is coming back.

As expected, NBC has officially ordered a second season of the Sony Pictures Television-produced competition, which focuses on a capella singing group. The network has greenlit 8 additional episodes of the show, with a November return seen as a possibility, according to people familiar with the situation.

Casting has already begun.

"We believe we’ve found a little gem, one we can buff up and make better," NBC alternative TV chief Paul Telegdy told TheWrap in February, when he first disclosed his plan to renew the show.

"Sing-Off" wasn’t a ratings monster in its first outing last December, but it did turn in solid numbers during a slow period and held steady during its run.

Since the show aired, Sony has been busy synergizing around the show: Sony Latin America is planning a major album release for season one winners Nota.

Also, "Sing-Off" judge Nicole Scherzinger has been busy on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" — upping her profile in advance of the "Sing-Off" return.

Sony Pictures Television, Tenth Planet and Outlaw Entertaiment produce "Sing-Off." Joel Gallen was among the executive producers of the first season of the show, which was hosted by Nick Lachey.