July 14, 2011 12:32pm PT by Philiana Ng
Sara Bareilles Joins 'The Sing-Off,' Replaces Nicole Scherzinger
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will join NBC's The Sing-Off as the third celebrity judge, NBC announced Thursday.
Bareilles will replace Nicole Scherzinger, who will serve as a judge on Fox's upcoming fall series The X Factor. The "Love Song" singer will serve alongside fellow celebrity judges Ben Folds and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman.
"I love the fact that on this show, the judges are each so rooted in the world they preside over,” said Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. “Simply put, they can do what the contestants are doing and that means a lot. Sara will bring a sublime technical knowledge and huge appreciation for The Sing-Off."
Bareilles, a three-time Grammy winner, recently released her album Kaleidescope Heart, which earned a Grammy nomination for "King of Anything." She is currently opening for Sugarland this summer and is headlining several shows in the U.S.
The Sing-Off returns Sept. 19.