Sara Bareilles Replaces Nicole Scherzinger On NBC’s ‘The Sing Off’

With Nicole Scherzinger off to find “The X Factor” on FOX, a new songstress is coming to the celebrity judging panel of NBC choir competition “The Sing Off.”

Singer Sara Bareilles will join returning panel members Ben Folds, of Ben Folds Five, and Shaw Stockman of Boyz II Men, NBC announced on Thursday.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the panel of judges for ‘The Sing-Off’ this fall!” Sara said in a statement issued by NBC. “A cappella music is very near and dear to my heart, and I have been a huge fan of the show from the beginning. I love the opportunity to be a part of something that celebrates a genre of music that I just adore and believe in. I can’t wait for it to start.”

NBC is happy to have the singer, best known for her hit, “Love Song.”

“I love the fact that on this show, the judges are each so rooted in the world they preside over,” NBC Executive Vice President Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “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 ' - she’s a fan and we’re thrilled she’s coming on board.”

“The Sing Off” returns for its third season on NBC on September 19 at 8 PM ET/PT.

Nick Lachey will return again as host.

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