MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Less than one month before Chloe English makes her first appearance on national television competing with her college acapella group on NBC's "The Sing-Off" for a prize of $200,000 and a recording contract, the Mamaroneck native is keeping a level head.
"We've already seen a couple of promos and it really is surreal to see yourself on TV," said English, who graduated from the University of Delaware on May 28 this year. "It's pretty special. Only great things can come of this."
English joined the acapella group called the Deltones as a freshman in 2007. She is currently in Los Angeles filming the third season of "The Sing-Off," which will air Sept. 19 -- the Deltones will debut on the second episode Sept. 26. The alumnitone -- as they call their past members -- is one of five alumni who filled in for the current members who couldn't make the trip.
English said she has loved singing and acting since she starred in "Cinderalla" and "Oliver" in elementary school, but never considered pursuing it as a career.
"Getting selected for the show, it's more of an honor than anything else," said English, who sang in the Mamaroneck High School choir and the acapella group The Sound. "I feel like I would rather pursue something a little more stable. But if the opportunity arose, it's definitely something I would love to do."
The Mamaroneck High School graduate majored in communications and English at the University of Delaware. But, before English makes any career decisions, she has to get settled in her new life in Monteray, Calif. where she will move after the show wraps to be with her husband, who she married June 30. "I have to figure out my career plan after that," she said.
In the meantime, English said she is enjoying performing with the Deltones for a prize that could boost interest in the 20-year-old group.
"We're really excited for the fact that it might bring more talent to our auditions and might make the Deltones in the future even greater than it is already. The quality of our music could be shared with the world, instead of just the people who come to our concerts."
The Deltones recently celebrated the group's 20th anniversary at an annual concert in Delaware, which includes different acapella groups from the state who each sing a few songs. English said competing on "The Sing-Off" has reminded her of putting on a concert with fellow acapella groups, rather than a national competition for a rich prize.
"When you see them perform, you don't think, I hope that we do better than them," English said. "You're really just rooting for everyone."
Compared to their competition, which English said has a specific genre they sing, "the reason we sound the way we do is because of how much love we have behind the notes that we're singing."
English credits that style to the group's motto of "friends first, singers second."
You can watch Chloe English compete on "The Sing-Off" Mondays beginning Sept. 19.
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