Last night on NBC’s The Sing-Off, electro-funky quintet Pentatonix was crowned the champion.
The group won a $200,000 prize and a Sony recording contract on the cappella competition show. That’s great news for the Texas-based group, but what’s most thrilling to us is that there’s a Latina woman in Pentatonix!
Kirstie Maldonado is a 19-year-old National Hispanic Scholar in her second year at the University of Oklahoma. Her love for music began at the tender age of 7, according to her biography on Pentatonix’s website. The teen was visibly moved when The Sing-Off’s winner was announced, even shedding a few tears. That same excitement carried over to her Twitter account yesterday. “Nerves nerves tears omg. Freaking a little,” Maldonado tweeted. “EXCITED!”
Pentatonix consistently delivered the most ambitious, fresh, and exciting performances throughout the season. The Dartmouth Aires came in second place, and hip-hop troupe Urban Method came in third.
Congrats to Maldonado and the rest of Pentatonix – we look forward to hearing more from them! Listen to their sound below and watch Maldonado do her thang on stage!