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'The Sing-Off' Delilah interview: 'We sang from the heart'

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This week's episode of The Sing-Off saw fans having to say goodbye to the all-female a cappella group Delilah after they were sent home following a night of rock and country performances.

Delilah landed in the bottom two alongside Afro-Blue following their performances of 'Dream On' by Aerosmith and 'If I Die Young' by The Band Perry, and ultimately judges Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles opted to eliminate Delilah.

The Sing Off

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Speaking to Digital Spy after the show, group member Hannah Juliano revealed that it had been "so hard" standing next to Afro-Blue on stage because the two groups had built a special bond throughout their time together.

"We have a really strong connection with them, they became some of our best friends... You could see when we all rushed to each other and hugged each other," she said.

Juliano went on to say that she didn't know if fans understood how "uncompetition-like" the show is for the groups, saying that it "felt weird" that a winner would eventually be crowned because they were all so supportive of each other.

"To be pitted against some of your newfound best friends is just heart-wrenching, you can't understand it, it's so strange," she added. "We've been talking all day and all of us are going, 'It was even worse watching [the elimination] than it was being there!'"

The Sing-Off 2011 Episode 3: Judges

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Discussing the judges' comments on this week's songs - which had included pointing out peaking too early in 'Dream On' and pitch issues in 'If I Die Young' - Juliano admitted to Digital Spy that she had initially been worried at how the performances would go.

"I was actually really scared at how they would turn out, but I'm happy at how they did turn out. We were singing from our hearts on both of the songs and both of them were a struggle," she said.

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"We really had to dig deep that week, especially with the country song. We had to rearrange it about ten times and our last version of it was finally done I think on the day of filming.

"Listening back on it and watching the performances, I think they are both beautiful and we were singing our hearts out.

However, she went on to say: "I feel like I have a bias because I feel so strongly connected to [both songs] but I can see what they were talking about as far as energy issues in 'Dream On' where we peaked early, and the pitch issues in 'If I Die Young'.

"I don't think they were as prevalent as the judges had made it seem but when it comes down to it, it's the Top 6 in the competition and any kind of mistake is a big deal because everybody is so talented and so perfect."

Delilah from The Sing-Off

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Juliano also told reporters on the press call that Delilah had faced a different challenge to the rest of the groups on The Sing-Off because of their all-female make-up and need to adapt to the changing genres each week.

"We don't have a natural low end like groups which have guys because physically our voices aren't as low," she explained.

"It was a huge challenge for us every week to not only reinvent these songs and represent them in a way true to us as musicians and as women, but to really get around the struggle of not having that natural low end.

"I think we rose to the challenge every week - we really dug deep every week to try to beat that."

The Sing-Off 2011: Delilah

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The Sing-Off 2011: Afro-Blue

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Delilah were formed from singers who appeared on both the previous seasons of The Sing-Off and then some additional members, and Juliano told Digital Spy that although they are currently living in separate cities they hope to continue making music together.

"We are so excited and so motivated," she said. "Being on the show turned into something much bigger and more special than we would have imagined.

"We continue to talk every single day... We want to see if some offers roll in, we want to do an album and tour and stay together and share this special thing that is Delilah that we found."

As for who the group is rooting for now that they have left, she told us: "Afro-Blue and Pentatonix - we got especially close with those two groups. They are so talented and I love everything they do."

The Sing-Off airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC

Watch Delilah's swansong below:

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