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Pentatonix, AKA "PTX," are an ACappella singing group consisting of Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola. Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch grew up together in Arlington, TX. They recorded a Website/YouTube cover of [[Music/LadyGaga "Telephone"]] in an attempt to win a "meet the cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}''" contest. They didn't win, but when Scott learned about ''Series/TheSingOff'', they were inspired to audition. With advice from ''Sing-Off'' staff member and Scott's college friend Ben Bram, they added Avi, the bass singer, and invited Kevin to join them on vocal percussion after seeing his viral "cello-beatboxing" video on [=YouTube=]. Together, the group produces a unique, full, complex and layered sound, with Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch forming the melodic and harmonic core and Avi and Kevin laying down a remarkably solid base.

Pentatonix won the third season of ''The Sing-Off'', and have released four [=EPs=] and two studio albums thus far, while regularly releasing [=YouTube=] videos of their music. They have had multiple viral videos, most notably "Evolution of Music/{{Beyonce}}" and a Music/DaftPunk medley which reached 100 million views in November 2014 (one year after it was posted). Both videos received wide media attention as well. Pentatonix has headlined multiple US and European tours and one Australasian tour, and opened for Music/KellyClarkson's ''Piece By Piece'' tour. They've performed pop, electronic, dubstep, R&B, and hip-hop music in their signature ACappella style. They're the first ''Sing-Off'' alums to have an album go platinum (''That's Christmas to Me'') and also the first to win a Grammy (for "Daft Punk"), and the first a cappella group to have a No. 1 album in the United States.

!!Discography

* ''PTX Volume 1'' (June 2012)
* ''[=PTXmas=]'' (November 2012)
* ''PTX Volume 2'' (November 2013)
* ''[=PTXmas=]'' Deluxe Edition (2 bonus tracks) (November 2013)
* ''PTX Volume 3'' (September 2014)
* ''That's Christmas To Me'' (October 2014)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Pentatonix]]'' (October 2015)

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!!Pentatonix provide examples of the following tropes:

* ACappella: They have a unique take, incorporating electronic influences in their percussion, beatboxing, and song structure.
* {{Adorkable}}: All of them, especially when they're geeking out about one of their interests. (For example, Scott talking about Beyonce or Mitch talking about corgis.)
* AfterTheEnd: The setting for their cover of [[Music/ImagineDragons "Radioactive"]] with Music/LindseyStirling. Blasted, graffiti'd buildings, oversaturated visuals, and costumes with plenty of dusty leather and goggles.
* AntiLoveSong: Original song "The Baddest Girl":
-->Do you really love me? (Tell me that you love me, say it)\\
Do you really care? (I won't hold you to it, put me through it)\\
Do you really want me? (Don't worry, my heart is made of steel)\\
Do you really.. at least pretend to love me girl,\\
I don't care if that love is real.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Arguably in their collaboration with Todrick Hall:
-->'''Kirstie''' (''as the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Witch of the West]]''): Don't want no money! [''to Avi/Lion''] I like your beard.
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** One of the most well-received parts of their concerts is where they divide the audience into thirds and have each third sing a part (as Team Scott, Team Mitch, and Team Kirstie), then have Avi and Kevin do their thing beneath.
** Lately, they've been teaching the audience the three parts for the chorus of "On My Way Home."
* BassoProfundo: Avi, full stop. The man can rattle the floorboards on incredibly deep, low tones.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: They tend to remove curse words and other potentially racy language in their songs, the most notable being their performance of "OMG" on ''Series/TheSingOff'', explained in part by Kevin's very religious background. Fortunately, it rarely if ever gets in the way of their songs and it [[TropesAreNotBad really does make the songs more palatable to a wider audience]].
* BookEnds: The beginning and end of "The Wizard of Ahhs", a musical parody of and homage to [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the iconic 1939 film]] featuring Todrick Hall, begins and ends with the line ''Somewhere Over the Rainbow''.
* CheshireCatGrin: Mitch can pull off a very unnerving smile, which borders on a SlasherSmile in their "Aha!" music video.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp7PS_UN8Lo video]] for their original song "Run To You" and their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt3oAyK_IG8 cover]] of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."
* ChristmasSongs: Two full albums of them, ''[=PTXmas=]'' and ''That's Christmas to Me''.
%%* CloudCuckoolander: Scott can be this.
* ComicalAngryFace: The behind-the-scenes for their "Radioactive" cover features a "super-frown count" of Lindsey Stirling and several members of the group doing their comical angry faces for various reasons. Final tally? Four.
* ConceptVideo: Thus far:
** Their cover of "Starships" by Music/NickiMinaj features the group putting together a spaceship out of random household objects.
** Their cover of "Aha" by Music/ImogenHeap, in which zombified band members stalk a man and his girlfriend.
* CoverVersion: The majority of their songs so far. However, they often drastically rearrange the songs and like to do medleys, such as "Daft Punk" which combines seven different Daft Punk songs in one and "La La Latch" which combines "La La La" and "Latch", both of which have lead vocals by Music/SamSmith. ''Pentatonix'', in contrast to earlier albums, is mostly original songs with only "If I Ever Fall In Love" as a cover (plus covers of [[Music/{{Skrillex}} "Where Are Ü Now"]], "Cheerleader", and "Lean On" in the deluxe version.)
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In the video for "Daft Punk", Kirstie not only wears blue contact lenses but a pale blue wig and blue make-up across her eyes and nose.
* FiveTokenBand: Very nearly a natural example: Two white guys (both of whom are gay), a Hispanic girl, a Jewish guy, and a black guy.
* HalloweenEpisode:
** The video for their cover of "Aha". ACappella music by way of a zombie flick.
** The video for "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is also rather dark and eerie, if toned down compared to "Aha."
* IcyBlueEyes: The band sports pale blue contact lenses in their "Daft Punk" video, except for Kevin who wears futuristic CoolShades.
* {{Medley}}:
** Their Music/BritneySpears cover from ''The Sing-Off''
** Their Music/{{NSYNC}} medley from their Website/YouTube channel.
** The "Evolution of Music" video, spanning over five hundred years' worth of popular music.
** "The Evolution of {{Music/Beyonce}}" which is exactly what it sounds like.
** "Music/DaftPunk", which combines "Technologic", "One More Time", "Get Lucky", "Digital Love", "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", "Television Rules the Nation", and "Around The World"
** "The Wizard of Ahhhs"
** "Evolution of Music/MichaelJackson". It is nothing short of awesome.
** They also did one of ''Series/SesameStreet'' songs based around "Pinball Number Count."
* MrFanservice:
** Judging by his intro part in "Pusher Love Girl", Avi seems to have taken this role, but mostly only in the music.
** Watch them perform "Let's Get It On" live in concert. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAboEgHvBbM Avi provides free lap dances for the "chair girls."]]
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: ACappella pop, ACappella hip-hop, ACappella electronica...
* OnceAnEpisode: At the end of many of their [=YouTube=] videos, Avi will say, "Don't forget to subscribe" in a deep voice.
* TheOner: Some of their early [=YouTube=] videos consist of the group sitting on a couch in front of a stationary camera and singing live.
* PerformanceVideo: They have several of these, such as the video for their cover of Music/FleetFoxes' "White Winter Hymnal."
* PrecisionFStrike: Subverted; you have to listen closely to catch it, but Mitch is actually singing "Bad Mitches like me" in their cover of "Starships" instead of "bitches."
* PrettyInMink: Kirstie wore a white fur jacket on the album cover of ''That's Christmas To Me''.
* RenaissanceMan: Kevin plays cello at professional level as well as saxophone and piano along with inventing celloboxing (playing cello while beatboxing). He's a gifted singer, composer and arranger with his own solo EP (''The Renegade'') and speaks five languages fluently, including French and Mandarin Chinese. He graduated pre-med from Yale with a degree in Asian Studies which included a year and a half as an exchange student at China's two best schools, Beijing and Tsinghua University. He put a career in medicine on hold to explore his musical calling.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Well, almost. PTX is a nickname for the group, and their first four albums were "PTX, Volume 1," "[=PTXmas=]," "PTX, Vol II," and "PTX, Vol. III." Finally played completely straight with ''Pentatonix''.
* SesameStreetCred: They've already [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b-v-wMR69k appeared in an episode]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** Their collaboration with Music/LindseyStirling on Music/ImagineDragons' "Radioactive" (and later again on Music/{{Stromae}}'s "Papaoutai"). ACappella music... with cello and violin.
** In their concerts, they bring out Kevin's cello and have him cello-beatbox in order to give the rest of the vocalists a bit of a break.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Their first four albums all contain their nickname, "PTX," in the title; the fifth one is titled "That's Christmas to Me." Their sixth resumes the pattern, being a true SelfTitledAlbum.
* VocalTagTeam: Scott takes lead most often, but Kirstie and Mitch carry several songs apiece, and Mitch usually does the rapping when it's needed. Even Avi gets into the mix on several of their tunes, especially on some of their recent original songs.
* VocalDissonance: Despite having the [[BassoProfundo deepest]] voice of the group, Avi is 5'11" to Kevin's 6'1" and Scott's 6'3".
* VoiceTypes: The average American has a vocal range of one-and-a-quarter octaves; a trained singer typically has two and a bit. The members of Pentatonix have a ''lot'' more, easily qualifying as [[JustForPun bisectional]].
** Avi is a BassoProfundo but can function as a tenor. [[http://youtu.be/fu2adThK7NQ One video]] pegs his range as ''three-and-a-half'' octaves.
** Scott primarily sings tenor lead, but can function as a bass.
** Kevin is a high tenor on the rare occasions when he sings (in "Run To You" his part is notated as an alto part sometimes and a tenor at others).
** Kirstie tops out at mezzo-soprano, but has access to the whistle-tones made famous by Music/MariahCarey.
** Mitch typically plays the part of the alto. That's crazy enough as it is, because that makes him a CrossDressingVoice singing the part of a woman, but it gets crazier still when you see him run the gamut from tenor to soprano over the course of "Aha!" alone. When they do [[Music/{{Queen}} "Bohemian Rhapsody"]], it's ''Mitch'' who hits the high note, not Kirstie. Mitch [[http://youtu.be/PQ0xe5idUNc?t=49s also has a whistle register]], almost as high as Kirstie, though maybe not as consistent.
* WhiteMaleLead: While every member save Kevin has sung lead on at least one song, Scott is the most common lead.
* XMakesAnythingCool: According to Scott, the group was originally going to be called "The Pentatonics," but a friend suggested dropping the "The" and adding X at the end.

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