Lachey hosts the two-hour a cappella holiday special Wednesday on NBC

By Nicole Sands
Updated December 01, 2020 11:23 PM
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Just in time for the holidays, Nick Lachey has returned to host The Sing-Off, which he calls “a feel-good show in a feel-good time of year.”

“The great thing about The Sing-Off is that it’s given such a faith to cappella music that it inspires groups out there to actually form for the show,” Lachey tells PEOPLE. “[It’s] great to see new groups and new talents inspired by what groups of the past have done at this point.”

With a winner to be crowned at the end of the night, the two-hour special airing Wednesday at 9/8 p.m. on NBC is bound to offer great performances.

Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump will join veteran judges Shawn Stockman and Jewel as groups deliver top hits from every genre with no instrumentals. Their eye is on a $50,000 grand prize.

“Our judges have always been really great about giving constructive criticism, but doing it in a way that trying to encourage people to get better,” says Lachey.

“A cappella is a passion for us, and it’s just exciting to be a part of this this year,” he says about the genre and the show, which sparked a YouTube sensation in 2011 with Pentatonix, an electrifying five-some from Season 3, as well as Pitch Perfect, the 2012 hit movie about a collegiate a cappella competition.

The Sing-Off was at the forefront of all that,” says Lachey, “so I know we take a great amount of pride in [it].”