Big announcement to start things off tonight: On Saturday, April 30th, the night of the Music Tournament finals, I’ll be having people over at my apartment for a listening party, followed by an intense Finals listening at 9pm. As the date approaches I’ll release exact details. Meanwhile, Guillermo will host a similar session in the D.C area. For our friends in Africa, Albany, Boston, LA, Seattle and elsewhere- it’s up to you to coordinate. For the Finals, votes will all be emailed and not released until 9:15pm EST, so everyone is voting blindly.
Now, on to M, N, O and P. Limited commentary, because Astrid and Ogden’s lopsided scores helped flip a couple of matches late in the game.
Division M Championship: Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) def. Let It Be (Beatles), 174-150. Colin, one of our regular email voters, called Under Pressure a serious pick to go all the way. I’d have to agree. It had a dazzling 8.2 average, and only two people gave it less than a 7.
Division O Championship: Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) def. Fortunate Son (CCR), 155-148. This was the closest match up of the day, see-sawing back and forth. CCR is the 263rd artist eliminated.
Division P Championship: Piano Man (Billy Joel) def. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor), 135-122. As Guillermo’s sister Maegan pointed out, unless you’re making a break-up mix, Gaynor shouldn’t be among your top 16 songs. She is the 265th artist eliminated. I’m not convinced Piano Man has much juice left- it had the 2nd lowest score of the day.