Two blow-outs and two nailbiters is starting to become the standard this round. High scorer was Louis Armstrong, and boy did the man with the trumpet bring it. “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” has replaced Florence & The Machine as the top averaging song of the entire Round of 256 to date with a 7.74 average, has made the Wall of 10’s courtesy of Kate M and zd, and put a pounding on “Airplanes,” 247.7-162.2. Which also makes this the biggest blowout to date (Armstrong won by over 85 points.) Sorry B.o.B. and Haylee- coulda used a wish right now.
AKTBADO’s opponent in the next round will be “Crabbuckit.” K-os didn’t do so bad himself, setting an early lead that never dissipated and eliminating “Cut My Hair,” 218.3-184.6. Pavement joins the New York Dolls in the “we keep making the playoffs and keep losing in the first round” corner with a bunch of these NFL teams.
Upset nation! Play-in survivor Semisonic’s “Closing Time” shocks 1 seed New Order’s “Ceremony,” 194.1-181.4. Stayed relatively close throughout, but some late votes drove the 90s ballad to the win. Fear not, New Order fans, as temptation awaits in Division H. Well, maybe temptation, but definitely a song by New Order called “Temptation.”
Last but not least- THOSE guys. This was back and forth for 48 straight hours, and consistently about 7 points close, give or take. With an hour and a half, Sam put Gift of Gab back in the lead. Then with 30 minutes left, Liz and Grant combined forces from opposite coasts to give OAR the win at the tape. “That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker” takes “Way of Light,” 182.3-181.6. We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again- every vote counts. The stage is now set for the Battle of 1999 in the next round. And as a side note, our first pair of advancing songs that are both from new nominators! Sweet.
Out of the tournament: B.o.B. & Haylee Williams, Pavement, and Gift of Gab solo (Blackalicious awaits in Division F.)