Covers Tournament: Elite Eight, Day 2 Results

Cut down the nets, the bracket for the Final Four is set. Our last two finalists have made it through and will face off against one another in what’s sure to be a hotly contested match-up. The results of our last two Elite Eight contests are as follows:

Valerie 165.3, Won’t Back Down 158.4 

This one was close, but the Man in Black never managed to catch up with Amy Winehouse, who was hot out of the gate and never really looked back. Valerie’s 7.87 average makes the song a formidable contender going into the semi-finals, although that score only lands it in third place among the winning Elite Eight averages.   Interestingly, this is the only song among the finalists not to have made the Wall of Tens.

Johnny Cash, who I think can fairly be described as the latter-day King of Covers, can go home knowing that his sole entry in the tournament did him and his legacy justice. Any number of Cash’s American recordings could have gotten this far along in the bracket, and Won’t Back Down was a fine representative of his work.

Wonderful World, 166.75, Straight to Hell, 152.05

The amazing run of the little 46 seed-that-could has come to an end as Lilly Allen finally met a favorite she couldn’t take down. Wonderful World averaged a 7.94 to Straight to Hell’s 7.24, but both songs make the Wall of Tens with two nods apiece. Joey Ramone couldn’t quite keep up his blistering 8+ average, but this round’s 7.94 makes him a decent bet to go all the way.

We had a great turnout this round, so thanks to everyone who voted. Stay tuned though, because the big dance is about to begin.

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