FINAL RESULTS!!! These songs are all incredible. Collectively you gave them eight 10s, perfect scores, hitting in the moment. At a time we need great music more than ever…
Here we go! The bronze goes to the sweet and beautiful “Stand by Me”, with 114.6 points. It was one voter’s first choice. (Hi Brynna!)
At #2, the silver, the runner-up, the almost-champ: “Romeo and Juliet”, with 125.2 points. It was seven voters’ first choice, and for many, the sentimental favorite of the tournament.
And our Guillermo C. Olivos Memorial Music Tournament Champion, with 133.4 points, and eight first-place votes, is “Under Pressure”. Congratulations to Queen for another tournament championship, Bowie for being our favorite stardust in the sky , and thank all of you for a memorable and special two-month reunion.
We’re going to improvise here and declare a three-song final! While “Stand by Me” won comfortably in the semis against “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, in the other bracket “Under Pressure” beat “Romeo and Juliet” by .1, with both scores outperforming “Stand by Me”. That’s basically a tie, so it’s only fitting the trio face off to decide this thing.
And to be honest, people were dropping some random scores that (“7.8”) that I might have been more of a stickler about in the past. I let it slide, but it resulted in two songs being separated by a negligible amount.
So let’s roll with this three-way. Regular rules apply, score it as you would any other match-up, and the high-score wins!
Vote in the comment section below by Wednesday at midnight, EST. Since this one will surely be down to the wire, that’s a hard deadline – we’ll announce the winner at midnight. Please push especially our Biloxi friends to participate.
It’s been an absolute pleasure tournamenting with all of you these past few weeks. Thank you to our regular voters, the beating heart of the music tournament. And a special thanks to Lindsay, Natalie, Brian, and especially Aiko for your collaboration on the posts, scoring and playlists. Hope to see many of you in person when that becomes possible.
And now, without further ado, the playlist for your final match-up:
“Under Pressure” (Queen w/ David Bowie) vs. “Romeo and Juliet” (Dire Straits) vs. “Stand by Me” (Ben E. King)