The NCAA basketball tournament heads into its Final Four games on Saturday, which means it's only appropriate that MTV News' Musical March Madness tournament also holds its two semi-finals this weekend. The Elite Eight round was aggressive and intense, full of comebacks and near-misses. While no matchup had the last-second intensity of the My Chemical Romance/ 30 Seconds to Mars showdown in the Sweet 16, there were still four well-fought games worthy of their inclusion this deep in the tournament.
In the end, nearly 100,000 votes were cast in 48 hours for the four polls. Who advanced to the Final Four? Check out the updated bracket here and head over to the Newsroom blog to start voting in the Final Four round on Friday. One note about the voting from here on out: The results will remain secret until the winners are revealed, so you won't be able to keep track of the percentages as you vote. But fear not! We have some surprises in store for the reveals next week.
The White Stripes had one of the more unlikely runs in this year's tournament, as they were one of the few participating groups who don't technically exist at the moment. Still, the enthusiasm for Jack White's oeuvre carried them past the likes of OK Go and Patrick Stump. But the buck stopped in the Elite Eight for Jack and Meg, as Muse continued their dominance for the victory. They've established themselves as the Duke of this bracket — the high-seeded team that used fundamentals to push their way up.
(2) Muse def. (4) The White Stripes, 69-31
The Wild West has been by far the most action-packed bracket, with a number of close calls and nail-biting finishes. So, it was a little bit surprising that My Chemical Romance took down the surging Panic! at the Disco so handily. After besting the likes of Gorillaz, Pearl Jam and 30 Seconds to Mars in games decided by razor-thin margins, the fans of My Chemical Romance (aided by a pact with 30 Seconds to Mars enthusiasts) pushed their favorite band past Panic! and into the Final Four.
(5) My Chemical Romance def. (15) Panic! at the Disco, 69-31
That sets up Muse and My Chemical Romance in the Final Four. Which rock powerhouse will find themselves in the finals?
Tokio Hotel have pounded their way through this tournament by eviscerating titans like Coldplay and Radiohead, but Owl City didn't show up just to roll over. They actually jumped out to an early lead before getting overwhelmed by the German juggernaut. It remains the closest round that Tokio Hotel have had, though it still seemed inevitable that they would advance to the Final Four.
(16) Tokio Hotel def (3) Owl City, 58-42
The South bracket has been Thunderdome since jump street, with underdogs like Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Creed and Coheed and Cambria dominating more mainstream acts like Nick Jonas, Adam Lambert and top overall seed Kings of Leon. In the end, the South was Coheed and Cambria's world, as they pounded Alice in Chains in the Elite Eight's most lopsided finish.
(15) Coheed and Cambria def. (13) Alice in Chains, 74-26
That creates an incredible Final Four showdown between Tokio Hotel and Coheed and Cambria. Both groups have scorched the earth on their way here, but only one can make it to the finals.
Voting opens soon at the MTV Newsroom blog and will stay open until Sunday at 10 p.m. ET. We'll reveal the finals on Monday, when a champion will be decided. Happy voting!