Well, it's come down to this. After hundreds of thousands of votes, 65 teams, 20 days and five rounds, we've reached the championship game of MTV's Musical March Madness tournament. There have been shocking upsets, overtime thrillers and even accusations of voter fraud, all of which is going to make for one heck of a "One Shining Moment" montage. We plowed through regions, busted brackets, whittled our list down to a Terrific 32, a Sweet 16, an Elite Eight and a Final Four. And now, there are just two bands standing.
So who are they? Well, before we unveil the two acts who will battle it out for the March Madness crown, let's take a look back at the Final Four, which pitted #2 Muse (champions of the Midwest region) against #5 My Chemical Romance (champs of the West) in one semifinal, and #15 Coheed and Cambria (the unstoppable champions of the South) against #16 Tokio Hotel (the unlikely champions of the East) in the other. Both looked like they'd be hotly contested matchups on paper, but as it turned out, neither of them was particularly close (sort of like Duke/West Virginia).
You can take a look at the updated bracket here. Voting on the championship game begins Monday (April 5) afternoon on the Newsroom blog and will run until Tuesday night. On Wednesday, we'll unveil our champion. And much like Final Four voting, results will remain secret until the champ is crowned, so you won't be able to keep track of the percentages as you vote. (This is what we in the business call building suspense.)
Anyway, who will be playing in the championship game?!? Why, none other than My Chemical Romance and Coheed and Cambria.
And judging by both bands' performances up to this point, our title game is gonna be a doozy.
My Chem got to the championship by hammering Muse in the semifinal, winning 69-31, getting balanced scoring from the Way brothers and a triple-double from guitarist Ray Toro, who abused Muse's Christopher Wolstenholme in the low post. Thanks to the fanatical support of their MCRmy, My Chem have knocked off not only Muse, but upstarts Panic! at the Disco, tournament favorites 30 Seconds to Mars, the mighty Pearl Jam and the upset-minded Gorillaz, and now they stand on the precipice of claiming their first-ever championship.
Of course, it's not going to be easy, because standing in their way are Coheed and Cambria, who may be unstoppable at this point (they are definitely the Duke to MCR's Butler), especially after C&C mauled Tokio Hotel in the semifinal, winning 62-38 (the actual numbers were 30,788 votes to 18,491). And yes, we're aware that there were some, uh, shenanigans being employed by Coheed fans, but they don't seem to have overly skewed the results, so Coheed move on! (Take heart, Tokio fanatics, the band's defeat will not be in vain: We're going to safeguard finals voting against any further chicanery using top-secret technology.)
So who will come out on top in our Musical March Madness championship game, My Chemical Romance or Coheed and Cambria? The MCRmy or the Children of the Fence? It's going to be one for the ages, for certain.
So get your voting fingers ready, polls open Monday afternoon on the Newsroom blog ... on Wednesday, only one band will be left standing.