Welcome to The Bakery! For those of you who participated in previous rounds, welcome back! To anyone here for the first time, we are deciding the title of "Greatest Keyboardist Ever - As Chosen By The Members Of The CBS Sportsline Community." A big thank you to everyone who participated in previous rounds! To see the semifinal blog, click here:
Here are the semifinal results. Once again, winners are in bold, seeding is in parenthesis, and votes received are in brackets:
(1) Rick Wakeman  vs. (20) Billy Joel  - Well, the Piano Man was finally eliminated by the virtuoso. I can't say I'm surprised as Wakeman is an outstanding keyboardist. Quite a memorable run by Joel though!
(3) Keith Emerson  vs. (2) Stevie Wonder  - This one surprised me more but I guess the virtuoso beat out the songwriter in the end here too...
Just an interesting side note: Most voters in the semifinals either voted for the two virtuosos (Wakeman & Emerson) or the two singer/songwriters (Wonder and Joel).
Anyways, here is the final matchup:
(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (3) Keith Emerson - The two virtuosos (sorry I love that word!) go head to head in a face off!
In this round, if there is a tie at the end of the voting period, the deadline will be extended to allow more votes to come in and break the tie. Voting for the finals will stay open slightly longer than usual - it will close on Saturday, August 9, at 11 AM EST. (deadline revised 8/4/08)
I guess the only other question is: "What's next?" Well I will not be online much in August so any new vote - off probably will not start right away. However, I am still open to any suggestions/ideas!
I have enjoyed running this vote - off (my first one ever!) It has been interesting tallying everyone's votes and reading your comments. Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to participate!
Happy Posting and enjoy the finals!
-The Muffin Man