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Final Round: Royals Review Sixth Inning Song Contest

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All the roads we've had to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding.

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We are here. We have arrived. What was once a gleam on a far-flung horizon, is now a shoreline stretched out before us. What was once thirty-two community submissions stretching the eclectic soundscape of music's wide valley is now a pair of battle-tested heroes. Let's take a look at the semifinal results:

Kansas City by Little Richard/The Beatles (44.3%) defeated by The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy (55.7%)

The frontrunner was Kansas'd by the well-worn underdog in the Final Four, as Thin Lizzy snuck past the odds-on favorite to punch their ticket to the championship round.

Cult of Personality by Living Colour (21%) defeated by Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (79%)

You gave me fortune, you gave me fame, you gave me power once believed inconceivable, but alas it was not enough, as the underdog story of Living Colour came to an end against the second son, Lana...Lana...LANAAAAAAAA Danger Zone.

Loggins seemed like an inevitable selection, and at once many hoped that our final bout would be a kin-on-kin slugfest of titans, with Footloose and Danger Zone squaring off. Alas, it was not meant to be, and so we come to the last of this season's contests.

Here's a little background, taken from the song's Wikipedia pages.

[The Boys Are Back In Town] was given 499th position among the 2004 Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, though it was not included in the 2010 update.[1] Rolling Stone praised lead singer Phil Lynott's "Gaelic soul" and called the "twin-guitar lead by Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson" used "crucial to the song's success".[2] The song is played at most Irish Rugby matches.[3] In March 2005, Q magazine placed "The Boys Are Back in Town" at No. 38 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[4]

The band Toto was originally intended to perform [Danger Zone], but legal conflicts between the producers of Top Gun and the band's lawyers prevented this.[1]

Bryan Adams was approached to allow his song "Only the Strong Survive" on the soundtrack and perform "Danger Zone", but Adams refused any involvement, feeling that the film glorified war and he did not want any of his work linked to it.

REO Speedwagon were also approached to perform "Danger Zone", but the group declined due to not being allowed to contribute any of their own compositions to the soundtrack.

Eventually, the film producers agreed that "Danger Zone" would be recorded and performed by Kenny Loggins.[1]