NOTE: This event has been canceled.
March Madness and a cappella used to exist in separate worlds. No longer. For the first time, AOL is bringing the two events together for their A Cappella Madness competition, a contest exclusively for collegiate groups. Visit AOL.com/Madness to join in the fun. The tournament consists of bracket-style video submission entries, followed by Sweet Sixteen, Final Four, and Final Championship rounds, mirroring March Madness. The groups will compete against each other by collecting video views/votes for their video performance to advance to the next round of the competition. Draft winners are based off of those that get the top video views.
In the first round (starting March 17), each group is required to cover Katrina And The Waves' classic "Walking On Sunshine". On March 24, the groups with the most votes will move into the Sweet 16 round where the real bracket competition will begin. The competition heats up on March 31 when the video with the most views will move to the Final Four. Finally, the winning group will be announced April 4.
It isn't just bragging rights for the winning group, though they will be able to claim those. The winning collegiate group will record their own music video at AOL's NYC or LA studio (whichever one is closer to said group), and that video will be featured on AOL's most successful original viral video show, "You've Got". They'll be in good company, as guests on "You've Got" have included everyone from President Obama to Oscar The Grouch!
If you're in a collegiate a cappella group, check out AOL.com/Madness for all the info on entering, record and upload your video, and don't forget to tell your fans to vote. Who says basketball gets all the fun? This year, thanks to AOL, one group will definitely get a slam dunk!