ALL STANDINGS WILL BE UPDATED AT @11:59 PM DAILY UNTIL 10:00 PM ON THE FINAL DAY OF VOTING!
The All-American Encore Round Continues! Check here soon to view the official standings after the most recent elimination round. The Final Round will be judged to select 4 NCPA All-Americans and 4 All-American honorable mentions.
UPSTAGEDAID: One World Every Student Voice
ALL AMERICAN ENCORE COMPETITION CONTINUES!
A big THANK YOU! to everyone who voted in the All-American Encore Elimination Round.
For the All-American Final Encore Round, the top 8 vote getters from the Elimination Round will continue, joined by the 8 runners up from our Main Bracket “Singing Sixteen” Second Round. Our UpStaged Judging Panel will select 4 teams for UPSTAGED NCPA ALL-AMERICAN recognition (and a $500 Prize – split with your sponsored charity), and 4 teams for UPSTAGED NCPA HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN recognition.
Here are the Teams going to the Judges for Review:
Top Ranked From Elimination Round:
#8 Sigma’cappella Hofstra Univeristy
#7 Doox Yale University
#6 Footnotes Princeton University
#5 Swarm Texas A&M University
#4 The Nor’easters Northeastern University
#3 Amazin’ Blue University of Michigan
#2 Counterpoint Stanford University
#1 Soul2Soul Miami University Ohio
Entering from Main Bracket: (Unranked)
#1 Seed Berklee Pitch Slapped
#1 Seed Rochester Midnight Ramblers
#1 Seed Howard Afro Blue
#1 Seed UFlorida Gestalt
#1 Seed Utah Valley VoiceLine
#2 Seed University of Illinois No Comment
#2 Seed Belmont Prismatics
#2 Seed University of Arizona Amplified
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS!
UPSTAGEDAID: ONE WORLD EVERY STUDENT VOICE
Statement on Voting Integrity
We have had extraordinary interest from voters – more than 124,000 votes cast so far over two voting rounds! As previously shared with our teams, a few voters got a bit too “creative,” to put it kindly, in their voting enthusiasm for their group(s), which necessitated additional time and resources to review and verify to ensure the integrity of the vote count in Round 2.
To ensure voting integrity, UpStaged Entertainment Group uses the verification services of data analytics firm Pequan Media, of New York City. The votes are first tabulated via UpStaged’s voting platform, employing a layer of email verification. A subsequent round of screening is conducted by UpStaged, eliminating duplicate emails and running all registered emails through another email verification platform. A third and final screen is conducted by UpStaged to analyze larger blocks of voting activity, employing manual verification where reasonably indicated. Finally, UpStaged’s internal processes, voting results, and selected workpapers are reviewed by Pequan data analysts and the results are then finalized.
This being the first ever bracketed virtual college performing arts championship, first time issues were bound to arise. Some contests choose not to employ such multi-level audit processes in order to save resources and share results more quickly, but we at UpStaged believe the integrity and future of virtual championships like these require the extra time, resources and capital necessary to conduct this level of verification.
We were saddened that some of the revised tabulations changed certain match results in Round 2. However, it’s important to note that the vast majority of the overwhelming voter numbers were valid, reflecting the beautiful spirit of this a cappella community and its passionate fanbase.