There were a few close races last week as the poll numbers jumped around quite a bit. Lubeck gave one heck of a fight before bowing out to tournament favorite Istanbul; while again Florence and Rio quietly advanced to the the round of 8. You may have noticed the figures changed quite a bit at the end, that was because I had to remove a number of invalid votes (aka. cheaters). For the rest of the tournament you’ll have to register to vote.
You MUST first register here to vote. (I’ll delete all registrations after the competition.) We’ve got Europe, southeast Asia, South America, and the Middle East making this a well-rounded Elite 8. You have until this Sunday, March 27th at 12:00pm US EST to decide which 4 cities will remain. (Email and RSS subscribers will need to click through to this page to vote.)
You can view the entire tournament bracket in full size or click the image to view in wide-screen.
Good luck to all of the cities still left, getting this far has been no easy accomplishment! The Final Four and Championship will both be next week, kicking off on Tuesday, March 29th.
Don’t worry if you missed this contest, I run several throughout the year. You can be the first to find out about the next one by signing up for my email updates, RSS feed, or bi-monthly newsletter.
It was a tight race but happy Budapest squeaked past Paris! Going up against Prague though, that’s going to be a toughie…
Prague has been very, very strong but thing you’ll make for a good eastern European battle!
Having spent a considerable amount of time in both Prague and Budapest, I am torn that I have to choose between the two, I voted for Prague definitely since I entered it in the first place, but it was a simple coin toss between these two cities when I picked a city to enter. Oh well, it’s definitely an interesting duel!
Good luck to you both! This is an interesting match up to watch indeed 🙂
cheaters tut tut tut, takes away the fun
Rio has to win now, knocking out the mighty Reykjavik : )
it was an awesome run though thank you all for getting it that far
Yeah, I was disappointed – it just gives it a bit of a sour taste. Anyway, things are off and ready again; too bad about Reykjavik but glad to hear you’re backing the former opponent.
Wow, I thought Chiang Mai was around 30 votes behind or so last time I checked this weekend. Now up against Istanbul.. ouch. I hope the Chiang Mai community can continue to give some love to the best city to visit ever (not just 2011) ;).
Istanbul is a heavy hitter, I think CM has its work cut out for it but everyone loves an underdog at the same time 🙂
For some reason, my computer is not letting me register – crap!…apparently you are an “untrusted source” (yikes!) 🙂 It might be some sort of firewall or whatnot at work, but….anyways, if it is possible Porto, Chiang Mai, Budapest, Rio are my votes, if you are able to throw one out their on our behalf?
If not no stress, we will just send victory vibes to those cities!
This has been an awesome idea by the way – I love it!
Yes, the darn certificate for foxnomad.com was signed by me. What all that means is that your browser doesn’t recognize it. Completely safe though I promise! Let me know if you still can’t register late on and I’ll work on fixing the problem.
I’m having the same issue… Firefox is telling me not only is it self signed, but that your certificate has also expired…
Oops, ah yes. The certificate expired earlier this year but in terms of safety or security it doesn’t matter. Although the certificate warnings are annoying and a bit scary, having the certificate actually makes your password much safer as it floats across the Internet 🙂
I’ll do my best to update the certificate soon, after this round of voting; although shutting off SSL for the registrations might not happen.
I voted but it is not as much fun when people cheat. Don’t reckon I can promote it as much either on Facebook as I think many people would not want to register. Shame because you done a really good job here Anil. Anyway onwards we go!!
Thanks Natalie and hopefully the registration doesn’t discourage good competition 🙂 Good luck!