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March Madness Round 2: Vote for the Remaining 8 Viral Videos

The world has spoken and the field for our March Madness bracket has been whittled from 16 to eight

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Welcome to the Exasperating Eight

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You spoke and we listened. Our Viral Videos March Madness bracket has made the shift from 16 videos to only eight, and now the next round of voting is ready to begin!

Check out the first round of voting here!

We asked you guys to vote for the most maddening viral videos from the past year - but we think most of you went the route of picking the cutest kittens or most talented birds because we saw some monumental upsets.

"Gangnam Style" and "Harlem Shake," which we pegged to meet in the championship, were both ousted in the first round of voting. Regardless, this week's Exasperating Eight round offers some intriguing match-ups.

We've got the very popular "Taylor Swift ft. Goats" in a showdown against the auto-tuned "Oh My Dayum" video, along with the hologram form of Tupac squaring off opposite a dubstep-singing bird.

Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the exhilarating rush of voting through another round. Be sure to cast your votes by midnight EST on March 31 and come back the next day for the Frustrating Four!

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We never expected the Collective Soul Cat to upset Gangnam Style in the first round, but the kitten's cuteness must have been enough to help the video advance. 

That faces off against a young man and his grandma dancing to Tyga's "Rack City" hit, which barely clawed its way here in a tight squeeze with the video of two toddlers jamming to Korn. 

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You better take Taylor seriously. This mashup of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" and, um, a goat yelling was one of the highest vote-getters in the first round.

In the other corner is the auto-tuned phenomenon, "Oh My Dayum." Some background on this video: This dude did a video blog review of a Five Guys cheeseburger and fries in his car. The review was fantastic in itself - he really nails the essence of the bacon - and the resulting auto-tune is just as good. 

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In another monumental takedown, the dubstep-singing bird caught America's eye when it upset "Harlem Shake." This is one talented bird - too bad Ultra's already over, they could have added another headliner.

It's no surprise that Hologram Tupac made it on to the next round. Its brilliantly controversial appearance at Coachella was one of the most talked-about music news stories of 2012.

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Gotye covers came a dime a dozen as "Somebody That I Used To Know" racked up 5 million sales in the first half of 2012 alone. But of all the cover songs, this was one of the most startlingly refreshing. That's a lot of noise coming from one guitar - even if there are five people playing it.

We were excited to see our own ICP Theater video advance in a close call with Justin Bieber's lip-syncing of "Call Me Maybe." We could watch these guys dissect the smash pop hit's music video on a loop.


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