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Guilty Pleasures, Round Three: Journey (3) vs. Barry Manilow (2)

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EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With eight seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.

This is the final matchup of Round Three. Polls will remain open through the weekend.

JOURNEY

Journey took out Hall & Oates in Round Two. Oddly, most of the commenters favored Hall & Oates.

“Journey are brilliant at being effortlessly awful. they brought cheesiness to a new level and yet i still sing along to their stuff. thats some powerful cheese…” — hen

BARRY MANILOW

24 votes was all that separated Barry from Neil Diamond in their face-off. At one point on Sunday night, they were actually tied. Fanilows, you’ll have to work a little harder this time.

“This was a toughee. I must go with Barry because I wore out the 8-track of his ‘Live’ album, and I have never owned any Neil Diamond. Plus people groan more when I sing ‘Copacabana’ than ‘Sweet Caroline.'” — Rose McBeth

This match-up of Cheese Icons, is too (too) much like Federer having to play Nadal in round two of the US Open. Not fair! These two should have been fighting it out for the title…grrr.

That said, have to vote, and will try to do this wisely as I simply comes down to how do I feel the guiltiest about? I don’t mind at all that people know I had a sweaty vinyl copy of the live album Hot August Night back in the day I played again, and again, and again. I have no problem that you now know I happily went along to see Neil live (it was, ahem, 1977 though).

But I can only show of a love for Manilow safely outside the comfort of my own home when in the presence of much alcohol and knowing I am with like-minded Copacabana loving individuals. “She was a showgirl, her name was Lola”…Manilow for the win!” — RubyBaby

Want to vote in a previous matchup? Click here to visit Guilty Pleasure Bracket Central!

Photo Credit: Journey: Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis; Manilow: Everett Collection