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The elite eight -- Wolf squares off against Alsop

Eight remain in the the Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown. Gary Williams is competing against Joe Flacco, John Waters and Michael Phelps are vying for a semi-final berth, and John Astin is vying with Ray Lewis.

One pairing matters to us. James Beard nominee Cindy Wolf, the executive chef of Charleston, is competing against Grammy Award winner Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I just checked -- it's a dead heat, with fewer than 20 votes separating the two, and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski trailing only slightly behind.

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