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Minnesota native a finalist in ESPN 'SportsCenter' jingle contest


"Da da da – da da da" is a jingle burned on the brains of sports fans.

In 1989, composer John Colby created ESPN "SportsCenter's" beloved little theme song, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Now, Austin, Minnesota, native Trace Bundy is one of two finalists left in a contest to remake the famous ditty. Bundy re-created the popular tune as part of the SportsCenter Fan Jam – a program that invited eight musicians of different genres to put their twist on the tune, according to the Austin Daily Herald.

“We wanted to have artists from all genres and styles who could really put a great twist on our theme song,” Kevin Wilson, ESPN’s music director told ESPN. “All the artists did an amazing job. I could not have been happier.”

Bundy, a singer-songwriter who plays the acoustic guitar, is up against Luna Lee, a traditional Korean musician who plays the gayageum – a 12-string Korean zither that was developed around the 6th Century, The Korea Times reports.

Fans logged on to SportsCenter's Facebook page to vote for their favorite renditions. Voting closed last Thursday and the winner is expected to be announced on SportsCenter this week, according to the Daily Herald.

The winner gets a trip to ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut, to perform as the "house band" for a day, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

Bundy is confident in his rendition of the tune.

“It’s classic,” Bundy told the Daily Herald. “Through the years it’s changed and meandered, but still stayed true to that main melody. I tried to meld older and newer versions, but still keep the ‘da, da, da, DA, DA, DA’ but play in a unique style.”

While several of the entries took a more aggressive approach to remaking the song, the Daily Herald says, Bundy went at the song in his own way, staying true to what he does best.

Bundy, who now lives in Boulder, Colorado, has been a professional musician for about 10 years, the newspaper reports. He got his first guitar at age 12 when he and his brother "went halvsies" on a $10 purchase, ESPN reports.

You can watch the other contestants renditions on ESPN's YouTube page by clicking here.

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