Wednesday, January 16, 2008

IDOL MADNESS: Wednesday 1/16 Report

Voting for the Cowell and Seacrest brackets of IDOL MADNESS is underway, and there continues to be huge response, and some very close match-ups that may come down to the wire.

Remember, Cowell Bracket voting ends Thursday at 11:59PM EST and Seacrest Bracket voting ends Saturday at 11:59PM EST. The Jackson bracket will be posted on Friday morning.

Cowell Bracket Report -- Click for drawsheet and first round match-ups

Most of the favorites continue to cruise in the Round of 64 voting, with Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Tamyra Gray, Jennifer Hudson and Bo Bice all headed for relatively easy victories.

The last two match-ups, however, look like they will end in upsets -- #10 Kellie Pickler is currently enjoying a 63.7% to 36.3% lead over #7 George Huff, and #9 Chris Richardson is dominating #8 Scott Savol, 70.5% to 29.5%.

Seacrest Bracket Report -- -- Click for drawsheet and first round match-ups

This bracket features the tightest match-up so far, between #4 Diana Degarmo and #13 Bucky Covington. They've gone back and forth over the past two days, but as of this writing Bucky has a slim lead, 53.7% to 46.3%, over the Season 3 runner-up. This one is going to be a battle to the finish.

Top seeds Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken, Melinda Doolittle and LaKisha Jones all look headed for expected victories, but #9 Constantine Maroulis looks bound to pull of an upset win over #8 Trenyce -- he's currently leading by more than 70% of the vote. #7 RJ Helton and #10 Sanjaya Malakar are also locked in a bit of a battle, with RJ currently holding off Sanjaya 57.4% to 42.6%.

To vote in any of the match-ups, click on the links in the right side navigation bar.

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