Greatest Idol Performance: Round 2 Begins With Blake Vs. Bo, Elliott Vs. Ruben, and More!

If you struggled to pick your favorites in the brutal first-round matchups of TVLine.com’s American Idol All-Time Greatest Performance Bracket Tournament, then Round 2 might leave you paralyzed with indecision. Today, we’ve got a bout between one of the most daring song rearrangements in Idol history and one of the most audacious vocal choices the show has ever seen. We’ve also got a showdown between two of the show’s most revered voices: Ruben Studdard and Elliott Yamin. Plus, there are tough draws for divisional top seeds Adam Lambert and David Cook. But nobody ever said it would be easy to pare down the field in our 64-player tourney, which is composed of the most electrifying moments in the 10-season history of Fox’s ratings behemoth. It’s your job to vote in these single-elimination faceoffs, and decide which 16 Idol Moments advance to our third round.

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Michael Johns Join the Battle on Day 7!

Every day around 1:00 p.m. ET over the next few weeks, we’ll launch a new set of duels to the death that will have you joyously reliving your favorite Idol moments and biting your nails wondering how in the heck you’re gonna choose between ’em.

Before you head to the polls, you may want to peruse these memory-refreshing links to the performances entering the ring this afternoon:

Performance Links!
Adam Lambert, “Mad World
Matt Giraud, “Let’s Get It On
Ruben Studdard, “Superstar
Elliott Yamin, “A Song for You
David Cook, “Always Be My Baby
Casey James, “Jealous Guy
Blake Lewis, “You Give Love a Bad Name
Bo Bice, “In a Dream

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Crazy Dancing, and…Adam Lambert Comparisons?

It’s gonna be brutal seeing four of those great Idol moments snuffed out before the Round of 16, no? So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 2 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

Greatest ‘Idol’ Performance (Day 8): Carrie, Brooke, Allison and Crystal Enter the Arena!

And if you’re interested in the matchups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks and how the first four days of matchups played out, click here to check out the entire 64-player bracket (then click again for a zoomed in view), and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.