Adam Lambert Vs. David Archuleta! Idol's Best Performance Quarterfinals Begin!

Over the last three weeks, we’ve narrowed the field from 64 down to eight players in TVLine.com’s American Idol All-Time Greatest Performance Bracket Tournament. But the pain has just begun!

Our first quarterfinal matchup pits Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert (and his dramatically lit, achingly beautiful “Mad World”) against Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta (and his tender, crystal clear “Imagine”). It’s going to be a brutal choice between two very different artists, but it’s the only way we can narrow our single-elimination, 64-player tourney down to four semifinalists. (For the uninitiated, every day around 1:00 p.m. ET over the next few weeks, we’ll launch a new set of duels to the death, so be sure to keep coming back and making sure your favorites advance.)

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!
David Archuleta, “Imagine
Adam Lambert, “Mad World

Watch those videos now, then down to our polls to vote for your favorites (voting will be open for 48 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

And if you’re interested in the matchups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks and how the early rounds 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.