American Idol All-Time Greatest Performance Tourney Begins With Adam, Elliott, Ruben!

Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. Thankfully, though, TVLine.com readers need not display such unmitigated patience, as today we’re launching the American Idol All-Time Greatest Performance Bracket Tournament, featuring 64 of the most goosebump-inducing, Gospel-hand-inspiring, tear-jerking moments in the 10-season history of Fox’s ubiquitous talent competition.

We’ve split our bracket into four distinct divisions: Power Vocalist/Soul Males; Rock/Country/Alternative Males; Soul/Pop Divas; and Pop/Rock/Country Divas. Every day at 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 tearfully cursing us for making you choose between ’em.

To kick things off, we’ve got four different matchups: Adam Lambert’s “Mad World” (his initial rendition, from Songs from the Year You Were Born) vs. Adam Lambert’s “Whole Lotta Love” (sorry, Glamberts!); Justin Guarini’s “Get Here” vs Matt Giraud’s “Let’s Get It On”; Ruben Studdard’s “Superstar” vs. Anoop Desai’s “Always on My Mind”; and Elliott Yamin’s “A Song for You” vs. Mario Vazquez’s “I Love Music.” Eight examples of Idol greatness, but only four can advance to Round 2. So ch-ch-check out memory-refreshing links to clips of the performances in question, head down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 1 voting will be open for 72 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, 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.

Performance Links!
Adam Lambert, “Mad World
Adam Lambert, “Whole Lotta Love
Justin Guarini, “Get Here
Matt Giraud, “Let’s Get It On
Ruben Studdard, “Superstar
Anoop Desai, “Always on My Mind
Elliott Yamin, “A Song for You
Mario Vazquez, “I Love Music