The unspeakable cruelty/deliciousness of TVLine.com’s American Idol All-Time Greatest Performance Bracket Tournament continues today with an unpredictable quarterfinal battle between the winners of Seasons 7 and 8.
Yes, folks, it’s David Cook and his stunningly inventive reinterpretation of Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” against Kris Allen and his wickedly unexpected, acoustic rendition of Kanye West’s “Heartless.”
It seems almost unfair for one of these epic performances to not reach the final four, but that’s the way the story has to go as our single-elimination, 64-player tourney marches to the semifinals. (For the uninitiated, every day around 1:00 p.m. ET over the next week, 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:
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.