Update: While the polls in this round of 2013 Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney remain active, vote recording for the Sweet Sixteen closed Saturday August 3, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern. At the end of this post you can see the final recorded vote tally in each bracket. The winner of our 2013 tourney was announced here.
Say hello to your Sweet Sixteen! Your votes in the first round narrowed the field of OTPs (One True Pairings) and one thing stands out: a handful television series and movie franchises are inordinately shippable and managed to claim multiple slots.
MTV’s Teen Wolf leads the pack with no less than three slash couples still in the running: last year’s winner Sterek, plus Stiles & Danny, plus Scott & Isaac.
The Avengers claims two spots with Thorki and Stony.
Supernatural boasts Destiel & Wincest.
Harry Potter has Drarry and Remus/Sirius.
And Star Trek also takes up two slots, but with the same characters: Kirk/Spock classic and Kirk/Spock reboot.
Solo acts still in the running are Hannigram (a new pairing this year) and returning contenders Johnlock, Merthur, Arthur/Eames and X-Men‘s Erik/Charles.
You’ll find all these Sweet Sixteen contenders arranged in the tournament bracket form below for handy reference. You can click on it to view the full-size image.
Voting for Round 2 will be open through Saturday, August 3rd 11:59 p.m. EST. Unlike the Seed Round and Round 1 which limited voting to once per hour, we decided to return to unlimited voting, as was the rule last year.
Lobby for your favorites in the comments or tag your tweets and Tumblr posts with #slashmadness so we can find you. Or print out the bracket sheet, fill in your predictions and start a pool with your buddies!