Michael Slezak
August 20, 2010 AT 05:18 AM EDT

Image Credit: Andrew Eccles / The CW; Joey Lawrence…on August 26! Yes, yes, I know I’m like Santa coming down the chimney and cheekily declaring “I’ll be back on New Year’s with your toys!” But trust me when I say that we’re actually rewarding you for your extremely enthusiastic turnout over the last month of EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination bracket tournament (while, yes, admittedly ratcheting up the suspense quotient to a somewhat unbearable level). Our final matchup (the polls are officially closed) between the Twilight series’ Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) brought in almost 275,000 votes — compare those numbers to your local school-board election, then weep silently for our children’s future — so we decided to celebrate by simultaneously announcing the winner on August 26 on EW.com and in a splashy spread in the pages of that week’s Entertainment Weekly magazine. Yes, folks, if your object of lust was one of the 64 players in our mano-a-beasto melee (i.e. Anna from V, or Wolverine from X-Men, or maybe Ms. Pac-Man), you’ll now have a way to commemorate his/her/its results. To tide yourselves over, click here to see how the full bracket played out, then do visit EW.com on Thursday, August 26, or pick up a copy of that week’s EW at your local newsstand, to find out who took home the title. Thanks once again for your time and participation: If you cast a vote in our tourney, you’ll always be a Sexy Beast to us! And to get an immediate announcement when our champ is crowned, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.]

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