Our Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year game has now entered the third round, the so-called Sweet Sixteen in bracket parlance, and in college basketball, it’s often where Cinderallas finally turn into pumpkins. Gone are the merely mildly Under-appreciated, like the Dancing With the Stars Band and movie villain du jour Mark Strong. The competition from here on in will be fierce. For the most part, our seeding committee did an excellent job, but all eyes – okay, some eyes – are on No. 16-seed Karl Urban (Red), who has already upset No.1 Pete Postlethwaite and No. 9 Rebecca Hall. Does he have the juice to keep it going against fellow underdog Stanley Tucci, a 13-seed? Or will Tucci benefit from the imminent wave of Burlesque buzz and send Urban packing? Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) edged John Noble (Fringe) in the second round by only 1.2 points, so he has his work cut out for him this time, facing Paul Wesley. The Vampire Diaries star has benefited from a cadre of rabid online support, and Gibson will need every last Chicago Hope and Dharma & Greg fan to log-in to keep his momentum going.
Top-seeded Cat Deeley has been on cruise control so far, clobbering Chris Lambton in the last round by more than 67 points! Good luck, Tom Bergeron. Maybe Bristol Palin’s fans can lend you a lift in your showdown with the So You Think You Can Dance host. In the Music bracket, top-seeded Robyn faces No. 4 Janelle Monáe, and the stylish Monáe will need to walk the “Tightrope” in this “Cold War” and not give up “Without a Fight” or … um, “Neon Gumbo”? Yeah, four song titles was simple a bridge too far. Don’t hold my failings against Monáe, or any of the other combatants. Be sure to vote for your faves after the jump, and click here to see the entire bracket and previous results.