In 2010, MTV News threw [artist id="2034673"]Tokio Hotel[/artist] into our [article id="1634081"]inaugural Musical March Madness[/article] tournament almost as an afterthought, sticking them with a #16 seed and putting them up against #1 Coldplay with the assumption that they'd probably lose.
Only they didn't.
In fact, thanks to the undying support of their fanbase, Tokio Hotel crushed Coldplay, and began a remarkable two-week run that saw them knock off heavily favored bands like [article id="1634612"]Radiohead[/article], [article id="1634938"]Vampire Weekend[/article] and [article id="1635159"]Owl City[/article] before losing to eventual champions [article id="1635413"]Coheed and Cambria[/article] in a controversial Final Four matchup.
In short, we grossly underestimated TH, so when it came time to unveil our [article id="1659761"]2011 MMM bracket[/article], we made sure that they made the cut ... this time as a #14 seed (when will the selection committee ever give them the respect they deserve?!?). And, picking up where they left off last year, they rolled over Crystal Bowersox in the opening round, and now are heavy favorites in their [article id="1634612"]second-round matchup against Adele[/article] ... which just so happens to open for voting on Thursday (March 24).
So, with Adele on their schedule now, and a potential rematch against Coheed looming in the MMM Championship (it's April 4, just like the NCAA's!), we reached out to Tokio Hotel for comment on their tournament success. And though they're currently hard at work on the follow-up to their 2009 Humanoid album, the guys took the time to respond ... and thank their fans for their support.
"Thank you so much to our fans," frontman Bill Kaulitz said. "Although we locked ourselves in the studio and didn't release a new record for a long time, you guys are still supporting us in such a strong way, that's incredible! Thank you!"
Can Tokio Hotel finally hoist the MMM trophy? They certainly seem primed for a deep run in the 2011 tourney, but, ultimately, it'll be up to their fans to decide their fate ... voting is now open on the Newsroom blog, and you can help them finally realize their championship dreams. And hopefully get a little revenge against Coheed, too.
MTV's Musical March Madness has moved on to the second round! Voting is now open on the
href="http://newsroom.mtv.com/tag/march-madness/">Newsroom blogand will continue until Sunday, when we'll reach the Sweet 16! All winners are determined by your votes, so if your favorite act is still alive, it's up to you to guide them to glory. You can rally the troops on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM — but get ready, things only get tougher from here on out!