Yeah, forget that ever happened.
Because, for the first time in MMM history, we're wiping the slate clean, restarting Final Four voting and pushing our championship matchup back to Wednesday. Why? Well, as fans of Tokio Hotel, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Walk The Moon and Ed Sheeran have pointed out to us (many, many times, in many, many ways), things got a little out of hand this weekend, with nefarious ne'er-do-wells overrunning our polls with scripts, essentially turning this thing into a battle to see who could cheat hardest.
The same thing happened in the first round of the tournament, and we responded by adding Captcha software to the polls. That worked fine and dandy until the Elite 8 last week, when the third-party polling site we were working with decided to spontaneously combust (or something ... we still haven't heard from them), causing voting to crap out. We tried to ride it out in the Final Four using MTV's internal polling software, but, well, you can see how well that worked.
So, we've contracted another polling service to help us out. We'll be using Captchas once again, which means voting will be secure. And they've promised they won't crash on us in the middle of MMM voting (always a bonus). In the interest of fairness, we're tossing all the previous Final Four votes out the window. Think of it as a practice run or something ...because things are about to get real (for real this time).
Final Four voting will begin Monday at 2 p.m. ET, and polls will stay open until Wednesday, April 10 at noon ET. From there, we'll move to our 2013 title Game, and on Friday, April 12, we'll officially crown this year's MMM Champion!
So, get ready to vote in our epic Final Four matchups — Tokio Hotel vs. Ed Sheeran and Thirty Seconds To Mars vs. Walk The Moon — and thanks for all your patience while we sorted this whole mess up. But, hey, we're back on track, and we're gearing up for the sprint to the 2013 MMM Championship. May the most dedicated fanbase win. One thing's for sure, this is one tournament we'll never forget.
MTV's Musical March Madness tournament reaches the Final Four (for real this time)! Voting is now open in all matchups and polls close Wednesday, April 10 at noon ET, at which point we'll head to the MMM Championship Game. All winners are determined by your votes, so if your favorite act made the cut, it'll be up to you to guide them to glory! You can spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM — but get ready, it's gonna be a war.