15 AUGUST, 2013
Quarterfinals are over; on to the semis! But before we move forward, let’s take a look at the last round’s surprising results.
We know that close matches generate huge vote totals. However, we never could have anticipated the almost 500,000 votes in the David Tennant/Alan Rickman quarters battle. (That’s far more votes than in either of our previous years’ finals — truly impressive.) With their topsy-turvy race never budging far from 50/50, Rickman just edged out Tennant, 50.92 percent to 49.08.
This reminds us that, while Rickman had an early exit last year, our 2011 Anglo Fan Favorites champion is very much a factor in 2013, Snape or no Snape. And his AFF record is 1-0 against the towering Benedict Cumberbatch, whom he faces this week.
Cumberbatch drops from No. 1 seed to last seed this week, as he had the smallest vote total of the Final Four. His quarterfinals match with Sir Ian McKellen, a legend to be sure, was never competitive, leaving no real need for fans to stuff the ballot box to secure Cumberbatch’s ultimate landslide victory. As a result, Cumberbatch only required 44,000 quarterfinals votes to win while Rickman needed 251,000. Against the resurgent Rickmaniacs, Benedict’s fans will surely have to mobilize this round to get their lad into the finals.
Meanwhile, last year’s champion Tom Hiddleston looks strong as ever this year. He was challenged early on by Merlin‘s Colin Morgan, but Hiddles eventually found a comfortable cushion of votes and never looked back. Could Hiddleston find himself defending his title next week in the finals, possibly in a Cumberematch?