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EW-1118-coverWhen EW.com launched its ultimate Sexy Beast tournament on July 19, we were simply looking to have a little summertime fun: Take 64 of the hottest vampires, werewolves, aliens, mutants, monsters, and machines ever to grace the pop culture landscape; pit them against one another in a good old-fashioned, single-elimination bracket tourney; see who prevailed (while indulging in a little eye-candy perusal in the process).

Little did we know how heated the battle would get. In a 30-day period, and fueled by Facebook and Twitter campaigns for a number of our combatants, EW.com readers racked up more than 1.5 million votes, and whittled the field down to just two players: the Twilight saga’s sensitive heartthrob Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and The Vampire Diaries‘ winkingly nefarious Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).

Along the way there were upsets (Battlestar Galactica‘s slinky Number Six ousted in the second round), surprises (Charmed‘s Cole Turner/Belthazor going all the way to the round of 16), and heartbreaks (Ms. Pac-man making a humiliatingly early exit).

Still, the final Edward-vs.-Damon showdown trumped ‘em all. Our polls were open for 72 hours, and midway through the final day of voting, the virile vampires were separated by less than 200 votes. With six hours remaining, and our finalists still locked in a statistical dead heat, EW.com’s Sexy Beast special-ops team decided to hide our poll results, and began to plan a special issue of Entertainment Weekly commemorating a tournament that had becoming nothing short of an Internet sensation. When the blood, sweat, and broken fangs were wiped away, who was the winner? Let this be the official reveal: Damon Salvatore eked out a mild upset victory over Edward Cullen by a margin of 138,630 to 134,728, a difference of just 3,902 votes. (Click here for one last look at how our entire, 64-beast bracket played out.)

Maybe it was a last-minute Tweet from Somerhalder himself –”That Pattinson guy will end up kicking my butt, however thanks for taking the time, that’s really cool : )” –that turned the tide in favor of his character. Or maybe it was a get-out-the-vote campaign by Somerhalder’s costar Matt Davis (Alaric). “I think he text-messaged Justin Bieber and said, ‘Hey, would you please vote for my friend?’ I’m not even kidding,” Somerhalder tells EW. But whether you happened to be Team Damon or Team Edward — or even Team Wolverine, Team Alcide, Team Neytiri, or Team Beast (from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, naturally) — we thank you for your participation and enthusiasm.

For more on EW.com’s Sexy Beast tournament — including an interview with winner Ian Somerhalder—pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Aug. 27. To purchase a copy of the Sexy Beasts issue of EW, visit ew.com/backissue.

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  • I Heart Chuck Bass

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Go Team Damon!!

    • Melissa

      Love that Damon won.

      But how did Cameron (Summer Glau) not at least end up as one of those people on the cover?!

      • Christophe

        Thanks for pointing it Melissa.

      • Erin

        Tha is my gripe! I’m quite happy with the cover bar Alcide and the BSG gal. The rest are close runner ups with many many of votes to them each. But A Skarsgard and Summer Glau should have definitely warranted cover space too, well over those two.

      • DAT GLAU

        Lets see… Anna from V and Cameron from Terminator were the top 2 chicks in the bracket game and EW and Slezak put a blue furry, some Star Trek broad from the ’90s, and a blondie that nobody voted for but was obviously Slezaks pick…

        What a farce.

      • lol wat

        Lets see… Anna from V and Cameron from Terminator were the top 2 chicks in the bracket game and EW and Slezak put a blue furry, some Star Trek broad from the ’90s, and a blondie that nobody voted for but was obviously Slezaks pick……..

        What a farce.

      • Z

        YES! Ian Somerhalder is SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT!!!

      • Javabooknut

        I’m just glad that Alcide’s perfectly chizelled (sp?) chest and abs are on such prominent display. Yum!

      • Javabooknut

        Think it’s chiseled. Maybe. oops

      • Storm

        Right!!?!! There is no Summer Glau on the cover, who is kick-ass sexxy, but you have tired and played out Halle Berry. Don’t get me wrong Halle is gorgeous and all that crap but she is soooooo 1999 and really an awful Storm.

      • House M.D.

        Fix’d that for you.

        http://yfrog.com/n629555025j

        I like this one better though.

        http://yfrog.com/nc95136918j

      • Jess

        Boooooo! ;) Congrats, Vamp Diary fans, but Robert Pattinson will always be the sexiest beast in my eyes… =P

      • Malarkey

        Twas not very professional of SleazeZak to delete Camerons name from the original article this morning.

        Why did you modify the article?

        Are you that upset that Cameron fans ruined your rigged Edward poll by voting for Damon?

      • Malarkey

        That wasn’t very professional of SleazeZak to delete Camerons name from the original article this morning.

        Tell us why did you modify the article?

        Are you that upset that Cameron fans ruined your rigged Edward poll by voting for Damon?

      • Nada_Damon

        YAY AM FREEKEN HAPPY HE DESEVES IT SOOO MUCH
        luvim

      • Colleen

        Hey! That blondie is Six from Battlestar Galactica!!!! She’s a badass villain who got robbed. (Well, kinda villain, kinda not….). Glad to see she’s on the cover!

    • avenger

      Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, Team Damon!!!!! For once sanity rules the day and the hottest guy has won, all is right in the world for a moment :)

      • Sianne

        If the right guy would have won than it should have been Alexander Skarsgard!!!

      • Lyla

        The right guy wasn’t even part of the bracket. Still say the whole thing is null and void because Castiel from Supernatural wasn’t included.

        Although, of those choices, I would have given the win to Damon/Ian, so woo.

      • Kylie

        Alexander Skarsgaard was NOT remotely the right guy. He’s nowhere near the hottest guy on the show never mind all vampires. Damon Salvatore rules all, get over it.

      • silverrose

        real vampires 1,,,fake sparkley vampires 0

      • Sianne

        Alexander Skarsgard is the most the hottest vampire in my opinion. Damon Salvatore/Ian Somerhalder does absolutely nothing for me. You get over it!!!!!

      • Regan

        Sigh. Eric is the new Edward. Meaning his fans are just as tiresomly fanatical as the Twilight fans.

      • Cindy

        Can people stop talking about Alexander Skarskard or whatever his name is. I know how he looks and he does nothing to me and let alone that he’s not even “HOT!” But Damon is.

      • Missouri

        Cindy, Alexander Skarsgard may do nothing for you as Ian Somerholder does nothing for me so don’t tell people to stop talking about him. We all have the right to like and comment on whom we please.

      • Sianne

        Regan, your comment is vapid and a complete waste of type space.

      • Fagan

        I love em all – who care who really won – of course, my vote would always go to Eric, then Damon then Edward – and I love Twilight, but True Blood is just SO AWESOME!

      • Nessa

        Yeah team damon all the way. I’m getting so sick of all the Stephaine Meyer Edward Twilight Crap I wanna throw up. Vampires DO NOT SPARKLE DAMMIT Spike, Angel, Bill and Eric fans know this. And Anne Rice is way better than Stephaine Meyer. Her Vampires Suck literallly all except Roaslie and Carlile. Edward and Bella are sooo stupid and way overrated. Whoever thinks they aren’t needs to come back to reality.

    • FOS

      FOS! Before the page wouldn’t allow voting before the time ended, Rob was up 51 to 49%. Now he lost by over 3000 votes. EW’s ran by the WB people/Harry Potter folks. We know what happened here.

      • Kat

        I’m not sure I understand your logic here. Robert Pattinson was Cedric Diggory, so how are you suggesting that people affiliated with HP are biased against him?

      • @FOS

        By your logic, EW would have rigged it so that Daniel Radcliffe would have won…?

      • RobSten

        You’re sooo right! i agree with you! This is NOT FAIR! TEAM EDWARD!

      • Leina

        Actually, when the poll closed, Damon was in the lead. I know because when I checked, he was in the lead and when I reload the page after reading comments, the poll was closed.

      • Afnan Mir

        Reina is right, you stupid noobs!

      • Ace

        Don`t LIE! Anyone participating in the poll knows Damon was constantly leading the poll for in the last 24+ hours straight (even if his lead was not enourmous) and that when EW decided to CLOSE the polls’ latest results to public view in the last hours of the poll he was leading with something like %50.44 (and his lead was constantly growing at the time). So stop spreading lies. Show some dignity…

      • House M.D.

        If the Summer Glau fans had not stuck around for the purpose of rallying to defeat Edward Damon would have lost.

        There are many more than 3000 of us that voted and Summer was dissed by Sleazbag.

      • dee

        Soooo you’re saying that EW made Ian, who has nothing to do with the Harry Potter franchise, win because they’re owned by Time Warner, who also owns WB? Your logic makes no sense. If that were the case, someone from HP would’ve won. Stay bitter!

      • katy

        What? This site talks about Twilight more then any other pop culture site I’ve been on! They love Rob. Damon just won. It wasn’t like it was by that much. And the last time I checked, about two hours before the poll closed, Damon was ahead 51% to 49%.

      • Kylie

        Yes the WB/CBS run The CW which the Vampire Diaries is on. BUT you may want to check your facts because Vampire Diaries is run by CBS NOT WB. So the WB has nothing to gain by fudging a meaningless poll so Damon would win.

      • Michael

        Maybe Robert will take a shower every once in a while so he can win the poll next year.

      • Shell

        Actually, polls didn’t close for some time after the results quit being displayed. It even states in the article that the “Powers that be” at EW decided to hide the results while the polls were still open because they were so close.

      • Angel2480

        What really happened here was that an army of 13 and 14 year old girls (including my daughter) made it a mission to make sure Pattinson did not win. Plus, after some of the others were eliminated,it became the mission of the adults to make sure he didn’t win.

      • Ana

        Ian was at 51% and Rob was at 49% – and that was about 5 minutes before they hid it. Stop making excuses. He won, Rob lost. The poll wasn’t rigged. Deal with it.

      • Deb

        I will agree with that. Edward would have won if he had got on twitter and begged.

    • LOL

      Damon had to tweet to get votes LOL! I’m watching the teen choice awards and when the Vampire diary folks went on stage, you could almost hear a pin drop. Rob wins for Remember Me and the place goes ballistic. ‘Nuff said. Rob doesn’t need EW to tell him he’s hot. No paps is following Ian around in airports chasing him down the freeway, taking planes around the world to catch him kissing his girl. So who the eff cares LOL!!

      Hey Ian, this will be the only time you win against Rob. Enjoy! You won’t beat him on screen, at the box office (has been in movies that have grossed over 4 billion dollars: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Remember Me and several other indie films.

      Ian wishes he was RPattz. This is why the poll is a bunch of bullsh*t!

      • @LOL

        You’re stupid. Now go put back on your training bra and let the grown ups talk. Oh, and Order of the Phoenix shouldn’t count. Flashback is acting? Pfft.

      • Dana

        @LOL. The grown ups have spoken now go to bed you have school tomorrow.

      • Kate

        Um, he was in Order of the Phoenix IN A PHOTO for maybe five seconds. I don’t think that should really “count” as BO “for him.”

      • Kelsey

        In Phoenix, he was just in a flashback scene (which was just a cut back to the earlier film) and a moving photograph. So why on earth are you considering Phoenix’s box office “his”?

      • jennabhatestwi

        Yeah, I’m sure Ian wishes he was a bad actor with no future beyond a teen franchise movie. Twilight lost because people hate Edward. He’s not a beast, he’s a fairy.

      • RobSten

        i love your comment :D you’re right! :D

      • Lala

        His name is IAN and not Damon. He didnt tweet TO get votes. You know, if you knew ANYTHING about Ian, you’d know that he ALWAYS thanks his fans for ANYTHING they do for him, anything and everything. So he was expressing his gratitude to his fans. So how about you shut up and go back to take your nap?

      • Leina

        haha sore loser much? Like someone else said, I don’t think Ian wants to be like Rob. Sure, Rob is more famous, but Ian is better in every other department. & please check your facts next time you speak. There are always paps following Ian around. & the Teen Choice Awards? Of course the crowd cheered louder for Rob b/c Twilight is more famous/well known and TVD is a new series. BUT if you were even paying attention, you would notice they went crazy too when Ian started to speak. Think before you post next time to prevent yourself from sounding like a fool.

      • Ellie

        Whatever. Twilight’s Facebook page posted the competition, which has TWELVE MILLION fans. The TVD fb page has three million and Ian only has 250,000 followers. Do the math.

      • MCS

        Oh my god. You lost. Get over it.

      • Kat

        totally agree, Ian who?

      • kelly

        Oh my god. What a idiot. As much as I like Twilight I have to say the acting is terrible. Ian actually has more then one facial expression and completely outclasses Roberts acting skills. And to be honest the same can be said for any of the Vampire Diaries cast in comparison. Also his name is IAN not DAMNON. Gosh even from that you can tell that you have no idea what you are talking about. Now go get a life and get OVER it.

      • christie

        I would address you by name but since you believe in bashing anonymously, I can’t. Anyhow, TWILIGHTERS! I suggest you read this, maybe it will help you recover from this loss. I understand you dedicated 72 hours to this and are upset that it amounted to nothing.

        http://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-criticism-well-25-reasons-to-embrace-it/

      • Vikki Sixx

        Or maybe you’re missing the fact that us adults like Ian Somerhalder, too.

        The only people who like whatshisname are teens.

        Yay for Ian Somerhalder!

      • Chrone

        you are just another twilight-stupid-girl-freak…..admit that whatever pattinson will do this is his last hit movies,he has no future!aslo i think that in teen choice awards fans went crazier when Ian was on stage….pattinson was so ugly and jealus that moment!!yes the pattinson scenes in harry potter 4&5 were the dark moments of the harry potter franchise(this superb franchise)but why you count phoenix as a film he stared in?and twilight movies(garbage franchise)are the proof oh pattinson’s future failure because only twilight movies are a box office hit,the others are box office failures!what’s more,Ian was polite and want to thanked his fans for their support that why he send those messages on twitter!on the other hand pattinson is one more diva,he didn’t even thanked his fans for votin him!
        Go IAN
        GO DAMON
        GO VAMPIRE DIARIES
        GO HARRY POTTER
        I’M SO HAPPY IAN-DAMON WON!

      • Deanna

        I think Rob should of won too.

      • Amber

        You do realize this was Damon vs. Edward…not Ian vs. Rob….right? Because the way you were going on and on it made it seem like you were blurring fantasy and reality togeter. And also it was a poll so people voted and the person who gets the most votes wins. Is it really that big of a suprise that Edward isn’t the best?

      • Jess

        Go LOL!

      • paceyringwald

        LOL Butthurt much. I don’t even think that RPattz cares about this. Neither Ian Somerhalder.

      • Tess

        The difference betwen Robert and Ian is that Ian actualy cares aboute his fans…He´s sad it him self…The reason to become an actor is to make the fans happy…And that U made us today…So I´m so happy fore Ian who fianly got the acknowloging he desirves for a decade of god acting…the fact that he hasn´t hit it big before now has made him a very humle person…and he truly cares that we as fans has mad this ting happen…Luv U Ian U are amazing :) keep up the good work!!!

      • eino

        @lol , you’re entirely right .. um all the way with you .this poll doesn’t make any sense at all when robert is followed by all these newspapers and sites and etc.no one doesn’t know THE TWILIGHT SAGA ! but so many and i was one of them till so soon doesn’t know any thing about this “damon”.robert isn’t such a sexy guy but he’s what every guy want to be like and every girl loves and wants .

      • Ana

        You’re an idiot. Ian didn’t tweet to get votes. He thanked everyone who participated. And actually yes, the paparazzi are following/stalking Ian. They’re dying to get the pic of him kissing his costar and alleged girlfriend, Nina Dobrev. Check the facts before you speak.

      • Deb

        LOL your right thats what I said he had to get other people to ask for votes for him and tweet begging for votes.

      • sexybeastfan

        @LOL you got issues I am a ROB fan too but um yeah DAMON OWNED THIS stop hating on IAN … :) night little baby DAMON SALVATORE ALL THE WAY!!!

      • Mandi

        Calm down hun. Are you ok? do u need ur mommy? chill out, someone abviously hit a nerve! i love Rob too but im sure hes ok with losing this 1. In fact i bet he doesnt even give a s**t! he doesnt care about this stuff, thats what makes him ROB! So calm down and go take a damn Prozac!

    • jennabhatestwi

      Chuck Bass is a hottie too. Damon won because he is a real man and vampire. Edward is all “don’t touch me Bella, I’m a virgin.” What kind of beast is that? Scared of a small teen girl with no powers. Team Damon and Team VD!!!!

      • Anna

        Haha you’re SO right :D
        I’m mean why are the Edward fans upset now? They could’ve voted more :D

      • Cindy

        Not to mention he’s a pedo.

      • Casey

        Right on, Cindy. Although a lot of vamps qualify as pedos.

    • Aaron

      It’s laughable how a little poll made so many people this ‘happy’ and feel the need to insult Edward Cullen, a fictional character. Very mature. And this is coming from a big-time Twilight hater. I’ve changed my mind, Vampire Diaries fans are worse than any Twihards.

      • Miss Talk

        This “little poll” just shows that the Twilight era is slowly coming to an end.
        While the first episodes of Vampire Diaries were just okay for me(I never read the books, btw), I became more and more a fan of the series in proportion as Twilight Saga (I never read the books neither) slowly turned into a Disney Movie. I’m a big fan of the first Twilight, I really enjoyed the edginess brought into this movie and I still can rewatch over and over again but the two sequels were too cheesy and quite unrealistic for me. As an example, you would think that an 18-year-old virgin who wants to make love for the first time with the man of her life would at least put a cute dress on but Bella went there with the same ol’ jeans…
        On the other hand, oversexualized True Blood makes me cringe at times (okay, now i’m lying). So TVD is perfect for me. And for a lot of other people, obviously.

      • Kat

        You’re deluded if you think Edward & the rest of the gang are fading into the twilight….true romantics will never let it die.

      • Ana

        The reason people are reacting this way is because of all the sh*t the twihards have been saying about Ian, TVD and TVD fans.

    • Saoirse

      Thank god,Damon IS the ultimate sexy beast!!! <3 :D

    • AT

      Go Team Boone as well. As a big Lostie, I had to vote for Ian :)

    • Ambee

      WOO!

    • celeste

      Awesome…

    • Malarkey

      That wasn’t professional for SleazeBall to delete Cameron’s name from the original article this morning.

      Tell us why did you modify the article?

      Are you that upset that Cameron fans ruined your rigged Edward poll by voting for Damon?

    • Shiny

      Who cares, EW keeps trotting out the same Twilighters over and over again. Why not create a Teen Entertainment Weekly and shove all of the Bieber/Twilight dreck over there? Yeesh, it’s like 9th grade on this site all the time.

    • Tori L.

      NO DOUBT AT ALL!!!

    • Jana

      When considered carefully, Damon is more of a beast than Edward who is more of a lover. I’ll take a lover any time. And, I’m not a teenager but an adult with a couple college degrees, a career & family. I love the Twilight books, films and actors.

      • balarabe yusuf

        not always that i fik a lover, because iam afamily man i already ifik alove.

  • SavannahSP

    Pshhh, Jimmy Fallon is the ultimate sexy beast! Duh!

    • Janice

      You are so right!

  • Emina

    DAMON WON! YESS, TAKE THAT EDWARD! FINALLY TAKING SECOND :)

  • Tasha

    YES DAMON WON!!!

  • kt

    SUCCESS!!! Nuf said….

  • mira

    Yes Virginia, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS!

  • brandinb

    I am an Edward fan but I gotta say the right vamp won in the end. Damon has that smokin sexy bad-boy thing and Edward just can’t top that.

    • Heather

      I’m an Edward fan too, but you are so correct, Damon is the correct winner!

    • Miss Talk

      I’m the ultimate Edward/Robert fan as well but I’m sure I can beat both on the treadmill. He has become so “delicate” since his Diggory days. Show some muscle, sir!
      In fact, the sexy beast must have been Wolverine but Damon’s eyes can save him from the death row so Team Damon ALL.THE.WAY!

      • Mandi

        wow i agree. Edward would be so much sexier if he would stop bein such a grandpa. I love Rob way more than i love Edward. Cuz Rob is a sexy beast! and I swear i could get LOST in Damons eyes! SEXY!!!!!

  • Abby

    That photo of Alcide on the cover is making me rethink my vote…

    • Vane

      hahaha… agree!!

    • Sammy

      Totally

    • Heather

      Mmmmm I voted for Alcide!!

    • amj

      I agree with that too…would have thought that Eric would have gone farther but that photo of Alcide is hot!

      • Katherine

        Eric trumped Alcide in the vote. Whoever did the cover must have only wanted dark-haired males on the cover. Keeping it all coordinated….

    • Pinkie and the Brain

      OMG! Why didn’t I vote for Alcide, I think I’ve got to have my eyes checked. Now I’ve got to scroll up and fantasize about licking those abs. I voted and campaigned for Ian but for the life of me right now I cant remember what he looks like!

    • katy

      Not really a True Blood fan (don’t have HBO), so I don’t really know who Alcide is, but damn he is hot in that cover shot.

  • sarah

    thank god – sexy beasts don’t sparkle. can’t wait for the season premiere soon…

    • Mandi

      OMG, me too! sept. 9th cant come any slower!

      • ahmed

        i love sex all

  • Agostina

    yeahh!!!!! O, Damn won!woohoo Go damon GO!XD

    • Devin Faraci

      I like how they put Storm on there for no reason just to have a token black person. Idiots.

  • neea

    yeayyyy!!! won =D

  • daisyj

    Shocking! Well played, ladies and gentlemen.

  • ANNA

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    Go TEAM DAMON!!!!

  • Kaysee

    :(

  • hannah

    Haha!!!!! Damon WON!!!! I am so shocked but I’m definitely team Damon (:

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