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Tournament of TV Fanatic Semifinals: Ian Somerhalder vs. Leighton Meester

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Welcome back, readers, to the 1st annual Tournament of TV Fanatic. It's time for the semifinals!

We're asking fans to choose their top CW stars and are conducting surveys among favorites from across the network. The concept is easy: Pick your preferred actor/actress from the pairs in each poll. That's all it takes!

Today, the next round begins with Ian Somerhalder against Leighton Meester!

In the quarterfinals, Ian (our #1 CW seed), Leighton (#4), Paul Wesley (#6) and Jensen Ackles advanced to the final four.

More than 45,000 votes were cast last round. Let's top that here in the semifinals! So which star do you love most, TVD's Ian or Gossip Girl's Leighton? VOTE:

And the Winner is?

It's semifinal time! Vote now between Ian Somerhalder and Leighton Meester. Which of these CW stars do you like better? View Poll »

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Ian Somerhalder
65.0%

Leighton Meester
35.0%

Total Votes: 8243

On tap later this week: Paul vs. Jensen!

REMINDER: If your favorite didn't make the cut, there will also be a wild card round, on top of CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and miscellaneous (HBO, USA, etc.) brackets! The winners will then compete for the overall tournament title!

Here's the updated CW bracket:

Tournament Semifinals

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@j Leighton's an amazing actress, and she's gorgeous.

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@Rebekah Are you dumb? Or just bitter? Leighton and Ian are both amazing actors on television right now (and Leighton in her many movie roles). Do you really think someone who gets tons of roles in the movie industry isn't a great actress in something that boosted her career, like Gossip Girl, being well known for her portrayal of Blair? She plays Blair Waldorf perfectly. Ian's amazing as well. Leighton the most overrated actress on television? Psh, funniest thing ever! She's "underrated" compared to some television actresses out there. You clearly don't have any idea what you're talking about.

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Face it, neither of them are great actors and neither of them will be.
Leighton is possibly the most overrated actress on television. Sure, she has some talent but she's not as special as many people make her out to be. I believe most of the time she is quite average with a couple of great moments.
Ian ranges from average to good, but the writing staff is what makes his character great on The Vampire Diaries. I voted for him based solely on the fact that he is able to make Damon more likeable than Leighton is able to make Blair likeable which she was very good at in the second season of Gossip Girl. By the way, I've never seen the attraction most people seem to have to Ian? I personally have never seen the appeal.

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Face it, neither of them are great actors and neither of them will be.
Leighton is possibly the most overrated actress on television. Sure, she has some talent but she's not as special as many people make her out to be. I believe most of the time she is quite average with a couple of great moments.
Ian ranges from average to good, but the writing staff is what makes his character great on The Vampire Diaries. I voted for him based solely on the fact that he is able to make Damon more likeable than Leighton is able to make Blair likeable which she was very good at in the second season of Gossip Girl. By the way, I've never seen the attraction most people seem to have to Ian? I personally have never seen the appeal.

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Thoughest choice ever...Love of my life vs my inspiration...

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@Annie, Ian knows how to talk/play the fans. He knows exactly what you guys want to hear. Most people call it brown nosing. Ian's good to look at but as for acting sorry Leighton is better.

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I'm a fan of both but I'm going to go with Leighton. I am a little disappointed that Jared Padalecki didn't make the top. For a long time I would've totally said Jensen over all of them but lately I don't know. I may vote for Paul on that one.

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Ian all the way. Leighton isn't a great actress, tbh. And Ian's certainly nicer to look at!

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Leighton Meester for sure! She's flawless, gorgeous, and is an amazing actress. She plays Blair Waldorf and any role she's had perfectly. Love her!

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