The 2014 MAY MADNESS tournament TV SHOW CHAMPION -
LOST GIRL (Showcase)
With 64 challengers from 3 countries and 18 stations, there was a good mix of talent for the fans to choose from.
With both previous champions no longer airing episodes, a new champion was going to be crowned for the 3rd consecutive year.
Many heavy favorites looked poised to make a move form contender to champion this year. 2012 runner up Supernatural & 2013 Final Four finalist Game Of Thrones both seemed like good choices. While 2013 runner up Lost Girl joined 2013 Final Four challengers The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead in the category of shows looking to push through to the final step.
In the end, 1 of those previously considered favorites did make the final, and a second year show that made the Elite Eight last year joined them. "Lost Girl" a continual threat at our awards & May Madness again found themselves in the race till the end, as the 2013 runner up was back in the finals again, up against "Arrow" in only its 2nd season managed to make the finals.
Voting in this battle was a bit more of a romp than the TV character tourney, but did fall victim to similar vote manipulation by 1 Chinese fan. After the fraudulent votes were removed, the show with the most votes still was Lost Girl. Despite having 1/3 of their votes removed, they still had almost double Arrow's total in the end.
While the discovery that people STILL feel compelled to attempt cheat on polls (actually had 1 calendar year without any detectable cheating till this) I was pleased with the systems my friend put in place to check on the votes in question. I was prepared to disqualify Lost Girl and the Character winner, Lauren Lewis, if the vote total was too close as I know confidently the amount of votes deleted were fake, but I know theres always the chance others could have been as well. I only deleted the vtes that were unquestionably fake. So, its a bit of a relief for me that LG won by as much as it did still, so I wasnt forced to be in that situation.
The is the 1st time in May Madness that the Show & Character winners are connected.
Its only 4 1/2 months until the 2014 Best Of TV Awards Nominations process begins. So we will see you then.