March Madness: An annual, winner-take-all, single-elimination tournament -- with a YA twist! See More...
Party Line: What's the word, hummingbird? Let's dish! See More...

Teen Heartthrob Madness: Seventeen, Sweet Sixteen

Round Sweet Sixteen, going on bracket Seventeen. Baby, it's time to think.

Teen Heartthrob Madness: Seventeen, Sweet Sixteen

Week three of Teen Heartthrob Madness, and only four dudes from Seventeen remain to vy for your hearts and votes.

Here's a look at the Seventeen bracket as it currently stands: 

So how well have these remaining teen heartthrobs stood the test of time? Pretty dang well, actually.

(1) Leonardo DiCaprio vs. (4) Paul Rudd

Following Titanic, Leo was in a pair of critical stinkers but box office successes, The Man in the Iron Mask (which I made my dad see with me in theatres #BecauseLeo) and The Beach. A few years later, he conned and charmed Meredith Grey, almost-princess Giselle, and Sidney Bristow -- basically everybody but Forrest Gump -- in Catch Me If You Can, a movie I'll always watch whenever it's on TV. Leo also starred in high-profile films like Gangs of New York, The Departed, Inception, and Django Unchained, while racking up Oscar noms for The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and The Wolf of Wall Street, to go along with the one he received for What's Eating Gilbert Grape when he was younger. Obvious to anyone not living under a rock, Leo's doing just fine these days.

With his classic good looks, it's no surprise that Paul tried his hand with rom-com, courting Rachel Green in The Object of My Affection before later marrying Phoebe Buffay. But Paul's career has mostly focused on the com part, with movies like Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Role Models, I Love You, Man, This Is 40, and They Came Together (with HRH Amy Poehler, whom Paul also worked with when he guest starred on Parks and Rec).

Juliet made her pick between these two; how will you choose? 

(3) Zac Efron vs. (2) Devon Sawa

In Zac's post-teen career, he's tried on Serious Cinema (The Paperboy), voice acting (The Lorax), innovative toilet technique comedy (That Awkward Moment), and Love Actually-ripoff holiday ensemble comedy (New Year's Eve). He also fulfilled his inevitable destiny as a Nicholas Sparks hero in The Lucky One (aka the one with the outdoor shower). I'd actually love to see Zac follow in the footsteps of his fellow Seventeen heartthrob Paul Rudd and get his comedy on more often, instead of coasting on roles that only ask him to look pretty.*  Neighbours is definitely a step in that direction. 

*Emphasis: only. Zac could still look pretty, YES PLZ THX.

Since his teen heyday, Devon's been in a bunch of small films. His most notable grownup role so far has been on Nikita, playing a deadly former government operative haunted by his past. If Devon bows out after this round (omgomgpleaseno), he's going to do so in a blaze of shirtless, flirty, sexy-voiced glory. 

Sweet Sixteen voting closes on Saturday, March 21 at midnight Central, with results posted on Sunday. So who do y'all hope will fight it out without shirts for Seventeen supremacy next week? Let us know in the comments!

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.