Guilty Pleasures, Round Three: Britney Spears (1) vs. Backstreet Boys (4)
EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With eight seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; intelligent reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.
Brit-Brit took down Gaga in Round Two. She’s the 1 seed for a reason, people.
“Britney has been a moderately talented, relentlessly marketed, pantsless trainwreck for over a decade. Lady Gaga can talk to me when she’s been around for more than a minute. Game, set, match to Ms. Spears.” — kat hayes
“Britney has always been a public guilty pleasure for me…but I was no prouder of that fact until the release of Toxic. Sweet sweet pop music.” — SoG
“See, the thing is, Lady Ga Ga wanted to be like Britney 10 years ago. Hence, why Brit wins.” — Fluffy Bunny
Backstreet backed over Meat Loaf… but with about a ninth of the support they received in the previous round. Might some people be lying down on the job of keeping Backstreet Pride Alive?
“Seriously, just send the BSB through to the Final Four when they *might* face some competition from ABBA.” — Elizabeth
“‘Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore.’ All right, then. Backstreet Boys, it is.” — E.B. Berman
“BSB was my obsession between the ages of 12 and 14… my walls were covered in posters (some of which were expensively laminated and mounted) and picture cut outs from magazines. I was pathetically in deep… but to be honest, to this day I still sing along with them on the radio. Can’t deny the catchiness of some of those tunes!” — Katie G
“When talking to a past boyfriend last year about my type, I told him it was a mix of Brian Litrell and A.J. McClean. Is this embarassing to admit? Probably. Do I still feel that way? Oh yes, yes I do. I want my guy that way.” — Ambee
Photo Credit: Backstreet Boys: Everett Collection