After weeks of surprising upsets and popular newcomers, March Madness 2018 has come to an end. Although Taeyong (NCT) defeated notable idols like Taeyeon and Irene (Red Velvet), he was ultimately no match for Taemin.

Ranked as the number one dance seed, Taemin easily won the male dance category and continued his domination, eliminating Seulgi (Red Velvet) and Mark (NCT) before facing Taeyong in the final round. Taemin has long been a mainstay in the K-pop industry with his career and artistry expanding each year, so perhaps more of us should have seen this coming. Regardless, we at Seoulbeats happily crown Taemin as this years March Madness Winner!

And speaking of winners, we can now announce the official winners of our Pick ‘Em Contest! In first place, correctly predicting the Final Four, Championship Round, and Winner is GreenNinja! Second and third place were close, with only one point difference due to different Elite 8 picks.

Congratulations to our three winners! In order to claim your prize money, please email from the email address you provided before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, April 10 2018.

As for our staff contest, none of our lovely staff correctly predicted the winner. All (unfortunately) selected Jungkook (BTS) as their winner. However, Chloe did correctly predict Taemin to make it to the finals and that helped her secure first place in our staff contest! Second place goes to Margaret, and third to Gaya.

To everyone who entered our Pick ‘Em Contest and participated in the polls, thank you for your enthusiasm and involvement — Seoulbeats March Madness would not be possible without you! Special thanks, also, to Lorenza for designing our lovely bracket and logo design and Chelsea for updating the bracket as we progressed through the rounds.

Readers, how did your predictions fare? Did events unfold as expected, or where there more than a few surprises that wreaked havoc with your bracket? Let us know in the comments below!