K-Pop Madness 2017 is a month-long competition on PopCrush to determine the best of the best of South Korean boy bands and girl groups.

UPDATE: This round is now over. Vote for TVXQ in the final round!

The competition just got fiercer: after well over 15 million votes (!), the first round of PopCrush's 2017 K-Pop Madness series comes to a close today (Mar. 10). Moving on? EXO's 50.41% of votes beat out Seventeen's 49.59% by a sliver, with both bands garnering nearly 2.3 million votes total. TVXQ also moves into the semi-finals, successfully defeating BIGBANG with 53% after nearly 5 millions votes. Incredible job all around!

But the battle is only heating up: it's time for the semi-finals.

With Yunho and Changmin's mandatory military service ending in 2017, TVXQ is plotting what is expected to be a massive comeback to the K-pop scene this year. Their last studio album, Rise as God, was released in 2015.

Ever since their debut in 2012, EXO have proven themselves to be the ultimate cross-cultural chart-dominators across several territories. They're currently killing it in Japan with their Coming Over single album, as well as their For Life EP released in South Korea in December.

The battle starts now: place your vote between EXO and TVXQ. This round ends on March 20.

Join the conversation on social media! Use #PCMarchMadness to discuss this year's competition.