2012- 2013 Top 10 Young TV Ships as voted by YOU! - Portrait Magazine, February 2013 Issue
2012 - 2013 Top 10 Young TV Ships as voted by YOU!
By Ang Lee (Age 25, Australia)
The annual Portrait Top 10 Young TV Ships Poll is always an interesting time of the year as the staff are glued to their computer screens over several weeks monitoring ships moving up and down, fandoms feverently competing against each other to ensure that their OTP rises closer to the top spot. Now in our 7th year, the 2012-2013 Portrait Top 10 Young TV Ships Poll was certainly no different. Over 1 600 000 votes later and the final results are here. Did Gossip Girl’s Chuck and Blair get their final hurrah and maintain their top spot for one last time or did ships from popular fanbases like Glee and The Vampire Diaries nudge them out of the way? Read on and find out!
NOTE: Please see here for guidelines on how results of this poll were decided.
#10. Ally Dawson & Austin Moon [Austin and Ally] “We’re a perfect match.”
Deception may have brought them together, when he stole her song but chemistry is what makes them work. At first these two seem like polar opposites – he’s a natural performer, she gets stage fright, he’s laid-back, she likes having a plan but really these two have a lot more in common from unsupportive dads, musical talents, and their love for stuffed animals and Bruno Mars just to name a few. Over time these two have become really good friends and are always willing to go above and beyond for each other. It’s their fear of ruining this great friendship they now have that is stalling them from being together as a couple, but considering how special their connection is, fans know that it’ll only be a matter of time!
Memorable Shipper Moment: Their first duet together, ‘Don’t Look Down’. Not only was the song based on a moment between Austin and Ally, but it was also Ally’s first time performing in front of a crowd, which is a very big deal!
#9. Amy Juergens & Ricky Underwood [The Secret Life of the American Teenager] “Now and Forever.”
He’s the former bad boy and she’s the good girl who changed him. The path has never been easy for these two but thankfully for fans they found their way and what an incredible way it’s been! He went from a rebellious womaniser to a devoted father and partner and she went from a naïve girl to a determined young woman. They still have their ups and downs but that’s life and all that matters is that at the end of the day they always come back to each other and their adorable son and have become strong enough not to let others tear that apart.
Memorable Shipper Moment: Ricky proposing. For someone who had once said that they were never getting married, Ricky did a total 360 when he not only proposed to Amy, but he did it during his valedictorian speech at his high school graduation in front of a room full of people. Fans swooned as Ricky expressed how Amy had changed him for the better before proposing to her.
#8. Sam Puckett & Freddie Benson [iCarly] “I guess we’re both insane.”
Whether they’re together or apart, these two are fun to watch together. (Although that being said, we prefer them a teeny bit more when they’re together. ;D)
Unlike most ships, bickering and snarky banter works well for these two and just goes to show that they’re so comfortable around each other that their dynamic doesn’t change depending on their relationship status. There’s always been something there between them, whether they were squabbling and tearing each other down or actually becoming friends. And even though they’re no longer together, fans can see that there is still definitely something lingering there. But they’re young, so it’ll only be a matter of time before they try again!
Memorable Shipper Moment: Freddie kisses Sam at the mental hospital and shows her he has feelings for her too. Not only did this project their relationship forward together but in the lead-up to it we saw a vulnerable side to Sam as she pointed out that she hasn’t been the nicest person to Freddie and so he could have turned it into an awkward and embarrassing moment for her but he didn’t. Awww
#7. Caroline Forbes & Klaus Mikaelson [The Vampire Diaries] “Is that our thing?”
They started on opposite sides but he’s fascinated by her and is continually trying to wear her down, even if she does despise him at the moment. We’ll give Klaus points for persistence because Caroline’s slowly warming to him. He also sees her in a way that the other guys in her life don’t – he recognises that she’s destined for something bigger and better than her small hometown world. The world is full of possibilities if she’s willing to let herself be open to them, and when she does, who knows what could happen. One thing we do know is that with all the tension between these two, them becoming a couple is pretty much inevitable.
Memorable Shipper Moment: The pair bonding at the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant. He may have bargained for a date with her but she had no trouble expressing her concerns about her best friend to him. And was that a laugh we saw Caroline? ;)
#6. Annie Wilson & Liam Court  “I’m in love with you. I’ve loved you for a long time.”
It’s been awhile since they’ve been together as a couple, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing as during that time they’ve strengthened their relationship. Even though they’re friends for now, they’ve become each other’s go to person during hard times and clearly trust one another and what’s a relationship without trust? The bond between Annie and Liam is so strong that she gave him a large sum of money to fend off his stalker without even blinking and also took a bullet for him! It’s only a matter of time before these two get back together.
Memorable Shipper Moment: During Spring Break, Annie gets bed-ridden and misses out on the fun. Although Annie had to practically force him to embrace the atmosphere, he recreates their own Mexican fun in her hotel room. Aww!
#5. Andy McNally & Sam Swarek [Rookie Blue] “You won’t get rid of me without a fight.”
Sitting steady in 5th place for the second year running are Andy and Sam, and rightly so. This past season has seen them as a proper couple and while that has meant a lot of cute and sweet moments, that has also meant a lot more angst. But these real emotions are what have shippers coming back for more. It’s been a pay-off that’s been worth the wait though because after pushing Andy away while he struggled to deal with personal stuff, Sam finally came to his senses and told Andy that he loved her and that he was going to fight for her. We’re keeping the faith that it’s not too late!
Memorable Shipper Moment: After pretty much breaking her heart, Sam finally admits to Andy that he loves her…while she’s holding a bomb nonetheless. When she reminds him of that, he puts his hand over hers holding onto the bomb as well.
#4. Elena Gilbert & Stefan Salvatore [The Vampire Diaries] “It’s you and me Stefan. Always.”
It’s been a tumultuous past year for Stefan and Elena and whilst they may not be in a good place right now, fans just need to keep looking back to past events and remember that they have always found a way back to each other. A lot has happened in the past that had left us worried that they would never be able to make it back from there (Wickery Bridge anyone?), yet time after time, they’ve eventually made it through. Stefan knows Elena and respects her enough to let her make her own decisions. He also loves her enough to set her free and you know what they say - if you love someone, set them free and if they love you, they’ll come back to you.
Memorable Shipper Moment: When Elena feared that she wasn’t going to make the transition to vampire, she revealed to Stefan that before everything leading up to that moment happened, she was on her way to him. She had chosen him and even now in her ‘dying’ moments, she knew it was the best choice she had ever made and that no matter what happened next, she wouldn’t regret it.
#3. Elena Gilbert & Damon Salvatore [The Vampire Diaries] “I’m telling you that it’s the most real thing I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I love you.”
We’ve always known that there’s been something there between these two and now that Elena’s a vampire and her feelings are magnified, we know for sure and fans are glad to see that Damon’s feelings are finally being reciprocated! He may be selfish with his feelings but he doesn’t regret it – when push comes to shove, he’ll always put her first and it’s for that same reason that he’s always saving her and there when she needs him. Every time these two try to walk away from each other, it never sticks because what they feel is so strong that it just draws them back to each other whether intentionally or subconsciously. Damon brings out a side of Elena that none of her past loves have been able to and challenges her in a way that no one else can so you can be assured that things will never be boring between these two. You can put their love down to the sire bond but Elena’s sure that it’s not and you don’t argue when it comes to matters of the heart.
Memorable Shipper Moment: Elena tells Damon she loves him and that her feelings are true and not because of the sire bond. The pure joy on Damon’s face when she tells him that was a major fandom win!
#2. Mercedes Jones & Sam Evans [Glee] “It was more than that.”
Much like these two coming together, the way fans embraced them was a surprise, such a surprise that it rocketed them into 2nd position of this year’s poll! It all began as two friends going to prom together and then developed into a sweet romance until he left town, but he came back a few months later ready to pick up where they left off. Although Mercedes was dating someone else, Sam was persistent and willing to fight for her, not even intimidated by her big football playing boyfriend. Aww! He showered her with compliments and sweet gestures until she realised that they were inevitable and they got back together (with the help of a few sweet and emotional musical numbers along the way). It just goes to show that sometimes the nice guys do win!
Memorable Shipper Moment: Sam has always known that Mercedes was talented and deserved her name up in lights and as a sweet gesture he lit up her name in the school auditorium and they duet to Michael Jackson’s ‘Human Nature’.
#1. Chuck Bass & Blair Waldorf [Gossip Girl] “What we have is a great love. It’s complicated. Intense. All-consuming. No matter what we do and how much we fight, it’ll always pull us in.”
It seems fitting that in their last year, Chuck and Blair have dominated our poll and taken out the top spot for the fourth time. Fans have been patient for six years waiting for these two to finally get their act together for the long haul and in the show’s finale that patience had been rewarded with what they had always known: Chuck + Blair = Endgame. The road has never been easy for these two but it’s always been interesting, which has been the very essence of the pairing – they’re never boring. Whether they were together or apart, they kept fans enthralled with their antics and captivating chemistry. There’s been snark, heartbreak, angst, scheming, joy, playfulness and tears, but without all that they wouldn’t be where they are today – happily married with an adorable son and a legion of dedicated fans. There is no one like them nor will there ever be. Long live Chuck and Blair!
Memorable Shipper Moment: The flashforward in the Gossip Girl finale – we saw that they were happily married with a beautiful son and that they had broken the mould of their past and successfully became something that their own parents never were – devoted parents and a successful family unit.
The Final Results
1. Chuck & Blair (Gossip Girl) (416 033) 26%
2. Sam & Mercedes (Glee) (356 086) 22%
3. Damon & Elena (The Vampire Diaries) (297 505) 19%
4. Stefan & Elena (The Vampire Diaries) (215 702) 13%
5. Sam & Andy (Rookie Blue) (68 205) 4%
6. Liam & Annie (90210) (60 550) 4%
7. Klaus & Caroline (The Vampire Diaries) (44 301) 3%
8. Freddie & Sam (iCarly) (37 020) 2%
9. Ricky & Amy (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) (35 438) 2%
10. Austin & Ally (Austin & Ally) (27 456) 2%
11. Sam & Quinn (Glee) (12 888) 1%
12. Kurt & Blaine (Glee) (12 279) 1%
13. Scott & Allison (Teen Wolf) (3 034) 0%
14. Vincent & Catherine (Beauty & The Beast) (2 807) 0%
15. Dan & Serena (Gossip Girl) (2 625) 0%
16. Arthur & Gwen (Merlin) (2 501) 0%
17. Ezra & Aria (Pretty Little Liars) (2 424) 0%
18. Wade & Zoe (Hart of Dixie) (2 352) 0%
19. Dan & Blair (Gossip Girl) (2 278) 0%
20. Toby & Spencer (Pretty Little Liars) (1 332) 0%
21. Oliver & Laurel (Arrow) (838) 0%
22. Rory & Amy (Dr Who) (782) 0%
23. Navid & Adrianna (90210) (741) 0%
24. Nathan & Haley (One Tree Hill) (652) 0%
25. Matthew & Mary (Downton Abbey) (606) 0%
26. Matty & Jenna (Awkward) (378) 0%
27. Billy & Jane (Jane By Design) (239) 0%
28. Derek & Karen (Smash) (146) 0%
29. Will & Emily (Emily Owens M.D.) (26) 0%
30. Eddie & Loren (Hollywood Heights) (24) 0%