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LJ Idol Season 9 is over!

Our winner has been crowned http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/851230.html and now it's time for a couple last details to wrap up things up as the cleaning crew takes over the Green Room to clean it up for next time!

- If you want to become a Patron, and support LJ Idol you can do so at: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027 There's also a "two for one" option for the upcoming mini-season, if you are interested.

- If you want to help Idol but really love shopping at Amazon, the perfect solution is to go through this link: http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20 when you shop!

- If you want to help Idol, but are unable to do either of those (or just don't want to) - then spread the word! Let people know that LJ IDOL will be coming back and they should come out to join the fun!

In the spirit of that last one, we always cap the season with a Friending Frenzy!

So, if there are people you have been meaning to friend this season, or just want to introduce yourself in hopes of meeting some new folks, this is great opportunity to do that.

Tell your friends!

Some say "LJ is dying", but maybe that means we are also becoming a tighter knit group! Spread to word to people looking for others with active Livejournals. You don't get much more "active LJers" than Idol folks! :D

Results - Week 43 - Finale

Every season is different. There are different people, in different combinations and if I were to map out how each of them were going to go, I would fail at it every time.

This season's theme was modeled after the Muppet Show, a crazy cast of characters all doing their own thing, with a frantic frog trying his best to make it work as a coherent show.

I think the Muppets may have been based on real life LJ Idol events. :)

The season itself certainly fulfilled that theme. It was long, it was difficult at times, but I hope, at the end of the day, that it was fun.

The poll is now closed and the votes have been examined. Which means that it's now time to make the official announcements:

In third place we have one of this season's biggest cheerleaders and (I hope) someone who is going to be around to help push this competition into the future. It's kind of fitting that someone like her would finish in the same spot that agirlnamedluna did in *her* first season.

Congratulations to bleodswean

In second place, I will come right out and call her this season's powerhouse. Because that's what she is - and I have a feeling that she will continue the proud tradition of Second Place finishers like notodette in knocking things out of the park for a long time to come.

Congratulations to gratefuladdict

In first place... well, that could only be one person now couldn't it?

She first showed up in Idol during Season 4 and ended up taking a far too long sabbatical from us, and writing on a regular basis. Now she has become the second veteran to win, as well as being a genuine, all-around kind person and talented writer! None of those are easy to obtain.

Congratulations to our Winner, Your LJ IDOL for Season 9- suesniffsglue!!!

Thank you to all of our finalists and to all of you who participated in making this season so very special.

I hope that you know how much I truly appreciate your continued support.

LJ Idol will return for a mini-season and a Season 10, but for now...

Dreslinski out!

Green Room - Week 43 - Day 7

The poll closes tonight at 10pm EST.

The *season* closes then.

I know I keep saying it. But I'm trying to get my head around it as much as everyone else is - maybe a little bit more, because when I envisioned this, it was going to end with a "fade to black".

Now it's more of a "see you next time!"

We've had births. We've had deaths... omg, we've had deaths. We went an entire 8 seasons plus two mini seasons with only losing one person who was a "friend of a friend" of Idol - and a mega-champion cat.

We lost three people during Season 9. One of them dying while she wrote her Idol entry. (That's not something that gets any easier with time.)

I want this season to end in a way that honors all of that. An ending where people can point to the result and say "Damn, Season 9 was something special. It was worth going through all of that".

I can say that all three finalists are incredible writers, and people. I think their entries speak for themselves about what a difficult choice this is - and really just how different each of them are!

http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/850328.html

This season *is* an ending. It is also a beginning. Like most stories.

Green Room - Week 43 - Day 6

Thanks to my friends in the Indiana Legislature - after this week's vote, I am going to pass a rule barring me from having to serve same sex couples, on religious grounds.

I will also not be serving different sex couples.

Couples in general.

Single people.

People in general

Other life forms participating in Livejournal.

Other life forms participating in any form of social media.

Things that may or may not be considered "life forms"

Once this vote is over, I will not be serving anyone, for any reason... until of course it's time to start up again. :)

Until then though - there is still a poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/850328.html and what a huge difference 24 hours made. I imagine that the next 24 will probably provide another shift in votes. Make sure you are making *your voice* heard on who will win!

Heck, once this is over - I may follow that guy in California's lead and declare that it's OK to start shooting people I don't like! :)

Green Room - Week 43 - Day 5

The final poll is happening now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/850328.html

There is an early lead. But this is Idol. Maybe it will expand. Maybe it will shift. Honestly, I have no idea. I just want to make sure that no one looks and thinks "Well, my vote doesn't matter!" Because it always does.

***

People have been asking what my plans are during the off-season. This of course implies that I *have* an off-season. :)

A good part of my time is probably going to be spent getting ready for the mini-season.

Well, that and finding a new job. A lot of the timing of the mini-season is going to revolve around what I find, when, and the details of that job. (when I need to be into work/when I get home) I'll want to stabilize as much as possible before adding an element as chaotic as Idol!

For the mini-season, keep in mind that I have a 2 for 1 thing on the Patreon page. :) You get an automatic spot in any mini-seasons that occur while you are a patron, plus an extra one for a friend. (as opposed to waiting for the sign up sheet and hoping to get there before I close it out)

I may take a week or two off though. But I doubt my brain will let me rest much longer than that!

***

What about YOU? What are your plans?

Vote - Week 43

A few words from clauderainsrm:

The road was long and filled with pitfalls.

But all roads come to an end, and all adventures must cease at some point, so that we can look back on them and see the full picture.

That’s what is happening now. We are going to decide how this adventure is going to end.

There are three outstanding writers. But, I’m happy to say, there are also three outstanding people. I would be proud to call any of them the winner of this season, and honestly, this is one of those times when if I didn’t already vote for everyone, I would.

Read their words. Reflect on their journeys, and your own. Comment to their entries - and then make that decision on which of these women will be forever called 9. (or the winner of the LJ Idol Season 9, but I will just call them 9! :D)

The poll, and the season, closes Thursday, March 26th at 10pm EST

Good luck to everyone!




Poll #2005194 LJ Idol, Season Nine, Week 43
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

84(31.2%)
90(33.5%)
95(35.3%)

Green Room - Week 43 - Day 4

The final entries of the season are due tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/849591.html

Which means we will soon to focusing on the final vote.

Before we get there though - what was your favorite part of the season? Who are you glad to have the chance to meet/interact with that you wouldn't have if it wasn't for being a part of Idol?

Green Room - Week 43 - Day 1

It's the start of our last week together.

There were results last night http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/849155.html as well as the Final Topic of the season going up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/849591.html

Yes, I did say that it was "our last week together". By this time next week - Season 9 will be a thing you can look back on. There were definitely times when it seemed like that would never happen.

What is the plan going forward?

Well, I'm going to be resting for a little bit.

I would still like to do that "Idol Jr" idea, if people are still interested/think they know someone who would be.

After that, I'll need to find someone to design the new page/maybe work with LJ designers (something that I've resisted, but maybe it's time to do that) on creating something for the next mini-season. No idea when that will start. It will probably be a few months.

So enjoy these last few Green Rooms, and these last few moments together.

Final Topic - Week 43

There is a tradition we have in LJ Idol.

Every season, we end with the same topic.

You have made a long journey together in a full season. In THIS season, you have made the longest journey of all time.

You have made friends, maybe a few enemies.

It's not just about sharing a space. It's about being able to express what that means -

while balancing out making your case and showcasing the talent of those who have gotten here with you.

That topic is Why I Should Win LJ Idol/Why My Opponents Should Win

I'm really looking forward to seeing how you each decide to close this season out.

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, March 23rd at 8pm EST

Have fun!

Results - Week 42

It came down to a couple votes.

Which is the way it should be with these four.

But, unfortunately, someone had to leave right before the finals.

That someone is crisp_sobriety, who came out of Last Chance Idol and managed to battle it out week after week, producing some amazing work in the process.

I can't even say "I hope you Home Game for the rest of the season", because the "rest of the season" is just a couple days away from ending. But I will say that I really hope that we will continue to see you around these parts, not only as a contestant, but as a community member, because I think you really brought a lot of good things to the table.

Thank you for coming out and helping to make this season special.

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