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Green Room - Week 15 - Day 7

We went to a Middle School Talent Show last night. Or should I say "Talent" show.

Because if you've ever been to one of these things there is a collection of people who, for whatever reason, no one has pointed out to them that they shouldn't be singing. Including the winner (although she was better than most of them).

There *were* a couple that were actually good... not sure if it's coincidence, but they were also the ones who could play their own instruments. Maybe they take it more seriously and are willing to put more into it. Or perhaps I'm just bitter and old! :)

(Although, OMG, there were moments last night when I thought it was going to kill me and I wouldn't be getting any older!)


Speaking of talent shows, and OMG kill me - there are two polls going on right now. One that you can see: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1005827.html and a Contestant Only vote.

I was emailed some questions, and I was going to answer them - but then decided that I should answer them *here*. Because if one person is asking, then probably a lot more are wondering. It's all ground that I've covered in the past, but maybe it didn't come up yet this season. And even if it did, it's ground that *needs* to be covered. Because it's important stuff:

Can you vote for yourself?

I'm not going to go around telling people how they should or shouldn't vote.
There are some people who have a problem with voting for themselves, and some that don't.

Your "sense of right and wrong" is yours. But, honestly - if you don't vote for yourself, you're wrong. ;)

If YOU don't support your own entry - why should anyone else? If you honestly think "this doesn't deserve MY vote!" when stacked up against all the other entries, then you probably should have gone in some other direction with your piece.

I've seen people play all kinds of mini-games with themselves, inside of Idol, and out. "I will survive entirely on other people's votes, and I won't vote at all"; "I won't promote my entries" and so on... IMO, it's a set-up for justifying "why I didn't win". Maybe you don't care about winning. But I will say the less interaction you have in Idol, the less you are getting out of it - and the less of the *actual writing experience* you are getting. Because any published author can tell you, you have to hustle out there. And if you're not your own biggest supporter, you're starting in a pretty deep hole.

So yes - vote for yourself if you want to do so and feel like you deserve it. And if you don't - then don't be surprised when you are voted out by 1 vote...

There was a second question in that email as well - so I'll answer that:

With the contestant only vote - do you HAVE to vote for 15 entries?

15 is the maximum. You can vote for as many, or few, entries as you want to support, up to that 15 mark.


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Apr. 21st, 2017 01:48 pm (UTC)
My reward for an early morning at the computer is . . . first! Was this a "talent" show of adults? If so, I feel for you.
Apr. 21st, 2017 01:52 pm (UTC)
Sometimes those talent shows, whether they be with adults or kids make my ears bleed! haha.
It's Friday!
Apr. 21st, 2017 03:02 pm (UTC)
I grew up performing in those shows (mostly playing piano) and it is amazing how painfully (for the audience) deluded some girls are about their singing ability.

EDIT, cause that looked sexist -- In my experience, guys didn't sign up to sing, but some did jam out distorted power chords, deluded about their talents as well. (I'm told I did well -- tho that was mostly by Mom)

Edited at 2017-04-21 03:05 pm (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2017 03:49 pm (UTC)
There were some girls with gigantic delusions. But there was a boy singing "I'm Still Standing" that made me lean over to Cynthia and say that Elton John was spinning in his grave.

She looked confused, "He's not dead"

"He is now"
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
Literally LOL'd at that =D
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
We had a talent show in the 6th grade and Becky and I memorized and recited (more than acted sadly) the classic "Who's on First" routine. It may not have been brilliant, but at least it was different.
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
*Snorted* with that comeback there EO. Hi everyone! Just saying hello and I hope everyone's day is easy. ~~~
Apr. 21st, 2017 05:01 pm (UTC)
My school never had talent shows. I guess the nuns frowned upon it because you were never supposed to be "better" than the kid sitting next to you unless it was academic.
Apr. 21st, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm really hoping I make it through this week, though with what real life has on hand for me next week it may be tough getting an entry in, depending on the deadline. I'm flying to Chicago on Wednesday to help my parents move 1500+ miles to Texas... Whee...
Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
My friend lolaslaughter's entry is long but so worth the read!

Sorry I haven't been able to comment so much, I was enlisted to mind my toddler cousins since Wednesday, I have a new appreciation for the idol/writer moms, I have written with a lap full of matchbox cars and had to go on endless adventures to find snoopy/spiderman/the box of fishy crackers comments post by mistake because one of them jumped in my lap*

Thanks to the person who rec'd my long fic that was the zombies in San Francisco that I wrote in my head while working as a barista there and I finally had a reason to write down that kept me in the game in the first weeks

Happy Earth Day citizens of Earth ;)

Edited at 2017-04-22 09:04 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:07 am (UTC)
It's been a crazy couple of months that as much as I want to promote my work, it's been hard because there's so many other things going on that I'm juggling.

But if you haven't read my piece this week, please do so - you get to meet my quite horrific aunt! She'll put a lot of your family members into perspective!
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