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Spirit of LJ Idol - Week 22

After last night's massacre, it was time for something nice to happen.

I started the Spirit of LJ Idol back in Season 2. It was a nod to the idea that maybe the person who best represented what the season was about might not actually be the one who would win. But that it was a good way of acknowledging their contributions and had the added bonus of giving them a little something extra to *help* them get to the end.

Take the list of the remaining Top 20 contestants and *rank them* 1-20. 1 being "This person is what LJ Idol Season 10 IS ALL ABOUT!" and 20 being "Not getting that vibe from them".

Your scores will be tallied and the person with the lowest score (because 1 is the best) will join the ranks of tru2myart, spydielives, tulip_in_yellow, boxsofrain, beautyofgrey, joeymichaels, halfshellvenus and kickthehobbit!

(note for those who like such things: winning the Spirit is currently 3/8 for winning, or 4/8 if you count if they won a mini-season at some point after)

If you are a current contestant - as in you are one of those 20 names - You have until this week's deadline to send your list to clauderainsrm@gmail.com


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Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:48 pm (UTC)
Last night wasn't easy. But the week preceding it was even worse.

In my opinion, which..prolly doesn't count for much, here's my thoughts about a Gatekeeper round.

I think the writers should be told in advance. I think if you are gathering a truly impressive list of judge-readers you want them to see the very best of what Idol has to offer, how high your competitors can reach, how stellar a thing a group of thirty writers in the same room is when you come at it with fresh eyes. And sure, writers should be bringing their A-game each and every week...and yet that isn't always the case, or perhaps they are in an experimental week, or maybe they are having an off week and dialing in an entry. If the writers know that they aren't going to be judged by those who have been reading them all season long, voted on by friends and enemies alike, then that gives them the incentive to truly polish and spit-shine. I know it's an assumption, but I do think it's fair to say that most of the judges are not reading all of the entries every week as is the case for most weeks.

AND I think the field of entries would be even more impressive and cohesive with a single prompt. An open prompt for a Gatekeepers round feels like driving without a seatbelt.

Of course, half the tortuous fun of Idol is this sort of surprise twist...but Idol is also about writing, the gift and the craft of it. Narrowing a Gatekeeper round by informing your writers and focusing the prompt could, in my untried hypothesis, produce thirty near-flawless pieces of writing.

Obviously, the counter-argument is the good argument that every week should be about near-flawless writing.
Jun. 22nd, 2017 03:11 pm (UTC)
I had very similar thoughts leading up to last night's elimination. I'm not sure if it's better to be eliminated based on the people who have read your work all along and being able to watch the polls or based on people who may or may not have read your work before and are getting a snapshot moment that as you said could be an experimental week or off week.
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Jun. 22nd, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
I am in shock today. Shock because we lost eight writers last night. Shock because my name wasn't on the list. Also, had a crazy day yesterday. "Results" made it "the perfect storm" for moi.

I like this idea of a Spirit of Idol award.

Now I need to go back to thinking about what to write for this week's prompt...Sunday!
Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:20 pm (UTC)
My current thoughts about the prompt are an obvious choice for the first, but the energy, and plus, what would the details be?

The second one is just that "Bubba...bubba...bubba..." noise you make when you pull down on your lower lip and vocalize again and again. For which there apparently is no name. :O
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Jun. 22nd, 2017 04:15 pm (UTC)
Aaargh! I have to vote on writers for their entries, and now I have to vote for people based on Spirit! I'm not even sure what Spirit is. Clearly, it is more than (or separate from) writing, because we already vote on that.

This is going to require deep thought, and my brain is being fried by a heat wave -- 109 today. Our A/C went out once already, until I kicked it (literally) which seemed to have done the trick. Never underestimate percussive maintenance.
Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:48 pm (UTC)
You know someone who could offer insight. ;)

But if *I* were to give some, the Spirit of LJ Idol is the person who - if you were approached on the street and asked "Hey, what's Season 10 of LJ Idol? What is this thing about?" they are the first people you would want to mention.
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Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
We've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit how 'bout you?

Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:57 pm (UTC)

WE'VE got spirit yes we do, WE'VE got spirit how bout YOU?!
Jun. 23rd, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
I exited my first season of Idol, (which was season 9) on a Gatekeeper round (Week 30, that season) and I definitely did not have an "A" game entry by any means!

While I'm sure I would have been more focused if I knew that it was going to be juried voting, I also had never really experienced any of this so every single twist and turn was completely new to me. I also think I wasn't always writing for my own tastes and was trying to cater to the audience, a mistake I went to school on, for certain.

It is an interesting dichotomy about judging people based on their season of work as opposed to one entry. Because as voters in the polls, we read everyone weekly and we can usually tell if someone is having an "off" week, but we'll probably still give them a vote, based on some of the other stuff they've done. So perhaps that's a more "forgiving" element to the vote when it's based on a standard ballot.

But it's really great to read what some gatekeepers, who chose to share their process here, did during this week. I'm not surprised, as I understand that they all experienced LJ Idol themselves, they take it with the utmost seriousness and know just what the process is about, both as a judge and as a contestant.

But to bring it back to the topic at hand, I think the bigger challenge than writing the piece is ranking the "Spirit of Idol!"
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC)
It's the top twenty. Every week someone talented and/or popular is leaving. It's 'A game' all the time. New voters come every week. Entries should stand alone, even if they're part of a series. We say that every season.

Everyone but one will be eliminated in this contest. The last person standing won't be the 'best' writer in the eyes of almost anybody, and every person eliminated along the way will have bruises no matter how much they're in it for the 'fun' or incentive or community, and 'never expected to make it this far.'

Of all the twists in the game, gatekeepers are the most reasonable, in my opinion. Imagine what a gut punch the infamous tops turvy would be about now.

Almost all of the gatekeepers are idol veterans who have been through trying to come up with something for the topic every week while living a life, and most of them have been through at least one hell week.

(That was a free reminder about hell week coming. You're welcome. )

Jun. 24th, 2017 06:14 am (UTC)
I enjoyed reading everything in this and now my brain is fried.
I finished my entry.
I probably WON'T get a chance to come up with a list for Gary.

He knows I won't. You know I won't That's not how I play this game. I play this game to create things. Hopefully make new friends
and all that jazz.
If you like me you should btw
follow me on twitter

and/or Facebook
Reid Harris Cooper

Introduce yourself. I like friends... and hugs.
Jun. 26th, 2017 12:02 am (UTC)
I will add you on Facebook. I haven't used Twitter in seven years.
Jun. 25th, 2017 11:14 am (UTC)
Can someone post an alphabetical list of the Top 20 contestants? My spreadsheet has a couple extra names on it, I think.
Jun. 25th, 2017 11:46 am (UTC)
Never mind about the list. I figured it out. In case anyone else needs it, here are the Top 20 in alphabetical order:


Edited at 2017-06-25 11:49 am (UTC)
Jun. 25th, 2017 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this!! You helped me greatly <333
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