That's how I'm feeling when I look at the poll this week: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1036872.html
Even if everyone is waiting until the last minute to vote (and I'm sure there are a bunch of people who are), the numbers aren't looking great.
BUT, and here's a couple of things, one for me and one for the rest of you guys.
Those long lost groups that were founded to "destroy" Idol? Even the numbers *this week* would have been a great week for them for most of their runs. They would have been glad to have that much participation! That's the part for me. :)
My thoughts *for you* is that each of the remaining 10 of you wrote a piece this week that I hope you are proud of, you've gotten some feedback on them (just went over and saw there are still comments coming in on most, and conversations happening.) and I think, at the end of the day - you sitting down and writing, week after week, is the important thing. Everything else is the window dressing. Granted, it's a satisfying window dressing. But the important thing is what you take away from the experience, and from the process itself.
The poll closes tomorrow, and we are going to be losing two of you - and regardless of which two - that is going to suck. But I hope that the Top 8 will continue to raise that bar every week, until there is only 1 left standing. Regardless of who ends up showing up to see it happen. Because this is about *you*, and it's about going through this with each other. That's something no one has to validate, and no one can take away.