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Results - Week 26

There are some weeks where you look at the result a day or so out and kind of get the feeling you know what is going to happen. It's like that bus crash in slow motion, it's coming, but you can't stop it so everyone proceeds, frame by frame.

This wasn't one of those weeks.

This was more one of those "things explode/everyone dies" moments where you aren't really sure what happened until you go back later and review the tape.

From the time I left work, until I got home after eating dinner, there were *a lot* of votes. Apparently folks *were* waiting until the last minute.

We are losing 2 this week.

Our favorite bean - favoritebean - is leaving this week, to take her place on the Jury. Which would be the headline in any other week. The only good thing about this is that I know her life is about to get crazy really soon. But still, I'm sure she would have managed to find a way to stay alive!

The second one is a tie, between j0ydivided and rayaso.

I KNOW we are at the Top 10, and it's not like there is much space and it's not like *any* result is a surprised. But I'm still surprised to see both names there.

If you thought the regular poll was crazy, you should have seen the Jury vote. There were *4 contestants* who were still eligible to receive immunity this week. 4. Who was going to be receiving changed hands 3 times TODAY. As in, 3 of the 4 people were in the lead at one point or another during the course of the day. (with the 4th not far behind)

The person who won it this week was actually down by *2 votes* when I checked it before I stepped off the bus to meet Cynthia. The last three voters all cast their ballots for her, tipping her over the top by a single vote... I mention this tension to draw this moment out just a little bit and remind people that 1 vote can change the course of the season.

Congratulations to j0ydivided for receiving immunity this week.

Which means that the Spirit of Season 10, and the person who won the very first immunity, marking him as a frontrunner to win this thing, way back in Week 1 - someone who betting folk would have most likely put money on to see in the finale...

rayaso is leaving us this week.

Thank you to both of you for being all-around fantastic and definitely encouraging, and inspiring, to your fellow writers.

I hope we will continue to see your work in the Home Game for these next few weeks, and that you will be hanging out to cheer on your favorites!


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Aug. 5th, 2017 02:11 am (UTC)
All good things are supposed to come to an end, and this was a very good thing. Making it to the Top 10 and the Spirit award make this an amazing season. I will, of course, keep reading and voting. Bribes will be considered, and I hope to see you all in Season 11.
Aug. 5th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
I personally LOVED Goat Zero. You have been an incredible writer with an incredible spirit. I know this isn't the last we've seen of you!
Aug. 5th, 2017 02:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I had a lot of fun and read some amazing entries. I will return for yet another round.
Aug. 5th, 2017 02:46 am (UTC)
The Comedian of LJ Idol, and brilliant writer. What else is there to say, except thanks for all the laughs!
Aug. 5th, 2017 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's very nice of you.
Aug. 5th, 2017 06:46 am (UTC)
You are my favorite writer of all time and I always look forward to reading you. I really enjoyed what you brought to this season and I was rooting for you so it's kinda sad to see you go but then amazing innings this one :) Cheers! I am in awe of your imaginative mind <3
Aug. 5th, 2017 12:52 pm (UTC)
I deeply appreciate this. It was great having this playground to have fun in. The good news is that, as I understand it, there will be a Season 11, so now I can concentrate on reading the amazing writers left and then we all get to hibernate, recharge, and get Gary back to work.
Aug. 5th, 2017 10:34 pm (UTC)
There will be a mini-season that's "Idol related". Not sure if there will be an official "Season 11".

Everything is up in the air right now because Livejournal in general has everything up in the air right now. :)
Aug. 6th, 2017 01:24 am (UTC)
I will, of course, be writing for the Mini-Season, and I hope that when the dust finally settles, there will be a Season 11, somewhere, under some name.
Aug. 5th, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
Your entries were some of my favourite this season, really sad to see you go!
Aug. 6th, 2017 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a good, long run.
Aug. 8th, 2017 10:46 pm (UTC)
It was a fantastic season, and you went out on a high note with Goat Zero and his pyromaniacal nemesis.

I'm so pleased you had fun with this, and that you wrote so many crazy and utterly entertaining entries. I never knew what to expect week-to-week, only that nobody else, including me, would write anything like it.

I'm glad you didn't bow out early, and made it into the Top Ten!
Aug. 5th, 2017 03:22 am (UTC)
favoritebean, I've enjoyed your work this season. Your pieces have been long, heavy on story, and filled with fun characters. I really loved the time travel stories! You've been a great Idolar!

rayaso, you ARE the spirit of Season 10 and deservedly so!! Your entries have been filled with heart! Your dedication to your own entries but also to those of your competitors has been nothing short of admirable and uplifting! The one thing that has been of the most value, to me personally this season, has been your seemingly endless desire to make people laugh. Smile. Chortle. Snicker. And be emotionally moved. That's an absolutely amazing and astonishing gift that you give. I look forward to your entries because I know they are going to combine heartfelt humour with wickedly intelligent witticism. Your work is an utter joy to read. I think I will remember your little "cowboy" for all of my days. Thank you for sharing that character with all of us. I'm so sorry to see you leaving. Yes, yes, here's to Season 11!!!! Bravo, sir, bravo!!!

Aug. 5th, 2017 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank you, many times over! I loved your writing, and I'm glad I'll be able to read it to the end. I always wished I could write more serious entries, but my brain just doesn't work that way, I guess. Time to recharge for Season 11!
Aug. 5th, 2017 06:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. It's been a fun season, and getting to play with the concept of time travel was on my bucket list.
Aug. 5th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
Whew! Making it to the top ten with such a fantastic group of writers was more than I could ask for. Thank you everyone who commented over this season, and offered support. Going out with one of my favorite Idol writers this season, rayaso is more than I could have wished for.

Thanks for sticking with me as I tied up a few loose ends story-wise. There were a couple of characters that really wanted their voices heard, so thanks for giving them a listen/read.

Truth be told, it's been pretty busy since July 21st, but for those of you who are local to Southern California, please feel free to come visit. I'm going to be in my first opera as a non pit musician, and we open in September. Between that, regular performing gigs, students, and parenting a now second grader, my online presence will diminish.

Still, I'll be cheering for each of you here. Feel free to keep in touch. I love making friends.

Edited at 2017-08-05 03:25 am (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2017 06:51 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed your sci-fic and time travel tales. I esp loved the terrarium story.I hope you continue the story that you started this season and we get to read it sometime.

Wow! First opera sounds cool :) All the best for that. Cheers for reaching the top ten.
Aug. 8th, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed your entries this season, especially your historical fiction and your outer space story. And the Orange Thing game show!

It seemed like you stretched into some new genres, with the Sci-Fi and the crack, and did so successfully! The crack story was an utter delight.

Congratulations on the opera as well-- that has to be incredibly exciting. :)
Aug. 5th, 2017 04:57 am (UTC)
Login button seems to not be working for me at the moment. Weird.

Anyway, sorry to see you both go!

And you're right, we've lost our spirit! I assume this means we will spend the remaining weeks mired in despair.

- hwango
Aug. 5th, 2017 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! No despair here, and you have a new topic to tackle.
Aug. 5th, 2017 04:59 am (UTC)
Congratulations to joydivided on a well deserved immunity.

I'm so sad to see favoritebean leave us. So, so sad. Hugs

I'm utterly gobsmacked that rayaso is leaving us this week. Gobsmacked and really sad.

I look forward to being on the jury with both favoritebean and rayaso. Hugs for both of you--great writers!
Aug. 5th, 2017 06:53 am (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2017 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The plus side is that we get serve on the Jury together and wreak havoc in the results, and then come back and do it all again for Season 11!
Aug. 7th, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- I'm stunned to have won it.
Aug. 7th, 2017 06:10 pm (UTC)
This is certainly an interesting thing to come back from vacation to! When I left on Friday, I was certain that my run in Idol was over. I'm pleasantly surprised to find that's not the case.

Thank you to everyone on the Jury who voted for me to have immunity -- I appreciate it! Now, onto the new topic...
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