And since I said that I would "reveal the Gatekeepers after the results", and I know that some of them have been waiting anxiously to talk about why they made their individual decisions that resulted in these group outcomes:
A special thank you to our Gatekeepers, who did a job that was pretty much impossible, picking the best in THAT group. Thank you for your time, and your effort.
As was pretty much immediately predicted: Thank you to our previous winners: tinhuviel (who due to real life circumstances was not able to make the deadline, but was reading), tru2myart and welfy people who have proven their worth time and time again.
The fourth gatekeeper was the "biggest threat" of this season, the respected and sometimes feared*g*: rm
The "alternate" gatekeeper, who helped more than she knows, is the one and only bettybaker (last season's second place).