"The part of this job that I like the best? Being privileged enough to be able to watch the growth of writing *and people* throughout the duration of a season. It’s an absolutely thrilling thing to witness. Heh, sometimes a kind of scary thing at times too. But the people who actually put something of themselves into their work, and put it on the line, those make for some incredible opportunities to actually watch something extraordinary take place.
The worst part of the job – Eliminations. I always try to minimize the amount of people going every week because I just don’t like saying goodbye to people! (Cue Topic 1!*g*)
That said – we had 192 people signing up to play this season!!! That's an incredible amount of folks!
Unfortunately, the following people missed the deadline we set for Topic 0:"
"Some of the names on there had intent statements which were minimal and so I never got much of an impression, a couple were old friends of Idol, and some I was *really* excited to get to know.
I wish they had been able to get their entries in."
"Now for the good news.
The rest of you made it and the talent this season already seems to be rather intimidating!!!
Look around. See those people around you? One of them is the Next LJ Idol!!!! Heck, maybe it’s YOU!!!!
That’s what we are here to find out!
Congratulations to all of you – and welcome."