When I was a boy my Mother used to wake me up in the dead of night and say "You need to post a Green Room". When I would complain she would tell me "It's no picnic for me either buster", and then go out and kick a hippie.
I learned some important lessons throughout my life but the two that stuck with me were posting a Green Room and that sometimes hippies just need to be kicked.
The funny thing is that back then there was no internet, and as hard as it is to believe no Idol as we know it. That doesn't mean it wasn't around though.
My grandfather, Patton and my opponent used to hang out in a "Green Room" of their own. But that was just a room that they painted green. They used to write their entries up on the chalk board and hope people came by and to see them.
A lot has changed over the years. Now contestants post their entries to: http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/193255.html - or if they are playing the Home Game they post them here.
But no thing has not - the American Spirit may have been challenged, but it has never been broken. It lives on, in all of us, even damn foreigners. It is the hope, the dream, that one day anyone regardless of their background can one day grow up and become the next LJ Idol!