June 18th, 2020

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Green Room - Week 24 - Day 10

The poll closes tonight - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1142504.html

Will your dreams close with it?

I guess that might happen, but only if the only dream you have is winning Season 11. Which, let's face it, is the only dream really worth having.

All of those other life goals are pretty stupid in comparison.


I should just put "people freaking out over non-LJ accounts" on the schedule. Because it always ends up happening. I can count on one hand the number of times "non-LJ accounts" have had any significant impact on a result. The one account that was misused last week - that was a Livejournal account. I just want to make sure that is cleared up because there is a lot of speculation. Of the 57 votes that have been cast, of the time that I'm writing this, there are 4 non-LJ accounts. 3 of them are regular voters (who used to be a part of Idol but no longer use their Livejournals.)

I'll admit, that when LJ announced that they were opening up to other social media, I was upset. I did not like it. I worried about the impact it would have on the competition. But the damage that move did wasn't from the direction I was expecting. I thought we *would* be getting a lot of non-LJ votes from people spamming the process. Which didn't happen.

What DID happen is that more people started to isolate their social media and pull back further. Which meant fewer people promoting Idol and telling their friends about it. Which meant that Idol itself ended up shrinking. Same amount of work for me (although fewer problems/conflicts, which is nice) but fewer people being involved overall. More people pulled back from Livejournal altogether because of that, and other LJ policies, and started using those other platforms. (as was discussed in comments elsewhere, it led to people who used to write paragraphs about their feelings to become people who write a sentence about their dinner) It makes sense for people to not want those two worlds linked - and the more social media becomes links, the more difficult it is to maintain that barrier.

Which remains, for me, a challenge for the future - how to keep people coming back while still gaining new people and shaking things up so it's not the same thing happening season after season... *to me* (who is the person who sees the votes and so knows the actual differences between community only/public votes) that's the real problem - bringing in new readers and turning them into the next generation of contestants. The more people who show up, the more people to read and comment on your entries! So, absolutely, when you can mention what we have going on in this long forgotten corner of the internet to other people - please do!
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Results - Week 24

Some people vote early.
Some vote late. Let's face it, this is Idol, most of them vote late.

And once again, when the dust settled and the poll was closed, it ended up being with most of the pack extremely close.

But, to tell the whole story, this result ended up being majorly impacted by a single vote. Because immunity from the Jury this week was decided by a 1 vote, and that ended up making an impact.

Congratulations to me_sonrei

She was part of the pair was that was on the bottom this week. Unfortunately, that is only a solo immunity. Which means that tonithegreat is leaving us.

We are also losing flipflop_diva, the remaining contestant with the lowest total. Again, by the single vote.

I said 3 contestants were going to leave us. But, thanks to the Jury's decision, only 2 will joining the Jury.

Thank you to both of you for being, well, great this season - and also divas, I guess... even though neither of you were. :)
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Work Room - Week 25

The results are in: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1143443.html

and there is a new topic: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1143861.html

There is no finding a partner this week, so that means this isn't going to be as busy.

I typed a bunch of stuff about voting, and how conversations repeat over the course of 14 years... but then deleted it. Because honestly I was just venting. Sometimes it's better to just vent and then delete. :)

What I'm NOT going to delete is that there are 16 of you, and only 1 winner. So if you haven't started looking at the path forward, it's going to be interesting to see how you are going to get there!

With the people left standing, this is going to be an epic showdown.

I will admit that I've recently had a Top 3 dream. These dreams are almost always wrong. But it was a cool, and "unexpected" combination. So now I'm trying to see how it's possible for them to make it. (as they are eliminated, I'll let you know - if someone reminds me. If somehow all of them get to the finals... I'll mention it then as well. But again, someone needs to remind me!)

Who are YOUR Top 3? Anyone brave enough to say?
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Topic - Week 25

It's Week 25 of Season 11, and there are 16 of you left standing.

We are in that tense period before the sprint to the end game starts. Or maybe we are already in the end game and people are just starting to wake up to the fact.

At any rate, 15 of you are going to be eliminated and one of you is the person sitting in

The Catbird's Seat

You have until Monday, June 22nd at 8pm EDT to link your entry back to this thread.

Have fun!