Granted, every moment I take is one more moment that I get the honor of having these people as current contestants - and I think anyone taking a look at the list would agree that it truly has been a honor.
Is this the list that I would have come up with? No.
Is it the list that any single Gatekeeper came up with? No.
Collectively, working without any knowledge of who anyone else was voting for, this was how it worked out.
Having now been introduced to the Gatekeepers I can only hope that people know it wasn't anything that happened lightly. . . and that it's the sort of call no one enjoys making. But ultimately they read the entries and voted for their 25 favorites, and those were added together and the bottom 14 were determined.
Before I say those though I want to point out the *top 5*. There is no special prize for it, but these four were so close together that not acknowledging them seems an injustice.
Especially since the first two ended up with 8/9 votes and the second three with 7/9. Which I think shows you just *how close* the rest of the pack must have been.
Congratulations go to
Now the hard part. I delayed as long as I could.
Especially since the people on here are some of my personal favorite contestants - and I know at this point that pretty much everyone left in the field is *someone's* favorite and all it takes is one entry or as one person noted a change in audience that you are writing for to shift the status quo.
With that, I'll now cut and paste the 14 user names (in alphabetic order) of the contestants leaving the game but hopefully not our presence this week:
*deep breath* *hit post*