Our Top 11.
Have we really come this far?
We started out with *195* contestants this season. (well 193 and two joined us along the way coming in from the Home Game)
Separated into tribes and broken up into "veterans" and "newbies" we bumped our way down the road that led us here: With 5 veterans and 6 newbies!
Congratulations to you all.
But now there is something you need to do. A part of the tradition and something that isn't to be taken lightly, because it *will* impact how the rest of this competition plays out. Not "may", this *will* impact it.
Which, given that we are talking about the biggest "special power" and award that Idol contestants can give to each other, is entirely appropriate.
The SPIRIT OF LJ IDOL award.
Just a little background on it before I get into the specifics.
Back in season two I was looking around and the dwindling ranks of the contestants wishing, like a lot of people do, that they "all could win". Obviously, that's not how these things work. People can (and often do) win in their own way, by meeting goals and having a positive experience. But I was thinking a little more specific than that.*g*
Which pretty much dovetailed into my "these contestants really do know each other better than anyone else knows them. They have been reading each other's work since Day 1 after all. They have totally different impressions on them than anyone else."
How I pitched the original award a couple seasons ago was "Man, I wish you could win. But I know you have no chance!"*G* Yeah, really nice huh?*G*
The person who won it also ended up winning the season. Shows what I know!!!
No one has done that since. But it has ended up being a lasting way for the contestants to pay tribute to one of their own, and to put a *huge* special power into the hands of one of their own to help determine how the rest of their own experience is going to go.
Not going to spell out the power until it's announced, but I will say every season it's a little different, and this one is the biggest yet.
I want the current contestants to think about your experience this season and send me a list of your *3 top choices* from your fellow remaining contestants to firstname.lastname@example.org. When you think "Season Five" who is it who stands out?
This is a big responsibility, in game terms, to put on someone's shoulders. Make sure to make the right one.
(and yes, every season I've had a pick of who I *thought for sure* was going to win the Spirit Award - and every season I've been wrong! It's going to be interesting to see how you prove me wrong this time around!*g*)