It is not the easiest position to be in, knowing that your vote may be the one that can tip the balance in either direction. Knowing that a handful of you are going to be making a decision that will have a major impact on the competition.
In this case it literally came down to 1 vote. 1 vote that tipped us from being in a position to eliminate 23 to one where we are eliminating 11.
This wasn't an easy decision. I wish that I could say there were so many amazing entries to pick from - actually I did hear some *very* nice things from the Gatekeepers about a number of entries.
I'm going to be quite blunt though, and say something that you have never heard me say before. I don't care how long you have been at Idol. This is the first time that I've said this, and I hope it's the last - this week did not live up to expectations whatsoever.
I don't know if it was that people froze when you saw "Open Topic" or what. I still maintain that HANDS DOWN this is my favorite group of writers from *any season* - and maybe that's it, maybe I just hold you to a higher standard because of that. I know what you are capable of doing, and when I see you not doing it, I just get all befuddled.
I digress, but I do it because I think that it needs to be said. The line between "in" and "out" this time was one vote. I don't think anyone should be feeling particularly safe right now.
1 vote, and I'll be frank about this, they were nicer than *I* would have been.
It's really time to dig in and refocus. Show that talent that amazes me week after week.
Because I know it's there and I want other people to see it too.
/mindless rant and return to thanking the Gatekeepers.
Our Gatekeepers came from a fairly wide range of backgrounds and experiences within Idol, from a couple of winners, to an academic, some fan favorites, an early drop who caught my attention quite early, and one of my favorite contestants of all time - as I said earlier, this is an amazing group of people:
Season 5 Finalist (who was eliminated during a Gatekeeper round and *brought back into the game) abbismom
Season 5 Winner boxsofrain
Season 4 Winner chite
The rogue poet danialtravieso
The Dark One (and Season 5 runner up) darkprism
The complete professional in every sense of the word just_the_ash (formerly ka_crow)
The one who I wished hadn't dropped out so early! perrie
The always outspoken rm
The veteran of veterans (who has experienced both being eliminated and surviving Gatekeeper rounds) spydielives
The previous mentioned personal favorite the_dark_snack
Thank you to all of you.