Thank you to lj_spotlight; and to everyone who found us through them! I'm really glad you did!
Those following the Final Day of Sign Ups will note that we are very close to 300! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/485253.html So, for anyone who had that number in the "How Many Contestants Will Idol Have This Season" poll, you are about to be right!! If there is anyone out there on the fence, today is the day to make up your mind!!
I have one other piece of information that may tip that balance. Originally, I was going to announce this next week - but I had a really good weekend, so I'm going to be generous. (Which just means that I need to be extra evil later in the season to make up for it -
I am announcing the byes today. Right now, in fact.
For those not familiar with the concept - A bye is essentially a "free pass" week. If something comes up in your life, and you just can't manage to get anything in - you can post (in the Topic thread) that you are "taking a bye".
This season, you will be getting two of them.
Once they are gone, and you miss a deadline, you will be out. But until then, you have a little breathing room. Life is going to happen. It always does. With two byes, you have a little breathing room.
They will be good until we hit the Top 100! So use them carefully. Once they are gone, you are hanging on week to week!
You can use them starting this week. I wouldn't recommend it, but you know - if you have to use it, you do.
If you still need to post your entry (or use a bye), the place to go is: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/486728.html - the deadline is TODAY at 8pm EDT!! So make sure to get it in!!