I'm sensing a theme!;)
There was a well-liked contestant, who liked to let people know the poll was going on, and of course, to let people know that she was in said poll.
There were some disagreements about the ethics of pimping. Even back then, it was an old argument.
So, since she was going to asking people to come out and vote, she decided that she might as well do some social good at the same time - she would make a donation to a social cause for every round she survived. (There's more to it, but that's the basics)
The internet exploded.
Some people thought it was horrifying that someone would offer something for votes. Other people thought it was a good use of the platform she was on, to promote giving to charity.
The furor had a pretty huge impact on her, as a contestant, and more importantly, as a human being.
Because that's the one thing that everyone has in common - we are all just people. People who have been at this for a very long time, and who are coming off a stressful and intense week.
Some people are going to react to those circumstances in ways that they might not normally. Some will be more heated. Some will come up with ideas to promote themselves that might go right up to that line, and poke a toe or two over.... stress does funny things to a person.
The people who manage to hold it all together have a better chance of actually making it to the end in one piece.
There isn't a single person who doesn't deserve their spot, and who didn't more than prove themselves during the course of the season, and especially last week.
Looking at the contestant only votes that are coming in, I'm actually impressed by the diversity in most of them. Even at this late stage, you see contestants supporting each other. Which is important.
Ultimately, only one person can win this thing. Which means there are going to be 6 unhappy folks in a couple of weeks.
After all, everyone (even the ones who say that they don't) wouldn't be still in this thing if they didn't *want* to win, if it wouldn't actually *mean something* to them. Everyone has something to prove, that means that, deep down, they would like to get a little further than the next person... which doesn't mean that they don't like you. It just means they also like the idea of winning. Just as much as YOU like it!
Try to remember that.
So eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow I destroy some hopes and dreams: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/595911.html ! Maybe yours!!!