Damn, what a finish!
That’s how we do it in Idol, and that’s certainly consistent with how this season has been since Week 1!
I don’t think that I have to lavish praise on either of these two. I think that they do it for themselves, and have all season long, with their entries!
But since I get to eliminate one last person, I will say that the second place goes to the individual who was referred (by that mystery almost Gatekeeper that unfortuantely couldn’t join us in the first round - and who I’m keeping secret, because I hope to use him next time! ;D) as “the clear winner”.
She might not have taken away that prize, but calling that she would be in the finals - from that far out, that’s a pretty good trick!
Having seen her work over the past 10+ months, it’s been nothing short of delightful. And although I’m kicking her hippie foreigner self to the curb with a steel-toed boot, it’s with the knowledge that she deserves every single bit of her success (as well as every single kick! :D)
Congratulations to our second place finisher for Season 8:
Which brings me to our Winner. I started hearing people say that she could win quite early in the season. When she came into town a few months back, and I saw her for the first time in about 20 years (eek) and heard her strategy (as laid out in her final entry) I started to think that she might prove them right.
I also thought she would have a hard road to get to this point, with a ton of pitfalls. She would have to not only excel as a writer, but as a competitor as well. She managed it.
When I say “hippie foreigner” - I’m not lying when it comes to her.
She has now, officially, become our FIRST INTERNATIONAL WINNER (being born in Canada and living outside of the US for most of the season). People said that it couldn’t happen. That was just proven wrong.
She has also just tied everything back up on the “winners with kids” scale, as well as “where in the alphabet their user name falls”, becoming our second W! I guess next time will decide it once and for all!
Congratulations to our Season 8 Winner: whipchick!!
and thank everyone for a fantastic season!
I’ve quoted this before, but it’s one of those things that continue to be true. Craig Finn of the Hold Steady says it quite a bit at the end of their shows, and if you can say it after doing something, and mean it, you are ahead of the game.
“There is so much joy in what we do up here.”
There really is. I hope that is one thing that you take away from this experience. The sheer amount of joy involved in it. The sheer amount of love.
Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of it.