Exhibit A was originally going to be a Final 3, but from what I was seeing out of this group, that didn't quite feel right. So, I changed it to being a Final 2 for a really brief moment, before realizing that no, it needed to be a Final 4. I even toyed with the idea of going further than I had ever done before and saying "Final 5", but really that's taking it way too far! :)
Looking at the Final Four, I'm really glad that I made that choice. Granted, it doesn't "count" (in terms of normal Idol legacy), but it definitely counts as it's own, very special thing. But it's the very first time that we have ended up with an equal number of males and females in the finals!
All of them are someone who have been discussed, in a previous season, as having a great chance of getting to the finals, and winning it all. One of them is about to get that chance!
Another audible that I called, and I'll admit that this was touch-and-go right up until the end - is the final topic. The rest of the season has all been selections picked from submissions from contestants, and I almost went with one of them. I love the idea of asking the "why should you win?" and then turning around and also asking, "Why should your opponent(s) win". It's been with Idol since Season 1, and really caps off the season on what I think it is the right note: Having confidence in yourself, while showing your appreciation for the people around you, and cheering them on. It's something that I feel strongly about, but I worried that, with only a couple months under your belt, that having that "moment" might not work, and that people wouldn't end up getting what I wanted them to get out of it.
But, as we got closer, and I saw the connections that had formed over the last couple of months, I decided that the finalists *deserved* this topic. It's a special moment, and I hope that they can all appreciate it, and each other. I think they can, and will.
If you've read to this point, I have another special thing for you! I want you to read the Week 13 entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/644678.html and then email me a list at firstname.lastname@example.org , in order 1-4 (1 being your favorite piece)
The contestant with the best score is going to have a "possible advantage" going into the finale. The deadline to get your votes to me is Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm EDT It's open to anyone, but you need to let me know your "user ID" in order to vote! Thanks in advance.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this mini-season is going to shake out!