It’s a balancing act. You have a window and just hope that the pieces end up fitting right more often than they don’t!
I’m just hoping that these last couple sections of Exhibit B – and yes, we are in what I consider to be squarely in the second half, headed toward the “end game” – can fit into that window that will end things before I need to start getting things ready for Season 9. Otherwise, the start may have to be pushed back. It’s one thing to have two mini-seasons on top of each other, but I want to be able to generate some excitement about the FINAL IDOL SEASON without people falling over going “Again???”
I’ll admit, I’ve really liked these mini-seasons. There *is* definitely a temptation to do something like it sometime in the future. Heck, there’s a temptation that has been pulling at me for years to have an All Star. But I’d need to make sure that I was doing it the right way, and for the right reasons. (Trying you guys crazy *is* a “right reason” in my book!) Over the years, I think I’ve had to develop the character of “Gary From Idol” into something bigger than the actual guy – and while I still definitely play with that quite a bit, I also like the idea of being able to pull that back a bit from time to time without worrying that it will be exploited, or that someone will mistake it for weakness. But, I digress…
So, just a peak behind the curtain at my thought process going into this last bit. I want to make sure that you have the best possible experience – while still getting us in under that rapidly approaching wire… I like to think we’re going to be able to pull that off.
It’s also why you see me stressing about “telling people about Idol” – because telling them NOW, getting them excited about what YOU are doing is the best way to recruit them for next season! It’s how the vast majority of folks came into Idol, and how things are kept fresh, year after year!
Speaking of “telling people”, there is a poll going on: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/676691.html
As well as a Community Chest, which has a LOT more things in it than it did yesterday! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/676576.html
We’re not that far away from when people are going to be eligible to pick something from it! Which is awesome.