I can now confirm that Season 10 of LJ Idol will be set 30 years after Season 9's finale, and feature the children (and grandchildren) of this season's contestants!
That may have been news about something else, but I'm going to assume that I heard correctly and confirm it anyway!
I have more good news, which I don't have to re-check, that the Week 1 poll is happening now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/716621.html
For those people looking at the numbers and panicking just a little: Keep in mind that the poll doesn't close until tomorrow night. That means that a lot of people haven't read yet, and most of them probably haven't voted. If you are down, you're not out!
If you are up, that also means you might not be completely safe!
There is a rule in the Amazing Race "don't be last". You don't have to finish with the highest numbers every week. The secret is to not finish with the lowest!
(so much for my reassurance mode)
The best thing to do is if you see an entry that you love, make sure other people know about it! What is it? Why is it so great?
Make your pitch! Do it here, or anywhere else people might be able to read what you are saying! (Just remember to encourage them to actually *read* the entries!! That's really important. It kind of defeats the purpose of getting support if you're not actually gaining readers!)
Something else to keep in mind, and despite how diverse the group is, it's something that often gets lost in the shuffle. A wise man once said, "The world don't move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for you, might not be right for some".
That wisdom has lived on through the ages, and definitely applies here. People are going to have different opinions on "good", "bad" and everything in-between. They are going to have opinions on what came off poorly, and what worked just right.
I know that I've had favorites who "go out early". I can't really do anything about it, because I only have one vote (and I vote for everyone). But you can.
This is your space and your time. "Newbie", "veteran", "real furry blue thing from Alpha Centauri", "person who can't recall if they have ever been here before due to massive head trauma" - you get to decide how this season shapes out. Use that power wisely.