One of them is I thought there was such a great deal of potential in the topic idea - and a lot of potentially fascinating paths to take with it.
The other is that it's a brand new idea that I am running with.
Which is something that came up this week.
I was asked, by a few people, about the rules of "What is allowed for an entry" when it comes to re-using old/pre-existing material.
Now, we've had this come up before - with people wanting to rework an old entry and after thinking about it, I realized that there really isn't any way for us to KNOW that you had done it, unless we happened to be familiar with every single piece of your work. Which wasn't likely.
On the other hand, knowing that everyone else was working their butt off to produce new work - the fact that the person doing it would *know* that they hadn't put in the effort, that would be enough to make them want to do the same.
That self-policing has worked for 8 seasons plus two mini seasons. Never really became a problem. People would rework something, but they would make sure that enough effort was put into it that it became something new or at very least improved it to the point that it was noticeable. (usually proving side by side examples)
Last week we had a case of someone simply re-posting something from a few years ago.
Based on the rules, as they stand, it's OK. Because of what I just said.
But based on the emails I've received, I'm not the only one who thinks that it's not cool.
Granted, I have a different take. Those people who contacted me think it's cheating the system by not working as hard as everyone else.
I think it's cheating yourself out of the experience.
No one is in trouble, and I'm certainly not going to go around pointing fingers. NOR SHOULD ANY OF YOU. Because nothing wrong was done. Or, if it was, it wasn't on purpose...
BUT I want to make sure everyone is on the same page with this. Part of the experience of Idol is producing something new every week. (Like I did with the topic! See, it all ties together)
It's something that I love seeing, and I hope that you feel the same way.
So, what ideas do you have for the topic?