Instead of concentrating on what I *don't* know what to say - I'll focus on what I *do* know what to say...
First and foremost - thank you to everyone who sent emails: The people who wanted to let me know that they supported me, and those who emailed to let me know that they disagreed/were upset with what I said yesterday. Both groups love Idol. They just have different opinions on some things. Which is bound to happen in a group as diverse as ours. In the big picture - It's a really good thing.
I'm just glad when people come to me with things. Regardless of how loudly they are yelling, or how much they are praising (and everything in between). Because it means that although I'm *am* the scary man coming after you... people still know that my door is open and that I'm willing to listen. That's also a really good thing.
The "center of the storm" and I have talked and everything seems fine between us. Which makes me very happy. But I do still want to say something about the fall-out and what it means for going forward. That's what I haven't quite wrapped my head around yet. It's coming though.
It's not something that I'm taking lightly. Hopefully, regardless of where you stand on the issue, you know that much about me.
So anyway, some things that I *can* talk about:
How its not very surprising to find people at odds over a spreadsheet. I said this at the tail end of the last Green Room and I'll repeat it for those who missed it: Controversy over spreadsheets and what collected data actually means and *doesn't mean* isn't new. It's been happening since Season 3 when the first spreadsheets started being assembled and distributed among friends.
There are some people who swear by data collection and think that it is solid and other people who think there's a lot more to it, and that the data will never survive contact with humanity in action. The same is true for those who track voting patterns in general. Knowing that so-and-so had 23 votes doesn't mean much unless you know where the votes came from and how many of them are repeat voters. Heck, there's a lot of information on motivations that even *I* don't have, so I can't even answer things fully about "why did such and such happen" other than to look at what I had and be able to verify that it did! :)
Arguments over spreadsheets and data collection is always good for a few dust-ups and yesterday proved that was still a viable way of getting people talking!
Perhaps there is a SECRET ALLIANCE who is attempting to control the vote, selectively using the information they collect in spreadsheets!!!
(*sits back and watches the comments roll in* Secret alliances are another favorite topic toward the end of a season!)
Some of them may be aliens.
I'm incredibly proud to say that this week's Quick Fire managed to attract 10 out of the remaining 15 contestants! Last week it was 8 out of 17. We're definitely headed in the right direction! I haven't read them yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I know our Judges are as well. They will be giving me their decision tomorrow.
Our Topic though is looking a little lonely: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/826357.html
Hopefully it gets some friends soon!
If you are having any trouble with it - check out the Work Room http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/826776.html for help!