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Green Room - Week 1 - Day 1

Good morning Idolers!

Welcome, officially, to Friends and Rivals!

A special thank you to our friends at Zen Creative https://www.facebook.com/zencreative/?fref=ts for our new look for the mini-season. Check them out for all of your graphic needs!


The sign-up sheet is going to be open until 8pm EST tonight so if you have been on the fence, now is the time to jump into the fray!


As most of you know, this season has two ways to play:  Teams or as individuals.    In other words, if you want to play the "normal Idol way" you can absolutely do it that way! If however, you want to change it up, you can form a team:

So here is a “fast break-down”:
You can compete as either a team or as individuals.  There will be two sections of the poll each week. At least one contestant from each will be eliminated.
From the individuals, it will be the usual.
From the teams – Teams can be 3-5 individuals.  You must send me a list of those members (send to
clauderainsrm@gmail.com)  24 hours *before* the deadline for the first poll.   Yes, you can name your own teams. :D
If your team drops below 3 members, it is dissolved and all members become individuals for at least one round.  After which, they can join another team – or form a new one – as long as you notify me within 24 hours of the topic deadline.
Every member will write an entry.  Every member will be in a poll.  The scores in the team section will be averaged. The team with the lowest score will be subject to elimination… I say “subject to elimination”, but for those of you familiar with Survivor: You have lost the immunity challenge and must go to tribal council.  The person with the lowest total of votes will be elimination.  If it’s a tie – well, I have a plan for that.  You’ll see. You won’t like it. Don’t end  up with a tie.  : )

The team sections will continue until there is only one team left, OR the Top 25, whichever comes first.
If you know American football, you know about bye-weeks. If you don’t, and have never heard the term
before: You get the week off.

In terms of Idol, it’s a week where you don’t have to write anything and won’t be eliminated because of
Friends and Rivals has two bye weeks per contestant that you can take at any time between the start of the season and the Top 20!
Here’s the kicker though – Teams can elect to *pull their byes into a pool*, meaning that any member of the team can use those weeks as needed. Once the team is disbanded, the remaining byes are split between the surviving members.  If one of those members joins a new team – who elects to pool their byes, all of their byes will go into that new pool!

One thing that was introduced in Season 9 – for individuals – is the ability to give another contestant one or more of your byes. That will continue to be a thing.
In both of these cases though, once you are out of byes – and you miss a week’s topic,  you are
So try to save them for emergencies.


That was a slightly modified version of what I posted in the FAQs.
However, there are a couple more instructions:

For your team, I will need you to select ONE PERSON who is charged for speaking for your team.  And by speaking, I mean emailing the information to me.  I want to make sure that I don't have 4 or 5 different people emailing me about the same exact thing.  If you think "Maybe they will forget to tell Gary", then they are probably not the right choice.

They need to email at clauderainsrm@gmail.com -  not the rocketmail address. Not on FB. Not on LJ.   (I will see them elsewhere, but I want to keep all the information in one place)

The email should include:
- Team members
- Team name (if you have one)
- If you are pooling your byes
Email me at least 24 hours before the Topic 1 deadline (Topic 1 is being posted later today)


If you are still looking for a group - post here in the Green Room. Maybe someone else is looking for one as well!


Excuse me while I go back to get some more rest.  This "strep-thing" is kicking my ass. 


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Dec. 1st, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yay, week one!

Dec. 1st, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! *Opens up the cookie jar to celebrate*...*Passes on some cookies*
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
I am open to teaming..sounds like FUN..but then have a totally different time zone which could hamper my team-spirit..:P Let's see where it leads..:) Eagerly waiting for the game to begin..*Rubs her hands*
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
For anyone who's staggered half-drunk and near-blind out of #NaNoWrimo and right into Idol: coffee's brewing right here. Also, Advil or your local generic equivalent.

(I keep telling myself that writing 63,000 words last month was a suitable enough warm-up for Idol, but the sinking feeling in my gut tells me, "You know nothing, the_lettersea.")
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
I nano'd so poorly and now here's idol. It might be time to upgrade to redbull.
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Dec. 1st, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
G, strep ain't no joke. Get yourself into the bed and stay there.
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
I made brownies... yes they're special. No there's never a bad time for those. Okay maybe there is... but whatever.

I'm still not skivvy on this team thing. I mean in LIFE I'm on teams and people trust me to take lead, cause when things need to happen I make them happen or I try or sometimes I slack off but the other people won't even do the work at all so it's all good. I'm a ramblin' man, words come as they can, the sky is gray, my knees ache. Lets all just get this party started.

Oh and anyone wants me on a team, you can beg and barter. Let's see what you got. Who can match this realm of absurd?
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to join myself, alycewilson and banyangirl1832 on team "We Don't Know What We're Doing".
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Dec. 1st, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
We just finished moving so you'll understand what I mean when I say:

Thank GOD week 0.5 wasn't mandatory but I finally have wireless internet at home and clean clothes to wear.
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh man I was really hoping that you'd just continue on with these .5 topics until the new year! Imma have to use a bye early as I'm going on a trip to Cambodia/Vietnam : ). Normally it'd be two byes, but I'm pretty sure around the holidays there will be another optional topic (DON'T DO ANYTHING UNPREDICTABLE , GARY!).
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
I was totally thinking the same thing. I'm like "but the holidays? Bah" lol
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
I feel we are linked, Gary, but illness. Please get well soon so I can get well soon. ;)
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
Here we go! And today I just signed up for a new course... just because I don't have enough to do!

Gary, please take it easy on us for a few weeks. Pleeease? :-P
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Here we go again! :)

Anyone read any of the "giving of thanks" pieces that they want to give a shout out to? orockthro's has stuck with me, it's brilliant.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
*waits with poised fingertips for the first topic to be posted*

Question for everybody: typically, have entries that are all linked in the same world/story been successful? Obviously they'd have to work as stand-alone pieces too, but I'm considering using Idol to keep plugging away at my NaNo novel, and that would call for a bit of a continuum.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
There was an Idoler a couple of seasons ago who was concentrating on a particular history of a city in her entries. After Idol she compiled them into a book. Each piece stood alone but you could tell each was also a part of a bigger whole. IIRC she did fairly well here.
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Dec. 1st, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ack, I hate this dreary cold weather. I come home from work and that's basically it because I lose any motivation to do anything constructive :p

I also have the sniffles and a scratchy throat. I'm blaming Gary, who I hope is resting right now.
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
Greetings fellow Idol heads,

My name, as you can see, is Impoetry. That's not really my name, so I've already started this address with faulty information. My name is Brian, but if you'd like, you can call me Brian.

I am an idol vet, and actually have travelled in time to compete in future Idols. For your satisfaction, it might be nice to know that I'm improving in the game as time passes.

Which brings me to the point of this post. I, friends, and team-less. If you are looking for an incredibly clever and medium strength team member, feel free to consider me.

If not, best of luck, and I'll see you in the trenches,

Phil (ending with a lie as well)
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
Want to join our team? Welcome back, by the way.
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Dec. 1st, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm part of a team of three. Would anyone be interested in growing that team to four or five?
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
I'd be happy to be on your team, if that works for you guys! :)

Edited at 2015-12-02 04:28 am (UTC)
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Dec. 1st, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm up for a team. =)
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