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Green Room - Week 4 - Day 4

I hope that I'm not completely boring people with the trips down Idol-memory lane.

I should be doing these closer to the actual anniversary - after all, that's what you do, instead of being several months out from it just rambling.

But I'm more of a rambler and just sort of spout off on whatever is on my mind right now. So it's either this or transgender access to public facilities in the state of Washington (that has me riled up due to some comments by a relative on the subject). I can't recall any good transgender access Idol stories. I'm sure there is one though. There's usually at least one story. (Maybe when I was briefly considering a "men vs women" season but then quickly realized that there weren't many men in the ranks of Idol at the time and I debated telling some female contestants that they would have to change genders. :D)

File this one under "Well intentions gone wrong":

In the first two seasons there were no "bye weeks". However, I didn't want to just eliminate folks for missing a week. So I put them in a separate poll and people voted on which one of them to eliminate. Because I wanted them to have a chance at staying in, and didn't want to get rid of anyone who made the effort of writing something. So that was who left: the person with the fewest "we want to give them another chance" votes.

The fear that rose is that someone could have rode that the very end, and won without actually writing anything. That never happened. It didn't even come close to happening - but the idea came up and I came up with the byes as a way of bridging the gap: giving people who wrote a reason to follow the polls and still giving those people who couldn't get anything in the break that they needed.

Bye weeks came in Season 3 and have been around ever since. Looking back, it seems silly *not* to have it that way. But again, it was just me and a few friends trying to figure out what "this thing" was, and was going to be.

Who knows what the next evolution of the game is going to involve!!

"Teams" is here now, but is it a one-shot experiment, or could it work out into something dynamic and game-changing? That's really in your hands, since it's still a work-in-progress!


I've been reading the topics as they come in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/878746.html and wow, there are some excellent ones already. If you haven't started reading, do so, you definitely won't be disappointed!

The deadline to get the entries in is tonight, so I hope everyone is going to be there and we won't have another bye-out/bye-taking palooza! (and not the urban dictionary definition... unless that's your thing)


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Jan. 8th, 2016 01:48 pm (UTC)
I cried writing my entry this morning. It's cold and rainy and I forgot my coffee creamer at home. But I get to leave work early to go to the chiropractor, and I plan on getting my nails done afterward, so all is not lost. :) Happy Friday, LJI.
Jan. 9th, 2016 01:21 am (UTC)
I just read your entry, and I think the sadness has rubbed off. I hope your day went better this afternoon.
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'll compete as a boy-type person! People usually assume I am one anyway, so I doubt too many who don't already know me would even notice.

I've got most of my entry banged out. Now it's just a matter of writing the rest and then attempting to make the whole thing coherent. That second one's the kicker.

Jan. 8th, 2016 02:51 pm (UTC)
Look at us, not waiting until the last minute to write an entry! Mine is mostly done, too. Just tweaking and stuff.
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Jan. 8th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Good morning my writing comrades. I am waking up after three days of rain. Weird. I am waking up weird. Fabulous dreams of working in the zoo last night. Working in the zoo last night. Dreams. The lion would have bitten me but I climbed the fence. The gorillas were talking. We had a marvelous conversation. I think it was the
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Linked my #$%& yesterday.
That is all.
Jan. 8th, 2016 04:45 pm (UTC)
I mentioned this a couple days ago, a "10 names you should know" from Idol, that morphed into a "10 names that don't get mentioned very often, but should". I realized that while putting it together, that there are a lot more folks who I wanted to mention - but I'm justifying it that they are "too big" (you already know them) or they've been active far too recently.

I almost put onda_bianca on this, but she's still "too big", right? I'm hoping everyone still remembers her. Some of these names were *huge* in their respective seasons...

There's no real "top" to this - just 10 names that popped into my head.

simplysakka / zen_sakka

Those are names that popped up in MY head. What are some of the ones who pop up in yours?

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Jan. 8th, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
I still miss superhappytime.
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Jan. 8th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Drjeff and Similiesslip, but I don't know how to do their names as a tag. I always enjoyed their work.

Happy Friday to those who celebrate!

Jan. 8th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
similieslip is great. Definitely a good choice.

and drjeff is legendary.
Jan. 8th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
I just realized that it was *much* longer since I've read any of lyrical_liessss's stuff than I thought it was!

Jan. 8th, 2016 07:09 pm (UTC)
I've always thought porcelain72 got a bum rap which is why she never returned. IMO a very talented but very underrated writer. I'm so happy she's finally getting an audience elsewhere online.
Jan. 8th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
That was an insane finish to an intense season. I'm really glad that I still get to check in on what she's doing, because she're extremely awesome.

She's definitely high on my "All Star" list.
Jan. 8th, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm finally settling down at work enough after vacation to start being present again. Thank you so much for the extended week three. I feel like my one bye was stretched to equal like three byes. Which makes me think of the song "Bye Bye Bye." Now I wish I'd not brought this up.
Jan. 8th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
This week flew by so quickly, I'm glad I got an entry in before the deadline. I am disappointed that I've dropped from idol so many seasons, and would rather not do so this season. So I'm hanging onto that second bye for dear life right now.

That being said, the children ate tacos and hot dogs tonight, which is total junk food, but I needed to save some time this afternoon to write and edit! A few processed foods never hurt anyone ;) And because I'm a ravenous nursing momma, I ate BOTH the tacos and a hot dog with extra mustard.
Jan. 8th, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC)
Overall I've decided that I personally like teams because it motivates me not to bye-out. I think that because I decided to do the team thing, it will end up getting me eliminated easier than if I didn't do the team thing just because of how voting goes, but that's ok !
Jan. 8th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
I too, am struggling greatly with the team concept. It is inspiring me to push harder because I don't want to let my teammates down, which is rad. But I also think the competition is more likely to kill me sooner over there.
Jan. 8th, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
I really like the memory lane stuff! Hope you keep it coming. The evolution of things is interesting to me!

And, phew, got my entry in. I actually wrote two entries this week and decided the first one, while useful journaling for me, was not good enough for consumption by others (too much whining, maybe? too much pretentiousness, I fear, yes!). So prior comments in the green room about these topics being full of inspiration were maybe made a little too quickly before living with them.
Jan. 9th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
I'm relieved that the deadline was 9, not 8 tonight. My daughter had food poisoning, and has been sick much of this afternoon. So time at my computer was very limited.

I need to see what's going on in the news. I didn't know that transgender access in Washington was in the news.

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