That is what I am looking for when I am taking a look at the vote totals, that perfect place for them to break - to let me know who is in and who is out. That's what happens for contestants when they cast their votes during a Contestant Only vote like this, and it's what happens when I have to sit down and examine what instructions the group has given me and decipher it.
I promised that there would be at least 5 and less than 10. The sacrifice of inteus_mika introduced a bit of a wrinkle into where that line was going to be. For awhile, I thought that it was going to mean fewer people were going to leaving. But as the last few votes came in, it revealed that there were going to be more. (the sacrifice itself didn't have a huge impact on the result this time, it was more from a "watching things unfold")
Ultimately though, being "close" and "out" came down to a single vote.
In the end, that break ended up taking out 9 more - for a total of the maximum of 10.
There are some extremely talented people on this list, and I hope that we will see all of them competing for spots in the Second Chance Gauntlet to get back into the competition! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/901587.html
For now though, it's goodbye and thank you for 11 weeks of awesome entries! I hope that you will come back via Second Chance, but if you are not able to do so, please stick around and Home Game!