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People share their stories. It’s what we do.

These days a lot of them are told, and shared, on the internet. But at the heart of it, they are still our Campfire Stories.

Which is fortunate, because that was the topic this week!

When they write the tale of this week in the history of LJ Idol, those brave souls who delve into our history remark on what an “interesting” time it was in the blogging world, and how many external factors came into play. More likely than not, they will note that this was one of the turning points on the road toward Gary gaining full control of the world and amassing his armies to sweep across all of space and time.

It all started here, with this week’s entries. So thank you for being a part of that!

Unfortunately, we had two drops, someone saved by a “gift bye” and a sacrifice.


The last two I will let you find on your own. But as for the first bit - we are saying goodbye to two dear friends of Idol. One of them because of running out of byes and the other is vanishing from these parts entirely.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] eeyore_grrl and [livejournal.com profile] sinnamongirl.
And no, I didn’t realize until I just cut and pasted their names into that spot that there was a “theme”. ;)

Thank you so much for coming out for this season and helping to make it special. I hope we will continue to see you around to root for your favorites and to Home Game. (Well, one of you probably will, and I hope that the other finds a way to be comfortable doing that, because you will definitely be missed)

As for the rest of you, we have our usual business, with a not-so-usual twist. This Week is the first week of the Second Chancers joining the main competition, and all *10* of them have a special, one week, immunity. Which should make life a little more interesting…

We will be losing 3 contestants this time around!

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites to stick around!

The poll closes Friday April, 14th at 9pm EDT!

Good luck to everyone!



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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

There are going to be people asking “Where is the new topic for the main competition? Where is the Work Room?”

So I’m going to get right to it without a lot of suspense - they will be coming, once this poll closes!
Why? Because this is the last week of Second Chance Idol, and the five contestants with the most votes will be (re)joining the main competition!

One half move on, and one half fall just short of the goal line.

In order to get everyone back to the same footing - this is what we are concentrating on right now. For a couple days at least. Because the poll will close Thursday, April 6th at 9pm EDT and the next stage of LJ Idol will begin.

So make sure you read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2065643]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

We start off this week’s poll with losing two veterans who ran out of byes. One that I know personally, and the other where it almost feels like I do at times. :)

Goodbye to our friends

[livejournal.com profile] adpaz and[livejournal.com profile] deza

I really hope we will be continuing to see you around, and that you will be joining in on the Home Game!

As for the rest of you, as the field continues to shrink, the bar continues to rise - and if people coming in soon from Second Chance, everyone needs to be on their A-game, or at least getting there quickly!

The poll will close Sunday, April 2nd at 7pm EDT The bottom four will be eliminated.

So make sure to read, comment and vote to keep your favorites in!

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

The Week 3 poll of Second Chance Idol is here.

They are operating without a safety net with one goal in mind - getting back into the game! From what I’ve seen, I think those who survive this are going be stronger than ever when they eventually get back into the main competition.

Did I say “eventually”? I meant that there is a max of two more weeks for Second Chance. It’s getting down to the wire.

5 contestants are going to be leaving us this week. That’s a third of the field.

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Tuesday, March 28th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2065143]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


There’s some really sad “bye-outs” this time. I’m even going to try to pull that punch. There are some really talented people leaving us this week, and some good friends to Idol.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] belenen, [livejournal.com profile] fading_light, [livejournal.com profile] morettaallstar and [livejournal.com profile] xo_kizzy_xo.

Thank you for coming out this season and helping to make it special. I hope we will continue to see you around, rooting for and supporting your favorites - and in the Home Game!

As for the rest of you, in some ways it feels like we have been together for awhile. But in others, for me at least, it’s like the game is still taking shape. I just realized that we are now (as of this poll) breaking the point when we have fewer people than participated in Season 3! And there were a lot of things that ended up happening during the course of Season 3, so I know there’s a lot more to come here! :)

This week was a little extra “Salty”, so I thought it was a good time to pull out a “Community only vote”. You need to be a member of the LJ Idol community in order to cast a vote this time around. But guess what? Anyone can do it! It’s really easy to join the community, and that just means that you will get notifications when a new post happens. Well, if LJ is working properly you will (and if you don’t unclick wherever that box is that asks if you want notifications. I assume it’s still a thing)

Anyway, there will be 4 more contestants leaving us this week.

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites! And tell a friend! Or 3!

The poll closes Thurs, March 23rd at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

The road to get back into the competition is going to be full of surprises, and this week was no exception. Before we even get to the poll, we already are saying goodbye to some old friends and a promising newbie.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] aniron_iorhael, [livejournal.com profile] danceypants04, [livejournal.com profile] n3m3sis43 and [livejournal.com profile] talon

Thank you for coming out for another shot, and I hope we will continue to see you around, and in the Home Game!

As for the rest of you - we will be losing 4 contestants this week, as things intensify!

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites, to continue on their quest! And, of course, tell your friends to do the same!

The poll closes Sunday, March 19th at 7pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2064657]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


Saying goodbye to anyone is tough, but when it’s yet another group of old friends, that’s just a little bit more painful. Unfortunately though, that bottom of “running out of byes and then missing one last deadline” has a way of creeping up on you, and it did for the following folks:

Goodbye to our friends [livejournal.com profile] az_starshine, [livejournal.com profile] majesticarky, [livejournal.com profile] tijuanagringo and [livejournal.com profile] wolfden

Thank you for coming out, and I hope we will see you in the Home Game.

As for the rest of the remaining contestants - there’s a little matter of “the poll” for this week!

It’s long past the “Blue Hour” when I’m posting this, but maybe not for when you are reading it. So these pieces should help set that mood for you.

Remember to read, comment and vote for your favorites! And then tell your friends to come check out what’s going on and do the same!

We will be losing the bottom 3 contestants this week.
The poll closes Tuesday, March 14th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


When you get a second chance in life, that’s when you have to grab ahold and not let go of it.

This is your Second Chance at LJ Idol, so hold on tight over the next couple of weeks.

We’ve gathered folks who were interested in getting another shot at making a run at it. Unfortunately, there were some folks who didn’t get an entry in, even with the deadline being extended.

Which means, before we even post the poll, it’s time to say goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] cheapxdate, [livejournal.com profile] grail76, [livejournal.com profile] kindabrisk, and [livejournal.com profile] yuniebaby

I’m so glad that you came out this season! I hope we will see you in the Home Game!

As for the rest of the pack, we will be losing 3 contestants from their ranks. Each week will continue to shrink the ranks, until it is time for the survivors to re-enter the main competition!

At that point, joy will ring across the land - or terror. One of those things will ring across the land and all shall rejoice…. Some will rejoice… maybe someone could be vaguely pleased… ;)
The poll closes Friday, March 10th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2064261]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


We are losing some dear friends this week - old and new. Real life definitely is the enemy. I hope that those who continue to struggle against it week after week can keep up that fight! It’s worth it in the end, knowing that you go out swinging.

On the other hand, this might be a “good week” to go out because it’s the last chance to get into Second Chance Idol. Hopefully that is what these people are doing! If not, I really hope they are considering it… and even if they decide they can’t, that they continue to stick around to support their favorites, submit entries for the Home Game, and help shape the rest of this season!

So before we get to anything else, goodbye to our Drops:

[livejournal.com profile] goldmourn
[livejournal.com profile] sorchawench


And those who byed-out this week: [livejournal.com profile] copyright1983, [livejournal.com profile] dee_aar2, [livejournal.com profile] ellison (for real this time!), [livejournal.com profile] encrefloue and [livejournal.com profile] uselesstinrelic

You will be missed.

Those sticking with us - You will be hit.

Or some of you will at any rate. The voters will be taking deadly aim at your entries this week and will be taking four of you down!

(Well, one is a sacrifice. But you may already know that)
So make sure to support your favorites: Read, Comment, Vote - and tell your friends to come in and follow that same pattern! They’re bound to find something they love!

The poll closes Monday, March 6th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


There were a few moments when I was trying to recall if there was any precedent for *everyone* missing the deadline. (I decided that although that exact situation hadn’t happened, that there was an rule I could use for the situation. That’s one of the advantages of having a decade to draw from!)
As it turned out though, that wasn’t needed. Idolers, as ever, just like to wait until the last possible second. Maybe it’s because they want to perfect their entries. Or maybe it’s just because they like messing with me. (I know what my guess is).

Unfortunately, [livejournal.com profile] magazhchi ended up missing deadline which means they are leaving us. (Hopefully not for long though, because Second Chance sign-ups are still open! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html)

For those who remain, there are three spots and two of them are moving forward.

The poll will close Feb 28th at 9pm EST so make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2063770]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


This time last week, I was enjoying our first meal as a married couple.

This week? This week I was trying to recover from the heart attack caused by the combination of computer problems and a bunch of nogoodniks who want me to think that no one is going to post their entries, only to swoop in at last minute en masse!

Unfortunately, not everyone made it to the starting gate, and we have some bye-outs, three veterans and a talented newbie. Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] soldevenus, [livejournal.com profile] sonarvampress and [livejournal.com profile] team_jessie.

I really hope we will see you in Second Chance! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

As for the rest of you - what looked like it was going to be a bye-fest ended up being a lot of people fighting really hard to stay in the mix! Which I love seeing. So, thank you for that!

A total of 4 people will be leaving us from Tribe 1 this week. However, spoiler - there are *2* sacrifices in those ranks. So it’s really only a matter of keeping out of the bottom 2.

It’s going to be someone though - so make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

You never know when it’s going to be your vote that is going to make the difference in the poll, or when your comment will make the difference in someone’s day.

Actually, there is something that may well see the light of day this season - something that has been on my work desk for some time mulling over when to unleash it. It’s tentatively on the schedule - it may have something to do with that. Maybe it doesn’t… and maybe I’m just mentioning it to get your heads whirling trying to figure out what might be coming for you….

Right now though, the thing that is coming for you is this poll. Which closes Sunday, Feb 26th at 7pm EST

Good luck to everyone!


Note: [livejournal.com profile] ellison was incorrectly marked as having byed-out. I suspect it had something to do with the timing of my computer issues. My apologies. Her entry can be found at http://ellison.livejournal.com/888948.html and obviously, since she is not in the poll, she is immune from the vote this week, but check out the entry anyway!




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My favorite part of a Write-Off is that it is a spotlight on folks who may have fallen off the radar. There’s no “I didn’t have time to read everyone”. In this case, there are literally three short entries, if you don’t have the time to read them, you probably didn’t have the time to click on the link to see this post! ;)

My least favorite part? That we will be saying goodbye to some of them.

In this particular case, there are three contestants, and only one spot left in the competition for them. Which means two of them need to go… fortunately, the sign-ups for Second Chance have started, so I hope we will see them there. I’ll admit it, I *personally* really hope that we will see them there, because these are three folks I’ve been enjoying reading this season and knowing that two of them are going is only cushioned by that hope.

Who that person is, who will be moving forward, is entirely in YOUR hands. So read the entries and vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Saturday, Feb 18th at 10pm EST

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2063161]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


After a couple weeks with very little in the way of “extra loss” due to bye-outs, unfortunately we have 4 this week. All 4 of them are (again) veterans. I’m really sensing as theme here… vets, I’d start watching your backs in “Real Life”. Apparently, the newbies are coming after you there as well!

I’m hoping they can come back for their revenger in the ranks of Second Chance…

For now though, goodbye to

[livejournal.com profile] emo_snal
[livejournal.com profile] n3m3sis43
[livejournal.com profile] porn_this_way
[livejournal.com profile] spydielives

That last one is really lam… nope, not going to trick me into saying it again! ;)

Lamb. It’s really lamb!

As for the rest of you - because of “certain events” happening next week, this poll is going to be up a little longer. Which, of course, means that it will come at a higher price.

We will be losing the 5 contestants with the fewest votes from Tribe 1.

With the bye-outs, we’ve now officially dipped down below the Top 100. Congratulations, you’ve made it! Now that goal is getting to the Top 75 in one piece. Good luck with that!

The poll closes Thursday, Feb 16th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that I ended up turning down the offer to become the next Supreme Court Justice. There just wasn’t enough time to do that with everything else going on.

So, you’re stuck with me for now.

Which means I’m back to torturing you in true Idol fashion, with a poll!

Before we get to that though, we have a drop to announce. Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] n8tastrophe - thanks for coming out this season. I hope we can see you in the Home Game! False alarm. Please mark him as a bye for this week.

strike>As sad as I am to have to lose someone to Real Life, I’m so pleased to see so many people fighting to stay in this season! That makes me happy… and to celebrate that happiness, we will be losing 4 contestants from Tribe 1!

(spoiler: there’s a sacrifice in there, so it’s 3 spots up for grabs and 1 going that we already know. /spoiler)

I celebrate in strange ways though.

YOU can celebrate though by taking the time to read, comment and vote for your favorites - and then tell a friend. Or two friends. Or 7 friends and a hamster. You don’t know what a hamster might like to read… YOU DON’T KNOW!!!!!!

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the poll will be closing Sunday, Feb 5th at 7pm EST

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


Good evening Idolers!

Just when I think I know what is about to happen next, the competition manages to make a turn.

Which is the theme of the week, so I guess that’s appropriate!

Before we get to the action though, there is some bad news. [livejournal.com profile] kindabrisk, [livejournal.com profile] mirrorfortress and [livejournal.com profile] shanns_ljidol had to drop out this week due to real life.

We also had a bye-out,
[livejournal.com profile] alphaloria

No idea what happened, but I hope everything is OK.

Hopefully things will improve for everyone in time to take part in Second Chances!

[livejournal.com profile] shanns_ljidol dropping means that her opponent in the tie-breaking match, [livejournal.com profile] kbr_shorts, is automatically safe!

As for the rest of you, there is a lot of good reading out there this week!

So please take the time to read, comment and vote for your favorites, and spread the word! The best way to support those favorites is letting your friends know you’ve found something worth their attention!

The 3 with the fewest votes from Tribe 1, will be eliminated.

The poll closes Friday, Jan 27th at 10pm EST.

Good luck to everyone!




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They had 24 hours to write, in order to stay alive in the competition.

Week 5 had ended in a 3-way tie, and the only way to settle it was with the blood of innocents pistols at dawn a good ol’ fashioned Write Off!

Unfortunately, one of them did not make it to the starting line. Which means they are automatically eliminated. Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] thepheenixeyri. Really sorry to be losing you like this.

Thank you for coming out for the season, and I hope we will see you mount a comeback in Second Chances.

As for the two remaining contestants - there is only one spot and two writers who want it!

Which means it comes down to the will of the voters.

Read the entries. Comment. Vote for your favorite(s)!

They wrote these in dire circumstances, and deserve your attention and affection. So go show them some love!

You have until Friday, Jan 20th at 10pm EST to cast your votes and decide who will be staying, and who will be joining the Home Game.

Good luck to both of you!




[Poll #2061556]
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

I love LJ Idol.

It’s not just something I do to pass the time. It’s a passion for me. That’s what keeps me coming back week after week, season after season.

I hope that that love can translate through the series of tubes that make up the intrawebz and infect the rest of you as well.

Because what is happening here is something special, and I hope you are able to see that.

I also have fears though, fears that things won’t go well. Fears that this thing withering and dying.

Why am I mentioning this? Because the topic this week is “Fear is the Heart of Love” and I just mentioned “fear” and “love”, as well as tying it to LJ Idol, which owns a piece of my heart!

Now is the time that you get to take that piece of my heart and decide what is going to happen to it for a week.

It’s voting time, which means that everyone can come in and decide what is going to happen next. Use that power wisely.

Before we get to that though, we have the sad news of the people who have “byed-out”/missed the deadline without having a bye left. There are some newbies, but also some Idol favorites.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] anastoff, [livejournal.com profile] barrelofrain, [livejournal.com profile] belgatherial, [livejournal.com profile] cheapxdate, [livejournal.com profile] cloworora, [livejournal.com profile] diaryofa_mom, [livejournal.com profile] fabrisse, [livejournal.com profile] feritatum, [livejournal.com profile] fourzoas, [livejournal.com profile] harmony83, [livejournal.com profile] l0retta, [livejournal.com profile] opal_owl and [livejournal.com profile] yuniebaby

Thank you for coming out this season, and I hope you are able to take part in Second Chances in the near future!

The two contestants with the fewest votes in Tribe 1 will be eliminated.

The poll closes Wednesday, Jan 18th at 9pm EST.

Good luck to everyone!




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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


It’s Week 4 of LJ Idol, and we aren’t going to where the season is - we are going to where we want it to be!

Wayne Gretzy may have supplied the quote, but our talented group of writers took it from there!

Before we get to the action, there were a some people who “byed-out” of the competition and will be leaving us. [livejournal.com profile] 4go10cheshire, [livejournal.com profile] alexpgp ,[livejournal.com profile] alohaanna ,[livejournal.com profile] crisp_sobriety, [livejournal.com profile] dizzydog, [livejournal.com profile] dreamchaser, [livejournal.com profile] dreamsofspike, [livejournal.com profile] improper_me, [livejournal.com profile] lapis_lazuli615, [livejournal.com profile] lealila, [livejournal.com profile] lemonbloomjones, [livejournal.com profile] ryca, [livejournal.com profile] sherriola, [livejournal.com profile] sra33, [livejournal.com profile] thesammichfox and [livejournal.com profile] tinylegacies

Thank you so much to all of you for coming out this season, and I hope you consider coming back for Second Chances.

As for the rest of you, the two tribes have been switched around, with all the byes this week going into Tribe 2. Which means all the entries this week are in one convenient spot.

The bottom two vote-getters will be eliminated. So make sure to get out and read, comment and vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Tuesday, Jan 10th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!



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I'm not going to lie, going into this week I knew it was going to be brutal in terms of bye-outs, and it was. The following folks have byed-out, meaning that they used up both of their byes, and then missed today's deadline.

Quite a few of them had wrote something for the Week 0 Introduction topic though, and I'll admit, there were some of the newbies that I thought we would be seeing a *really* long time this season.

There's still hope for them to come back via Second Chance, later this season. But for now - yeah, it's brutal.

We are saying goodbye to
[livejournal.com profile] calliemajor; [livejournal.com profile] dubheach; [livejournal.com profile] elbielievable; [livejournal.com profile] emperor_smooth; [livejournal.com profile] ewok_626; [livejournal.com profile] fodschwazzle; [livejournal.com profile] geekmomof2; [livejournal.com profile] gratitude1943; [livejournal.com profile] heatherenchantd; [livejournal.com profile] lespere; [livejournal.com profile] lupinlover; [livejournal.com profile] lyrical_liessss; [livejournal.com profile] muchtooarrogant; [livejournal.com profile] narniarose; [livejournal.com profile] nonhelema; [livejournal.com profile] rsn_studios; [livejournal.com profile] slavezombie; [livejournal.com profile] superhappytime; [livejournal.com profile] tabloidscully; [livejournal.com profile] teresath; [livejournal.com profile] turned_in2_moon; [livejournal.com profile] turnerwolf; [livejournal.com profile] violaconspiracy; [livejournal.com profile] witchwife

But here's the cool thing - this wasn't the entire list of people who could have byed-out this week. There were some who have come to fight the odds and stay in this thing! Which makes me extremely happy to see! Hopefully that will be the case in Week 4 as well - and the number of those who want to fight for their spot in this competition continues to grow.

***

Even with those loses though, the game moves forward - and we lose some more.

This week, it's a CONTESTANT ONLY vote. Meaning you need to be a current (non-eliminated) contestant in order to vote.

Here's how this works:

You read the entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/958277.html Read them, comment on them, tell other people about to them to spread the love and then...

You send me a list (to clauderainsrm@gmail.com) of the names of the folks who wrote your favorites. No limit to how many or few you send. Make sure to identify yourself with your user name so that I can mark it off that you've voted.

You have until Tuesday, Dec 20th at 7pm EST to submit your choices.

We are going to be losing between 2-5 contestants this week. (depending on where the vote separation happens to land).

Good luck to everyone!
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:



We all have “that one friend”, which is why that was the launching point for inspiration this week. It’s something that everyone can relate to, well, those with friends at least. ;)


There are quite a few byes, which is going to make things interesting over the next couple of weeks but the advantage of it, is that it gives everyone a little more time to read!


I’m giving you a little more time anyway.


We will be losing 1 contestant from each tribe. (the ones with the fewest votes - so make sure to read, comment and vote to keep your favorites in this thing!)


The polls close on Thursday, Dec 8th at 9pm EST.


Good luck to everyone!





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