I'm also really upset because singing is like...my life right now. I'm in several choirs at school and church (even though I'm not religious) and I take private voice lessons. It really upsets me because I really wanted to showcase the songs that I wanted to sing.
I really wish I could be a judge. *sigh*
xD; I'm actually kind of offended by this. I'm not competing in ACen Idol, nor did I audition, but I did fill out one of the forum judging sheets.
Let me tell you something xD; Filling out that ballot wasn't exactly a walk in the park. It took a lot of effort and a lot of time. More time than a lot of people have to spend, really. You had to go through, listen to every song, then you had to judge every song based on four different categories, and then you had to leave a comment that was at least one sentence long for EVERY entry. I doubt people would go through all of that work just to up that tiny little bit of score for a friend. Especially considering that they were only worth about 25% of the final score. More a suggestion for the judges than anything else, and it's just plain rude to accuse people, all of whom are very, very talented, of cheating in order to get into the top 18.
Also, I would have to say that I agree with the judge's decision to limit it to 18 if there was such a big gap between 18 and 19. It would have been pointless to include the other two performers if they weren't technically up to par with the other singers.
Maybe, instead of complaining and acting haughty and being insulted that you didn't make it, maybe you should ask the judges what it was about your audition that they didn't feel was up to the same level as the other people who did make it in.
[Edit: If you want, PM me, and I'll tell you what it was that I commented on your song.]