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We Want You To Help Judge Acen Idol Auditions! Ballots MUST be sent to acenidol@gmail.com by APRIL 6, 2008 (12am)!

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:01 PM

Edit: Im sure many of you noticed we were offline for a bit. The reason for this is because we realized we had a few auditions in the spam box O__O We have added these auditions to the end of all the auditions so everything will be a-okay! I have updated all the ballot files, but if you have already begun to fill out your ballot just go ahead and put in the body of the email (not the excel/word/pdf file) what your scores for them was.
i.e: [insert song name] 40, 10,10,10,10 [insert comments]
I do apologize and am so sorry for this inconvenience!

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Okay since many people wanted a chance to help judge and have their opinions count. This year we have decided to give 25% (we must get at least 10 ballots from you guys in order for this decision to count) of the decision to you guys. Let me warn all intending to take part in this beforehand that this process took an average of two hours (last year we had 38 auditions, 30 this year) for each preliminarily judge last year to complete so if you are NOT able to provide that time... I wouldn't do it. Incomplete preliminarily ballots will not be counted. Ballots that have a lot of 1,1,1,1s or 10,10,10,10s will similarly not count. Please take your time to fill out the rubric and leave constructive comments when able.

I know I said I was going to include pictures and bios right off the bat, but I've realized how unfair that would be to the new contestants. Since everyone was invited back this year, the ones that have already participated, or even won, will have an advantage so I've decided that by preventing bias we would make preliminary judging completely blind. The only thing that will be known is the title of the song and the series/movie/drama it comes from. I will post everyone's bios and pictures shortly after the judging session is over on April 6, 2008 (midnight).

Let me warn ALL contestants... If you post any comments saying "Oh that audition is done by so and so..." "Hey I'm the one singing [insert song name]" or anything of that nature... I will eat you at con! Just kidding, but I will be rather unhappy as will the rest of the judging staff and we will figure out some form of proper punishment >:) In the spirit of good sportsmanship, this is your first and last warning.

Let me now warn forum goers in general...If you post any comments saying "Oh wow, whoever sang [insert song name] sucked!" "Wow I think [insert song name] is the best audition" or anything remotely close to that nature where you are singling one audition out or creating a bias for those that haven't judged yet, you will be warned and possibly banned from the forums. Everyone that auditioned has put themselves out there and do not deserve to be belittled by anyone else.

Phew! With that out of the way, we'll discuss how the judging works. There are four scores you will be giving for each audition; one for technique, one for intonation, one for expression, and one for the miscellaneous things not covered in the first three topics. Each of the scores will be from 1-10, 10 being the best. Do not give scores with decimals, it is unnecessary. If you are indecisive, just round your decimal answer up. DO NOT JUDGE ON THE QUALITY OF THE SOUND FILE. Not everyone knows how to properly mix and record with their computer, please do not dock for this. Acen Idol is a singing competition not a let's-see-how-well-you-can-record-an-audition-on-your-computer competition.

A rubric guide will be included to help you give a more accurate score :3 You must provide at least a sentence of comments for each audition, failure to do so will result in your ballot being thrown as it will be deemed incomplete.

Ballot:
Excel Version with Rubric Guide (Preferred)
Word Version (Total adding function doesn't work... we would appreciate if you did your own adding)
Rubric Guide (If for any reason you can't see it on the ballot)
PDF for those of you that absolutely can't get excel or word to work

After you are done filling out the ballot, save it and send it over as an attachment to acenidol@gmail.com labeled Acen Idol Prelim Ballot

To access auditions click here. At the upper right hand corner of the page, right underneath the dark grey box that says "Acen Idol 2008" there is a small play symbol and next to it says "hi-fi," (click "lo-fi" if for some reason "hi-fi" doesn't work i.e. auditions don't play etc etc) click that. Another box should pop up with a playlist of all 30 auditions. I won't know if you listen to each audition all the way through, but to be able to give adequate scores we request that you listen to each audition in its entirety.

Depending on how successful this public judging experiment goes, we may or may not continue this in the future. So please take this privilege seriously. Please complete the rubric in EXCEL, those who don't have excel can use Google Spreadsheets to open and save the file, or open office. If all of that isn't possible, complete it in a text file, but in order to make sure your vote counts and results are posted in a timely manner, please use the excel format.

Feel free to post questions/concerns/etc below!

Thanks Guys!

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:43 PM

Do you know how many people are going to be performing? 20, 15, or 12?
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:03 PM

View PostSpydie, on Apr 2 2008, 03:43 AM, said:

Do you know how many people are going to be performing? 20, 15, or 12?


it'll be 15-20. it is all going to depend on the final scores we get from forum goers and our board of prelim judges :\
sorry i know that is not exactly the most satisfactory answer -.-
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:09 PM

Oh dear. There are a few concerns I have.

The first song is sped up chipmunk style (was it submitted that way? o.O). Another song seems like it's being randomly fast-forwarded. One song does not play at all.

But that aside, everyone did a great job!!
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:23 PM

View PostDeadly Beauty, on Apr 2 2008, 04:09 AM, said:

Oh dear. There are a few concerns I have.

The first song is sped up chipmunk style (was it submitted that way? o.O). Another song seems like it's being randomly fast-forwarded. One song does not play at all.


O_O... that is very bad. that has never happened to me before... is anyone else having that problem? have you tried playing the song again?
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:24 PM

View Postvoni ^__^, on Apr 1 2008, 11:23 PM, said:

O_O... that is very bad. that has never happened to me before... is anyone else having that problem? have you tried playing the song again?

Yeah, I even tried reloading it and playing it again. It's that way. ;_;
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:31 PM

That's weird...

Most of mine loaded fine.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:40 PM

I'll try it in IE, too.

Edit: Gah, still sped up chipmunk style. D:> I want to heeearr iiitt...
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:46 PM

do it in low-fi. i was having the same problem when i listened too
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:52 PM

View PostSpydie, on Apr 1 2008, 11:46 PM, said:

do it in low-fi. i was having the same problem when i listened too

Low-fi? How?
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:00 PM

View PostDeadly Beauty, on Apr 2 2008, 04:52 AM, said:

Low-fi? How?



it is right next to the hi-fi when you click

i did not realize that would make a difference.

are you going to email me back T__T? lol
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:10 PM

View Postvoni ^__^, on Apr 2 2008, 12:00 AM, said:

it is right next to the hi-fi when you click

i did not realize that would make a difference.

are you going to email me back T__T? lol

Oh, there we go. I hear it now with Low-fi. That was strange. x.x
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 12:23 AM

Question - will the auditionees get to see all the comments made for their audition? Or selected comments or something? I like the idea of the ones who make it to the at-con rounds getting some critical feedback to improve their performances and their chances at becoming the true ACen Idol! ^_^

(Or you could keep it a secret whether they'll get the comments or not so people won't be afraid to pull their punches...I wouldn't either way, anonymous does not forgive XDXD But does, I hope, give useful/valid critiques @_@)

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 12:34 AM

View PostAlicorn, on Apr 2 2008, 06:23 AM, said:

Question - will the auditionees get to see all the comments made for their audition? Or selected comments or something? I like the idea of the ones who make it to the at-con rounds getting some critical feedback to improve their performances and their chances at becoming the true ACen Idol! ^_^

(Or you could keep it a secret whether they'll get the comments or not so people won't be afraid to pull their punches...I wouldn't either way, anonymous does not forgive XDXD But does, I hope, give useful/valid critiques @_@)



what i did last year was gather up the comments for the ones that got in because there were just so many auditions and so many critiques >.<
i think i'll do the same thing this year too -.-

everyone should just tell it as it is in their comments. not like "you suck, you'll never get better, shut up, do us all a favor and never sing again" but something that can really be helpful, every little thing makes a difference! you will stay anonymous so no worries :3
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:45 AM

Ooooh! Looks like some good songs were definitely picked by the contestants! :D I can't wait to get home from classes so I can listen!

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 02:33 PM

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 02:37 PM

It'll be really fun to hear my competition! [excited]
But... I'm at school right now. [streaming media is blocked]
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 03:32 PM

Hello! I was just wondering when we'll receive the results of the preliminary judging. Is there a fixed date and will the contestants be notified through email or otherwise? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 04:40 PM

View Postlittlemisszombie, on Apr 2 2008, 04:32 PM, said:

Hello! I was just wondering when we'll receive the results of the preliminary judging. Is there a fixed date and will the contestants be notified through email or otherwise? Thanks in advance.

I believe voni's first post said it'd be April 6?
Kinda soon actually... O.o
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:35 PM

Wow, a lot of these singers are incredible! I can't wait to listen to all often when ACen Idol comes! :]
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:39 PM

View PostJam-Kiske, on Apr 2 2008, 10:40 PM, said:

I believe voni's first post said it'd be April 6?
Kinda soon actually... O.o


we'll tell the people that make it by the 10th or sometime around that. last year people knew if they were singing at con by feb 22nd-ish so we're definitely trying to make up for lost time >.<
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:45 PM

Just started listening at last!
And just by taking a look through the list of songs... there's a large variety!
I'm excited!
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:07 PM

View Postvoni ^__^, on Apr 1 2008, 10:03 PM, said:

it'll be 15-20. it is all going to depend on the final scores we get from forum goers and our board of prelim judges :\
sorry i know that is not exactly the most satisfactory answer -.-


So would you say it probably depends on if the scores have a bimodal distribution?
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:08 PM

I'm so excited its up! I think everyone sounds amazing! I agree a real variety :D

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:33 PM

Everyone is an ACen Idol just for having the courage to go through with the hard work of practicing songs in another language and risking the public pressure. <3


Edit: More auditions in the spam folder? Wow, that makes a total of an even 30 auditions! Good luck, everyone! ^o^; *Nervous.*
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:24 AM

More auditions? Fun, fun!
It'll be even more excitement when I listen to them.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:27 PM

By April 6th midnight, do you mean midnight tonight? Or... midnight tomorrow? D: *needs to send hers in real fast*
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:51 PM

i'm sorry i just realized my mistake... it was 1159pm 4.6.08
i hope everyone got theirs in! we've got quite a few so thanks a bunch to everyone that participated!
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:07 AM

I had fun listening, I hope y'all will be a LITTLE lenient on the time limit because I had the file open half-finished for a few days, and forgot to judge the other half XDXD I realized the deadline was tonight with just enough time to finish it up while still giving each singer the attention he or she deserved - and boy, were there some that were deserving :D

I hate giving perfect scores because if you're perfect there's nothing to aspire to, and I still had to give a few 40/40's ^_^ Good luck, everyone!

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:45 AM

Aw.. man... I didn't realize when the judging was due... -_-; Darn me and my class schedules...
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