I don't see why this thread isn't in the "Special Events" board, the description for which specifically says "for events like...ACen Idol." This would have been very helpful to know.
I sort of understand why the signup was for March 30th, but for me (because I didn't have any clue where to find this information until I saw today that someone on Special Events linked here about it), I couldn't have possibly known in time. Better/more organization/advertisement for that would be much appreciated next time.
I don't quite understand why ACen Idol is required to be East Asian music. I know that it's supposed to be a convention celebrating otaku-ism, which is based on mostly favor towards Japanese culture, but why no English music? I just plain don't have any (legal) access to Japanese music that I could identify in any way (my only access is though iTunes podcasts that have obscure names for titles and artists, plus I can't read or even remotely understand Japanese). iTunes doesn't allow access to the Japanese music store and the anime section is crap, and I don't have access to any other viable (legal) music stores. You're automatically eliminating anyone like me who might be interested in doing this, and while I don't exactly know how many people that is, it does make me feel rather singled-out. You can argue "this is the way it's always been" but I haven't been here before so I can't be expected to know that.
I'm not asking that you change the whole system for one slightly dissatisfied customer (wouldn't expect that of anyone) so much as I'd like it to be a little clearer, instead of the thread miscategorized and not enough broadcasting of the news. I wanted so much to be in this that I was going to miss out on the SSBB tournament (which I have no chance of winning anyway) to participate, but since it's obviously too late, and because I wouldn't have a chance with my pathetic knowledge of Japanese language/music anyway, it looks like I'll be playing Brawl anyway. PLEASE be clearer with this next time.
Actually the very first year of ACen Idol we allowed one (and only one!) english song for the competition, however, miscommunication of rules led to people singing more than one english song. In most cases we would have disqualified these people for not following the rules, but just decided that for the following year, in order to avoid these types of situations, all the songs would be East Asian languages.
The reason we chose East Asian languages is because when watching Anime, most people choose to watch it in Japanese. The themes and endings of the songs are in Japanese (even on Adult Swim). Very rarely are there English versions of Anime shows, nor do the Americans choose to take the time to dub the songs. It just seemed like the logical choice.
I thought Japan had launched an ITunes in 2005. I've never used Itunes before so I can't say I'm exactly sure how the whole process works and can't offer much insight on that. However if you wanted, you could buy the music from YesAsia.com?
Lastly, sorry about all the miscommunication. ACen Idol almost didn't happen this year due to poor planning. I was asked last minute to take over and pull the event together. I was completely unaware that people were looking at Special Events for updates on the event, if I had known I definitely would have put a notice to direct people over to Panel Programming. I apologize again for all the confusion!