So I’ve come to a decision regarding what’s going to happen to this contest. Thanks so much for all the feedback over the past eight days (I knew I should’ve done this yesterday 😛 ). First, these were the poll results:
- Become an ETSC-like contest: 4 votes
- Change nothing: 4 votes
- Become a worldwide contest: 3 votes
- Other: 1 vote (I’m sorry, but I don’t know who you are)
Based on that, and my gut feeling as the contest manager, I’ve decided that things will need to change around here. Sorry to the four of you that said nothing, but there will be some major changes. This is what’s going to happen.
- We’re moving to an ETSC format. The reason for that is that searching for entries is so much easier when you know your country in advance. Also, from the contests I’ve seen, the only countries that are non-European that have been entered are almost always English-speaking. That’s not to say I don’t trust you guys to not only claim the US, Australia, NZ, etc., but I’ve noticed a deficiency of these kinds of contests, and I think that FdlC will grow better and fill an important gap in ESC-Contest world by doing this. Also since I don’t feel like being picky and saying “No, you can’t use [overused country]!,” while letting obscure countries in, I’m just limiting it to Europe and the Mediterranean (within reason, so no Syria or Iran, basically).
- Individuality will still be encouraged! If, for instance, you’re playing with Italy but know a fantastic Polish song by an artist with Italian connections (but is still mainly Polish), every five editions, you’ll be allowed to send an entry that “breaks the rules.” However, this’ll only happen every five editions, so if you claim Spain for FdlC 4 and send a German-Spanish artist, you’ll have to send rule-abiding Spanish artists for FdlCs 5-8 and then you’ll have the same relaxed privileges for and after FdlC 9.
- Every fifth edition starting with FdlC 5 will be a special edition with a rule like those from FdlC 1-3. The first two rules will be disregarded and the current rules will return, along with the edition specific rule. When FdlC 4 starts, a poll will open up and you’ll be able to pick what you want.
- I can’t tell you to have a view limit on your songs. That’s too picky for my taste, and if you really want to send a song, I want you to be able to send it. However, I’m instituting an age limit, because I do want the contest to remain musically timely. Like all new rules, though, this will be able to disappear for a special edition, so be ready for that. From FdlC 4 on, every song you send will have to have been released after 1 January 2006 (when I was 10, if you’re curious for my reasoning).
- The calendar will change a bit. The sign up period will remain one week long, however, the period for song submission will extend to two weeks. This is because, if you want, you can hold “national selections” that I’ll help you organize. Also, I can help you find resources that you can use to find an entry. Then, the voting period will shrink to one week for contests that don’t need semi-finals. For those contests, the semis will get their own week-long voting period. A lot of you complained about that, and frankly, I don’t know why it’s a big deal, but I’m doing a lot of what I want, so I wanted to give you guys something. Finally, there will be a week-long break in between editions, just so everyone can cool off. This’ll make every edition last for between five and six weeks, which seems like a fair amount of time.
The rules page will be updated soon and, I’m going to start an archiving project, so we can all track our progress over time with our new countries. 🙂 If you disagree with any of these rules, please don’t hesitate to make suggestions or ask questions. All I ask of you is that you do so in a pleasant manner and don’t get at each other. I’m truly grateful that you’re all so eager to help me make Fête de la Chanson even better, and I think that we’re moving in the right direction now.