As we all know, things got a little heated during the last few editions over the inclusion of semi-finals in Fête de la Chanson, to the point where Nick and I considered closing the contest permanently. Well, while Nick has decided to take a step away from the contest (Don’t worry, he’ll be around and doing some behind-the-scenes stuff, but I’ll be the only one hosting editions for the foreseeable future. More on this later.), I have received his blessing to continue to host future editions of the contest. While we’re hammering out the details for the March/April edition of FdlC, we do want to take care of the issue of semi-finals and participation.
Namely, we have decided to run a poll about which of the following options you feel would be better suited for the contest. I want to start this by saying that there is not an option to do this ETSC-style. There will not be a big final with an unlimited number of contestants. The following two options are options that we believe are manageable for a large continuously-running competition and will provide enjoyment to the competitors.
The first option is a contest that only has a final but that has a rather limited number of slots available. This edition would consist of editions that were only finals, but we would cap the number of participants in the contest as 32 people. Some may ask, “Why 32 people?” The answer is that this allows for the two hosts to participate without taking any of the 30 spots we would normally grant for a final. In other words, this is to be as inclusive as possible without being overwhelming in the number of songs competing or workload for Patrick. The spots would be open in a first-come/first-serve basis. The only spots reserved would be for Patrick, Nick, and the winner of the previous edition. Everybody else would have to race to claim a spot in the final before spots ran out.
The second option is to continue with the semi-final system we have in place, discussing tweaks and small changes to make the system work better in the future. This would allow for a maximum of fifty competitors (which I’ve frankly rarely seen a contest surpass), so it would allow for everybody to participate, even if participation in the contest were to expand dramatically from where it currently stands. If this option is chosen, further discussion would follow on how to best implement the semi-final system fairly and enjoyably.
The poll is below. Note, I have the results set to hidden because I don’t want knowledge of the current standings in the poll to influence participation. However, if many of you believe the results should be open during the voting: 1) I’d question why you feel the need to question my honesty, and 2) I’d make the results visible. The poll is open until the end of March 11th, so I’ve given you plenty of time to decide.