I am honored to be your host this afternoon to bring you the real, official, BIG announcement of the Top 13 contestants for Blogger Idol, Season 2. (It's ok, go watch the video first. As long as you promise to come back and read the rest.)
First, a word of caution to the Top 13: During the announcement video last year, I almost had a heart attack. Or overdosed on adrenaline. Or peed my pants. (Maybe all three). And the anxiety and suspense only gets worse from here on out; welcome to the club. But...it IS all worth it.
I want to give a shout out to all the judges. They've worked so hard already, and I know there's much more to come. And a special thank you to Heather Reese (My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream) who is the creator of Blogger Idol. She works harder than just about anyone I know, and I'm pretty sure she never sleeps. She's all about giving back to the blogging community. Blogger Idol is just one (awesome) way that she does that.
We had so many great auditions this year (thank you to everyone who applied!), and I think we've got a great Top 13. As last year's runner up, Justin from Daddy Knows Less said "I'm not surprised by any of the people who made it. What did surprise is me is some of the names that didn't make it. THAT is how good the competition is."
Buckle up: It's going to be a wild, fun and exciting competition. And all of you readers out there, get ready to vote like mad for your favorite. I promise you that every vote matters.
To those of you that didn't make the Top 13, we hope you'll come back next year and audition again. If it had been up to me, we would have picked a top 40 (but Heather tells me the competition would be WAY too long). Seriously, though, so many of you are such talented writers. I think all of the judges would agree that we can't wait to see what's to come from many of you.
For the lucky Top 13, you'll get an email today with more information on what happens next! Welcome, and I can't wait to see which of you will join me as Blogger Idol (I'll even share my tiara...or crown...whatever you want to call it)!