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With all of that said, following some further insights as to how I judge entries, let’s get on with it, shall we?
As one of the esteemed Open Mic judges, it is my job to come up with (or “curate” as it were) a short-list of my top 5 entrants each week. With all of the great talent here, that is by no means an easy task. Sure, tossing in another 5 honorable mentions helps, but not when my weekly list starts out with 100 or more of my favorite entries... You guy's rock - I'm tellin ya!
Yes, I am a Libra – so I have an inherent drive deep within me to be fair and balanced – good qualities for a “judge” if you ask me. That being said, I’m still human – filled with emotion and subjective feelings – just like you. So, in order to mitigate my subjective tendencies to the best extent possible, I’ve come up with a method by which to narrow down my selections in a more objective vs. arbitrary manner.
Here’s how I go about my personal judging process: I first start out with a list of 100 or more of my most favorite entries for the week, and score them (yes, subjectively) in six distinct categories via a spreadsheet. The categories I’ve selected for scoring are in general harmony with those explained by @luzcypher in his post titled How We Pick The Top 3 Entries, referencing such.
To get a more in-depth perspective as to how I personally go about selecting my artists, please refer to What I go through as an Open-Mic Judge.
Even though it’s still a “subjective” process – diligently going through each scoring category to come up with a “total” score for each entrant helps to minimize any overzealous subjectivity that I may harbor with respect to any specific entrants.
Quite often, this exercise doesn’t give me the exact results I would personally prefer to see – but that only means that my system of judging is working as intended and designed. With all of that said, here are...
My Top-5 Picks in Order
Maria is on fire! This week she takes my top spot with a wonderful rendition of “Quedate.”
Monica and Abel grab my number two spot for a second week in a row with t his awesome cover!
Esther and her partner did an incredible job covering this Roberta Flack Classic!
K0W sure hooked us up with a fine cover here… Check him out!
In my top five for a second consecutive week, Diana crushed it again with this awesome vocal cover of “Hurt.”
My Top-5 Honorable Mentions in Order:
Second: @abelfernandez – Incondicional - (Original)
Third: @trilumia – Cabide - (Cover)
Fifth: @davidcentenor – Te Bote - (Cover)
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A Very Special Shout Out To:
The following artists who were very much on my radar, each within a splitting hair of making it into my overall top-10, and whose performances I loved, cherish and respect most assuredly. This special list is very much an extension of my most honorable mentions.
They are - in no particular order:
@ingridkorneelia, @sthela04, @alejandra23, @carlosrada, @yetxuni, @addiesworld, @wilins, @steemmatt, @tfeldman, @lk666, @rodrigo98, @yisusgtr, @enriquesalgadoc, @natvegas, @benjaminmora, @edwardstobia, @leomolina, @mayneth, @miguelblanco, and @elisonr13!
Much love and thanks to each and every one of you who have touched a part of my heart and soul - not only this week but forever!