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Cucumberella
post Jan 29 2017, 10:20 PM
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This is something I've been thinking about recently, especially with hosting three contests back-to-back (90 final results / TBO / 91) and when preparing I always wonder what it is that everybody likes most about hosting and making sure to deliver on it.

I think for me my favourite contests are always dictated by a strong, consistent pace as well as good time-keeping so not having results way later / delayed. I also love when you can put trust in the presentation to at least not be too complex / unreadable / busy / full of errors etc.

My fave contest of recent times is definitely the BJSC 75 hosting job, most notably the final results - the red tide, Bré's flawless formatting etc. was just so spot-on and was really, really well done!

What do you like in your contests, what's your favourite BJSCs to date, and what would you like to see that you maybe haven't got to see yet?
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:39 PM
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:40 PM
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the titti beat up gifs were iconic
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:44 PM
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Honestly they don't have to be flashy or full of graphics just very easy to understand and clean! I also enjoy a results show with the voting order being pre-determined (hence why I opted for it when I hosted!) used to love it when Tirren did it back in the day and there was no question I'd do the same when I finally got the chance!

Like Leww said, having a host who sticks to their times they've set out is a real bonus! Doesn't seem to much of an issue nowadays but I remember it so much more from when I first started in BJSC.

I do love a good TWIST also.
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:20 PM
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QUOTE(Klumzee @ Jan 29 2017, 10:44 PM) *
Honestly they don't have to be flashy or full of graphics just very easy to understand and clean! I also enjoy a results show with the voting order being pre-determined (hence why I opted for it when I hosted!) used to love it when Tirren did it back in the day and there was no question I'd do the same when I finally got the chance!


Oh definitely. That and not knowing what order the host has opted for. So many people ask whether it's in order of receipt or not and I don't get it, just let the host set up the show to do the reveal as dramatic as possible. Doing it out of order if the host can manage it is normally better for entertainment's sake as if it's an order of receipt, firstly, people tend to vote in a similar order so you always have the same few people at the beginning and end, secondly and more importantly, if something starts running away with it on an order of receipt show you're pretty sure it'll be set as that result because the host hasn't set it up for something to come out of nowhere. We'd lose the discussion about the 'early country-pop vote' but I'd think we'd LIVE.

Generally I also like the host to show their personality and flair (even if it's not my thing because god knows when/if I host you're getting a show that's all me so that's only fair), add extra commentary if they can and crack a few jokes, always have the song and country names, some beautiful graphics are helpful but aren't the be all and end all, keep a reasonable pace. Not too much to ask.
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:21 PM
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:34 PM
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EFFORT is key for memorable and well received hosting for me. Whether this is going the extra mile for graphics, adding commentary or little quirks like red tide/countryballs/the country GIFs etc. I knew I wouldn't be able to deliver amazing graphics like Leww does so my idea of going the extra mile for my hosting was commentary and making the YT recaps.

I do understand how time consuming just collecting votes is though, so this isn't something I'd expect from every host. At the end of the day, as long as results are clear, double-checked, not delayed for years and done at a decent pace then that's something I'll be happy with. Also as Iz mentioned, the continual inclusion of both country and artist/song name is always helpful for following results too.
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:35 PM
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No scoreboard lockdowns (although the era of people trying to make that a thing looks to have passed now thankfully) but that's more of a pet peeve. In general just easily legible, well paced and on time. Visual spectacle is a nice bonus but it's not really an essential for me.
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:39 PM
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Being Leww or Bré helps.

but yeah, being organised and good presentation* are key. it's quite annoying when song titles are left out of results and also when positions are left out of running results tables.

*doesn't have to be spectacular graphics but easy to follow/read is key
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:42 PM
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awww thanks guys lmao - i always think people just get bored of my contests cos it is just graphics / vote reveal and scoreboard cos i can never be bothered with commentary sad.gif what would u guys like to see from me for when i host again cos lets be honest if its not another contest of my own itll be another tbo
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:47 PM
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Keeping a consistent pace with results and sticking to planned dates (where possible, obviously semi-finals having to be delayed due to late vetoes for example is out of the host's control) is enough to make a good host for me and anything above and beyond that is just an extra, I know it's ridiculously time consuming to host this contest, I only managed to make my contests a bit more 'flashy' because I literally have nothing better to do 90% of the time lmao. There haven't really been many bad hosts.

One specific 'above and beyond' thing that I always love is when people make recaps for the semis, I never expect people to do this because I know first-hand it is a huge amount of effort for questionable payback (as idk how many people actually make use of them), but hats off to Pavel, Dan and Jade for making these during their contests (and anyone else I may be forgetting x), and also even moreso to Iz for slavishly making 20 of them per year for the end-of-year contests.
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post Jan 30 2017, 12:19 AM
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QUOTE(Cucumberella @ Jan 29 2017, 11:42 PM) *
awww thanks guys lmao - i always think people just get bored of my contests cos it is just graphics / vote reveal and scoreboard cos i can never be bothered with commentary sad.gif what would u guys like to see from me for when i host again cos lets be honest if its not another contest of my own itll be another tbo


Nooo, your graphics more than make up for not doing commentary, they sort of do the speaking for you. One or the other works, it's just when people do neither and act like they couldn't be bothered when people notice.

When you host again I don't know, you always have a new graphic style as standard but also like just making it your own contest, however that is, we'll enjoy it.
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