14Jan/17

Kendra Ray: Divorce from wife after 29 years was “a decision for the future”

After going through a divorce with my wife Mollie, I explored and reviewed what my options were as a moderator on Vote for the Girls, but I’ve ultimately decided that inviting a girl from Omaha, Nebraska (Hannah Wilson) was the smart play. My 29-year marriage with Mollie was a “one-way irreconcilable differences” divorce that didn’t work after relocating from Iowa to Indiana in 2014.

While many over at CBS 41 wondered why I was not anchoring the weekend morning newscast with Kymberly Alvaraz for the past three weeks and the fact that Rachael Passalt, Luka Runecraft, and Bria Savage (formerly Tavon Savage) had filled in while I went on vacation during the Christmas break.

I had a choice for my future and during the Christmas holiday I started to date a former intern named Hannah Wilson I worked with while in Iowa. It was “a decision for Hannah’s future and for Iowa.”

As of Friday, I am in a relationship with Hannah and Hannah will be joining me on the Pink Team West as a duo moderator known as “Hannah & Kendra.”

“I’m so so excited to have this opportunity to be a pink team moderator and in a relationship with Kendra,” said Hannah.

Hannah Wilson also noted that I am an Iowa Hawkeyes fan and she is a University of Nebraska fan, as well as being fans of the Kansas City Chiefs.

My former colleague and co-anchor in Des Moines, Lynda Donalds, said I am one of the few transwomen in the country that “own the State of Iowa” – that is, dominate Iowa.

“Because Kendra’s got such a strong fanbase share in almost every category, she can afford to tell Mollie… to go take a walk,” she said.

“Hannah Wilson, obviously as a bisexual woman, would be an idiot not to jump off of her now ex-boyfriend and enter into a long-term relationship with Hannah,” Donalds added. “It’s a win-win for the former intern from Omaha.”

The long-term relationships between transgender women and biological bisexual women (as a lesbian relationship following the transwoman’s transition from male to female) or a man and woman have become strained in the past – specifically as the biological bisexual women (such as current Vote for the Girls purple team moderators Thia Tola, Nadia Lorenzo, and Kymberly Alvaraz) have sought to ratchet payments they make their spouse(s) or boyfriend (Thia’s ex-boyfriend Channarong Ling, an unnamed ex-boyfriend of Nadia Lorenzo, and Kymberly’s ex-husband, Dan Alvaraz) to continue the marriage or relationship – in some cases even demanding that the woman pay or contribute.

Wilson, told me on the first date on December 26, that Wilson’s now ex-boyfriend’s proposal for continuing the relationship was one-sided.

“A Relationship Agreement contract tells a story. It defines a relationship or a marriage,” Vote for the Girls webmaster and founder, Ava Zinn commented. “There wasn’t any way that I could consider the previous agreements I had with Amanda (Davidson), Elisa (Everman), Angie (Willis), and Christy (Johnson) a partnership and are automatically sex partners. It was a one-way, ‘this is how relationships and marriages work for me since 1993.’”

The “tone and thrust” of the boyfriend’s proposal, Wilson said, “was: Here’s the Relationship Agreement. You (to Hannah) pay for it. You run the relationship. You sleep with me (to the boyfriend) and have on a regular basis. That’s the deal.”

By contrast, Wilson said, I subscribed to the notion that “Kendra and Hannah are this together and we’re going to make this work.”

Ava Zinn said Long-Term Relationship Agreements and Pre-Marriage Agreements are a significant move.

“I’m sure that Kendra doesn’t make that decision without a lot of thought,” said Zinn, who herself stressed that she had no inside knowledge about the reasons behind my decision. “Break-up and divorce create disruption, and that can be bad for your reputation.”

Zinn herself had auctioned off her virginity to Kymberly Alvaraz in 2014 after Zinn followed through on her threat if a girl did not win the 13th season of American Idol and/or the sixth season of The Voice after Ellona Santiago was eliminated on December 5, 2013. Two have followed in Zinn’s footsteps as Peta-Alyce Kaizer and Natasha Gower, respectively auctioned off their virginities to Nadia Lorenzo and Thia Tola after their respective picks in the United Kingdom and Australia did not win The Voice. As a consequence, Lorenzo and Tola were the highest bidder in the virginity auctions of to the highest female bidders of the respective virginity auctions of Kaizer (after Tash Lockart finished third place on the fifth season of The Voice Australia) and Gower (after Lydia Lucy and Cody Frost did not receive enough votes receive enough votes on the fifth season finale of The Voice UK.) These virginity auctions resulted in Alvaraz, Lorenzo, and Tola to move from the pink to purple team. Additionally, Lanise White and Karly Jameson also moved from the pink to purple team after White reached a long-term relationship with Danni McClannahan (shortly after The Voice 9 finale) and Karly Jameson was already married to Kathi Jameson.

So, welcome Hannah Wilson to the moderator panel.

13Jan/17

Archibald Coolranch to retire at the end of ninth season

Vote for the Girls USA is about to go through a huge change in the fall 2019 pending the renewals of Dancing with the Stars and The Voice as Archibald Coolranch has decided to step down at the end of the ninth season in May 2018.

The forthcoming season of Vote for the Girls will be Archibald Coolranch’s final year on the Zinn’s Villain panel as today he announces that he is stepping down from his role as Head Villain. Coolranch has been Head Villain on VFTG since its debut on April 28, 2010

Archibald Coolranch says: “In 2010, I was asked to take part in a brand new endeavor, and who would have thought me, old Archibald Coolranch, would still be part of this amazing series nearly 10 years on. This adventure began when I was in my 70s and now that I’ve reached 80, I’ve decided after 2018, it’s time to hand the role of Head Villain to someone else. It is an honor being part of the wonderful venue and I’m looking forward to my last season very much and to whatever comes next.”

Ava Zinn, Vote for the Girls founder, host and webmaster, says: “After 8 years, our Head Villain Archibald has decided it’s time to hang up his Zinn’s Villain shoes! I know we are all going to miss him tremendously, but I also know Archibald’s final season is going to be full of unmissable moments and I hope fans and audiences will give him the special send-off he deserves.”

Zinn added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Holly (Everman), myself, our moderator panelists (except Tracia & Hillary), and villains are all returning for another year. Although we will be sad to say goodbye to Archibald, as our way of saying thank you, we are all determined to make the ninth the most spectacular and entertaining yet.”

Talking to Kathy Finkelmyre on The Kathy Finkelmyre Show, he clarified rumors as a potential successor, saying it was more about having a “villainy person” there.

Coolranch added: “What I said was this: I’m 80 now, come to next two years I’ll be 82 obviously, and what I said was ‘a good successor’ – Luka, Glenn, Ted Shields – and for me, what I was trying to say is, it’d be good if it was somebody whose roots were fans of American Idol male contestants.

He recently praised fellow villain Bria Savage (formerly Tavon Savage) about Savage’s gender transition, and hit back at pink team moderators Sophia Williams and Maci Blanca, after viewers claimed Williams and Blanca had unfairly used two flex picks on Josh Gallagher and The Voice 11 winner Sundance Head and taking those picks away from Savage and her boyfriend, Devin Martin.

He said he was also surprised about the flex picks on The Voice 11, but stressed that Ava made the right call and as moderators and villains, judged solely on the performances done on that night.

He explained: “It’s nothing to do with the Moderators’ Save, or who you think would win it all in the finale, it is just about that one performance.

“And as far as I was concerned – and Jacqui (Fountaine) and Glenn (Swaringen) – we thought Ali (Caldwell) didn’t go wrong, it was beautifully performed that night, so there you have it … The viewers, Sophia & Maci spoke.”

Earlier this season, Coolranch’s seven season winning villain streak came to an end on August 27, 2016 and was finally dethroned after becoming the winningest villain  in this site’s history. Bria Savage (then Tavon Savage), eventually nosed out Coolranch as the winning villain as her America’s Got Talent 11 pick Grace VanderWaal was declared the winner. Coolranch’s six season AGT streak brought him a lot of rewards, since Vote for the Girls began in 2010.

The soon-to-be transwoman from Little Rock, Arkansas who beat record-setting “Vote for the Girls USA” winning villain also appeared on “The Karly Jameson Show,” hosted by VFTG moderator Karly Jameson.

But, Savage told Karly Jameson, as she recalled. “When it happened, they said, ‘This is amazing and huge. I told my boyfriend and my daughter and that’s it.

Savage says it was “the most surreal feeling” beating Coolranch. “I was stunned,” she admits.

She notes that the power of positive thinking and good decision making was a big help. “A lot of (other villains or moderators) lost before the live shows began. When they saw Archibald, they said, ‘I’m playing for second.’ But I said, ‘Somebody is going to beat him; it might as well be me.”

Coolranch, who became a celebrity during his run, was able to joke about the elimination of Julia Scotti on “The Kathy Finkelmyre Show” Friday night.

 

“I’ve got my daughters, so, I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life. And it was decided that VFTG USA went… I’m doing the spring cycle when I go out there for one more season… and it’ll be my last one.”

Coolranch added: “Vote for the Girls – the year after I retire their 10th year, it’s the 10th season of the show. So I think that’s a nice place to stop.”

22Dec/16

Tavon Savage announces gender change, will go by Bria Savage

FORT WAYNE, Ind., LITTLE ROCK, Ark., and BALTIMORE, Mar. (December 22, 2016) – Zinn’s Villain panelist Tavon Savage announced Thursday a personal change and gives the Vote for the Girls USA its very first M2F and F2M duo moderator of Savage and Savage’s boyfriend, Devin Martin. Savage will transition from male and begin living as a female on July 1, 2017 and will be known as Bria Savage .

“The fact of the matter is, I’m sorry we needed to inform my family in Arkansas that I’ve been in a relationship with a transman,” said Savage. “Being in a gay relationship with another man born a woman was just no longer compatible with my long-term success for my career advancement. As a result, I felt I needed to make this decision. It was not an easy decision. (It came down to) what I feel is best positioned for my life, my sexuality, and my career.”

One of the factors spurring the Savage’s gender switch to female was both third place finishes of both the late Christina Grimmie on The Voice 6  and We McDonald on The Voice 11 in which both were the last females in the respective finales. Grimmie’s third place finish behind runner-up Jake Worthington and the INFAMOUS Josh Kaufman did play a part in what has to be one of the most controversial moments in this site’s history with the most brutal punishments in this site’s history as well as the spouses/significant others of current Vote for the Girls moderators Kymberly Alvaraz moved from Dan Alvaraz to Ava Zinn (as Zinn auctioned off her male virginity to Alvaraz in May 2014); Perri Johnson moved from Mick Sill to Holly Everman (as Everman paid Johnson for a long-term relationship in May 2015); and shortly before Leonard Lai’s death in October 2015,  what was then known as Daniel McClannahan (now Danni McClannahan) switched her spouse from Lai to Lanise White for similar reasons, although Lai was a transman and McClannahan is now a transwoman.

“There’s nothing more valuable to Vote for the Girls and to NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations staff with both a transgendered man and a transgender woman, and on Vote for the Girls, Bria and Devin wlll make a great duo moderator as they were a great duo villain on Vote for the Girls,” said Kymberly Alvaraz, purple team moderator . “We’re very pleased that Bria Savage and Devin Martin bring the full value that Vote for the Girls brings to Arkansas and Maryland.”

The moderator panelists feels we’re getting beachfront property with both a transman and a transwoman, said Lanise White, in an interview Thursday morning. “Devin Martin is without doubt one of the most powerful and highly successful transmen on Vote for the Girls,” said White. The executive said NBC had no dealings with WRAL until after the station’s talks with CBS had come to a close.

“If they come to you,” Alvaraz said, “you take that meeting.”

16Dec/16

Sophia & Maci’s Moderator Comeback Picks and Hall of Fame Nominees

As a two-time winning moderator that won The Voice 11 and Dancing with the Stars 23, Maci and I will cut the bulls#!t and flat out state our Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame nominees and why.

  1. Erika Van Pelt (American Idol 11): The second fellow Rhode Islander Billy Gilman advanced to the semi finals of The Voice 11, Erika Van Pelt immediately became my first nominee. Ava Zinn was fourtunate to have met EVP in person at the same Pittsburgh audition venue when the lovely Ava herself auditioned for American Idol 11. I was traveling from Montreal to Italy and back for Vota Feminilli (Vote for the Girls Italy) but I heard Erika could’ve went further than 10th place.
  2. Billy Gillman (The Voice 11): Billy Gilman met the same fate Adam Lambert from American Idol 8. Like Lambert, Gilman is LGBT–likely a key audience on Vote for the Girls. I’m not 100 percent certain, but Ava will correct me if I’m wrong. In The Voice 11 finale, he was great as was We McDonald (who got the Moderators’ Save upon her third place finish). Many people thought Billy or even We would win, but the VFTG models based on iTunes model proved otherwise.
    Had Maci and I not use a Flex Pick on Gilman or The Voice 11 winner Sundance Head, this would have been the second time (third counting DaNica Shirey’s eliminaton) in VFTG history a double VFTG Loss has happened on The Voice.
  3. Josh Gallagher (The Voice 11): No reason other than the fact Maci wanted to use a flex pick to take this pick away from Tavon & Devin. When I was a villain on the Dave Della Terza version of Vote for the Worst, the same Sundance Head was actually a VFTW pick on American Idol 6 ten years ago and that was when I knew I had to use a flex pick.
  4. Samantha Johnson (America’s Got Talent 10): What the fuck, America? Seriously, A fucking sausage fest? No wonder the females on the pink and purple teams participate in DWTS and the males on the red and blue teams (until Jacqui Fountaine, Nadine Cole, Marla McClinton, Sonia Donbar, and Jenna Monroe joined VFTG and why Ava introduced the Moderators’ Challenge this year). Maci, in her heart of hearts, honestly believed Samantha Johnson deserved to be in the America’s Got Talent 10 final to win America’s Got Talent in 2015, but what made this one of the most disappointing eliminations was the attitudes of the judges that had the audacity to take the vote to deadlock and that she was robbed while as Maci and I were Canadians watching in Montreal, thought it was our fault that Johnson was in the Dunkin Save.
  5. Tate McRae (So You Think You Can Dance 13): Seriously?! What the fuck, America? And I really thought that Tate McRae would have been in the Top 2 of So You Think You Can Dance with Kida Burns had America not been “complete dick-heads” and thought McRae would win it all by not voting. I had called Peta-Alyce Kaizer, Breeanna Sorensen, and Rachel Passalt all cocksuckas for deciding to not use the Moderators’ Save on Tate McRae. But the three cocksuckas WILL be fucking overruled. This Canadian MILF WILL MAKE SURE (pending Ava’s decision) this So You Think You Can Dance loss is null and void. Just give Ava some time to review.

Now the Moderator Comeback picks that Maci chose…

  1. Brittany Butler (The Voice 7): Maci thought Brittany deserved to go further than the Battle Rounds, but her elimination basically sat up a disaster..
  2. Katherine Winston (American Idol 14): Probably one of the most robbed VFTG picks in American Idol history, if not the most robbed.
  3. Jillian Jensen (American Idol 13 and The X Factor 2): No explanation necessary. Only thing that Brittany, Katherine and Jillian have in common are the fact they live in Massachusetts.

 

15Dec/16

Marti McDaniel’s Moderator Comeback Picks

As my in-state rivals from Jacksonville and Miami pointed out, Florida has had more Vote for the Girls victories than any other state.

Tampa Bay may be one of this site’s strongest markets, but its also my home market.

If I had to choose which Vote for the Girls pick would be nominated in the Hall of Fame if I had to give one out, it would have been a tough call since Macy Kate was already chosen as the 100th Vote for the Girls pick. But I would have chosen the winner of Miss Georgia USA and The Voice 8’s Deanna Johnson.

But I’m obligated to pick three Vote for the Girls Moderator Comeback picks. Two are from Florida and all of them were contestants from The Voice 4:  Mary Miranda, Monique Abbadie, and Amy Whitcomb.

15Dec/16

Donna & Tim’s Moderator Comeback and Hall of Fame Nominees

Florida has the most Vote for the Girls victories with the wins of West Palm Beach’s Cassadee Pope and Eliana Girard, Miami’s Melanie Amaro and Gaby Diaz, and Orlando’s Alex & Sierra. Although the 99th and 100th Vote for the Girls picks were Karen Hornsby and Macy Kate respectively from Jacksonville and Tampa/St. Petersbug; my husband Tim, myself, Nadia (Lorenzo), and Marti (McDaniel) have to keep this in mind when making our decisions.

Tim and I can only nominate one VFTG pick into the Hall of Fame and that really sucks when you are not the winning moderator. I almost wanted to nominate Christian Cuevas as the nominee, but at the end of the day the hometown of that person comes into making the nominee. I really wanted to put Christian in the Hall of Fame, but I’m confident that Nadia will be the one to put him in the Hall of Fame unless she and/or her girlfriend Peta-Alyce does something really stupid. Then I will be upset.

Tim wanted Karen Hornsby as the nominee, but NoSirGifts officials informed us that Hornsby was ineligible because she was the Vote for the Girls 99th pick. I could have picked anyone from my home state of Ohio, but I do remember one girl’s X Factor audition literally had me “Blown Away” like any Southern belle.

I’ve tweeted my Hall of Fame nomination

Rion Paige Thompson is the nominee in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.

Now to the Moderator Comeback picks.

I am familiar with the Coach Comeback on The Voice, but I was bit confused about the Vote for the Girls Moderator Comeback picks. When I learned about the number of picks Tim and I can choose was three. It was the easiest decision for both Tim and I so here are the nominees that Tim and I have chosen as the moderator comeback picks. In no particular order they are:

  1. Lexi Luca (The Voice 6): I honestly thought she would go further than the Battle Round. Other than just having no reason besides to choose Lexi as a Comeback Pick simply because she is from the same Florida market as Cassadee Pope, I could’ve supported her instead of her opponent that did cost a Vote for the Girls victory.
  2. Brittney Lawrence and Angie Keilhauer (The Voice 10): Tim and I thought these ladies were great contestants that should’ve went further. Sorry, Mr. now five-time The Voice champ Blake Shelton, I disagree with the decision to choose Paxton Ingram over these two women at the time and someone should’ve kicked Blake in the nuts.

 

15Dec/16

Ava & Kymberly’s Moderator Comeback and Hall of Fame Nominees

There is a reason why I launched Vote for the Girls is to not only get a Vote for the Girls victory and there is another reason why we have a site like VOTE FOR THE GIRLS.

From top to bottom: Lauren Diaz, Beth Spangler, and Maye Thomas

As if Vote for the Girls didn’t already have enough elements to keep up with when Moderators’ Save introduced in 2014 (recently used on The Voice 11 after We McDonald finished third), flex picks in 2015 (played a role in the double moderator victories on The Voice 9, 10 and 11), and in 2016 I’ve just added one more in addition to the Moderator’s Challenge. The Moderator Comeback!

Each moderator and each villain can now bring back three former Vote for the Girls picks and winning moderators can nominate a Vote for the Girls pick in to this web site’s Hall of Fame. I think this latest feature is a great twist. Since Vote for the Girls launched, nearly 300 female contestants and 100 flex picks have been featured on this web site. It seems to be the right time since American Idol isn’t on anymore and the moderators and villains are able to being at least one contestant he or she wish they hadn’t boycotted.

After some thought and consideration Kymberly and I narrowed down to who we are putting in the Vote for the Girls Moderator Comeback (for your votes) and Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame nominees.

The Moderator Comeback selections are (in no particular order):

  1. Lauren Diaz (America’s Most Talented Kid and The Voice 11): Kymberly and I thought this would be the winner of The Voice 11 and a four chair turn. Diaz showed promise with her blind audition of coach Alicia Keys’  “If I Ain’t Got You” (and yes, it is the same song she performed on America’s Most Talented Kid in 2004). But after losing an impossible battle to We’ McDonald and a knockout to Ali Caldwell, her time was cut short unfortunately and ended with yours truly and Kymberly with no Vote for the Girls picks on The Voice 11 (and the second such time after Beth Spangler). Oh, if only NBC didn’t have that major f**k up on 11/9 (referring to the 2016 Presidential Election). Coincidentally, this leads to the second Moderator Comeback pick of….
  2. Beth Spangler (The Voice 7): Like Lauren Diaz, I honestly thought this was the winner of The Voice 7. Spangler also showed promise in her bling audition. But after losing a battle to Mia Pfirrman and a knockout to Ryan Sill, yours truly had no remaining Vote for the Girls picks.  Kymberly said that Spangler had more potential back then and still does now and at the time Kymberly thought that her Knockout opponent, Ryan Sill was not connecting with the audience (yet those same fans voted for him in the insta-save that season), though I would have voted for Beth Spangler as THIS IS VOTE FOR THE GIRLS!!!! Spangler is the reason why I do this site.
  3. Maye Thomas (The Voice 11): Kymberly and I were disappointed as much as Kymberly’s in-state rival Ann & Kylie was when she lost a knockout to Darby Walker, and just like yours truly and Kymberly, the Dwyar Sisters (Ann & Kylie) did not have any remaining Vote for the Girls picks. Kymberly said it was obvious and effectively backed the supported contestant from Nashville and Las Vegas, though she was confused by the decisions of Alicia Key and Miley Cyrus and quoted during the live playoffs, “Can I just say this is exactly what happens when coaches choose the wrong people to take to the live shows. When I found out we get to being back a previous Vote for the Girls pick, Maye instantly came to my mind and that’s who Ava & I have chosen in the Moderator Comeback.”

The reason why Kymberly and I chose Diaz, Spangler, and Thomas were exactly the same reason Gwen Stefani brought back Ellie Lawrence as her Coach Comeback artist on The Voice 9 (coincidentally Kymberly and I chose her as a Vote for the Girls pick). These three women are absolutely one-of-a-kind in the eight seasons Vote for the Girls has been online. With Lauren’s incredible stage presence and three unique voices, it was a bloody shame that those three women were eliminated in the first place. The styles set the three apart, but it also worked against them on The Voice. The voice appeals to a very niche audience, such as this site. This made it difficult for her to win over the coaches on The Voice in the early rounds because they were looking for the artist that appealed to the widest audience, and none of them were it. Luckily for Lauren, Beth, and Maye, though, the decision is in the hands of the audience of Vote for the Girls now. If enough people that saw them watching from home believe in her, then one of those women can definitely make it all the way to the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.

The new “Moderator Comeback” feature (at least on Team Ava and Kymberly) definitely works in Lauren Diaz’s favor, but what about the other contestants or those who got went to the live shows or even made the competition finale? Obviously it is a disadvantage to them because the Vote for the Girls picks pool is just getting bigger and they’re competing against opponents who they’ve already beat. As with any wild card, one Vote for the Girls pick could be eliminated in place of moderator comeback picks, which may be a bit unfair. Either way, this new twist is certainly an exciting and I can’t wait to see how it plays out this season and perhaps in future seasons.

Now to the VFTG Hall of Fame Nominations…

As the winning moderator of The Voice 9, The Voice 10, Dancing with the Stars 21, American Idol 15, and pretty much dominated the whole 2015-16 season, like all winning moderators,  she gets to choose as many as five nominees to be considered in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame. Kymberly chose two and I chose three.

They are…

Out of all the possible Vote for the Girls picks (they’re shown in the credits of almost every Vote for the Girls episodes on YouTube), I’ve developed some strong respect for the ladies we’ve voted for. Thinking about these nominees came to my mind but came up with more such as American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, Jessica Sanchez, Skylar Laine, Hollie Cavanagh, Erika Van Pelt, Elise Testone, Malaya Watson; The Voice’s Sasha Allen, Amber Carrington, Sarah Simmons, Judith Hill, Tess Boyer, Bria Kelly; The X Factor’s Rachel Crow, Drew, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Fifth Harmony, Ellona Santiago, Rion Paige Thomson all were possibilities, but just choosing three was hard but for Kymberly she chose someone from my possibilities plus someone she would have supported.

The three women I’m putting into the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame are after much thought and consideration and the reason why I believe they are the best candidates:

  1. Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart (American Idol 10): It was obvious then as it is now. After Pia Toscano‘s elimination on April 7, 2011, the “Vote for Lauren and Haley” campaign became one of my personal favorite moments (if not my favorite moment) in Vote for the Girls history and “pulling a Brandi Chastain” made its debut. It was obvious that Vote for the Girls was still looking for its first American Idol victory at the time meaning Lauren and Haley had to make the American Idol 10 finale for what still is a threshold for not only a guaranteed Vote for the Girls Victory, but an all-female finale in any competition is automatic DOUBLE VOTE FOR THE GIRLS VICTORY. At the end of the day, I am the one that makes the final decision and despite Reinhart being a Dave Della Terza/Vote for the Worst pick at the time (the Dave Della Terza version of Vote for the Worst was based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville and therefore was the hometown VFTW pick). Had there not been Vote for the Worst, there would not be a Vote for the Girls as we known it today.
    • Lauren Alaina held Vote for the Girls’ longest American Idol pick until being tied by American Idol 13’s Jessica Meuse before being surpassed by Jena Irene Asciutto on American Idol 13. This played a deciding factor when I chose Lauren as a nominee in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.
    • Haley Reinhart was the first Vote for the Girls pick and became a Vote for the Worst pick from the American Idol 10 Quarter-Final (Top 4) to Semi-Final (Top 3). This made Reinhart the first dual VFTG/VFTW pick (not counting Rachel Zevita). Coincidentally, this leads to…
  2. Jessica Sanchez (American Idol 11): Jessica Sanchez, in addition to the aforementioned Lauren Aliana and Haley Reinhart, was the third girl that made Vote for the Girls a household name and earned its place on the map for good. On April 12, 2012 Sanchez found herself on the verge of being eliminated but was saved by the judges, making her the youngest contestant and first female ever to be saved by the judges. After Erika Van Pelt’s elimination, I realized that I had made “a huge voting mistake” by not including Sanchez as a Vote for the Girls pick. It was during that season each moderator had chosen who they wanted to win. I had initially picked Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt, Robyn Hurd (which would be her final Vote for the Girls season before her death on May 24, 2012) chose Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, as did Holly Everman. Archibald Coolranch unofficially picked Shannon Magrane and Colton Dixon (it should be noted that Archibald was the original Zinn’s Villain predating the closure of then-competing web site of the Dave Della Terza version of Vote for the Worst and gave Archibald all male contestants by default)
    • In Jessica Sanchez’s American Idol season, I went undercover and audition as a contestant for American Idol 11 in Pittsburgh confronting the previous season’s gender bias as well as due to being 28 years of age at the time it was the only time I ever tried out (hence, I, Ava Zinn, becoming the ONLY Vote for the Girls moderator to have ever tried out for American Idol). Little did I know at the time, what I remember from my own audition as well as meeting future VFTG pick Erika Van Pelt,
    • In the following season (American Idol 12), it was proven a year after my American Audition and Jessica Sanchez being the recipient of the Judges’ Save to point the common knowledge that at the time Idol hadn’t had a female winner since Jordin Sparks had won in 2007 and with 5 guys having won since that time, many fans and critics felt that with the way the American Idol 12 Top 10 had been set up that the producers were trying to manipulate the results in order for a woman to win the show, which in fact ended up happening thanks to this site and my audition. Though the producers did not know that it WAS THE WEBMASTER OF THIS WEB SITE’s Audition in Pittsburgh that not only changed my life, but this web site forever.

Now to Kymberly’s two nominees…

These two individuals have a Colorado connection and both nominees is what made this site in Colorado and Utah (particularly Denver and Salt Lake City) a Vote for the Girls hotbed, and Denver becoming the sixth strongest Vote for the Girls market behind only Atlanta, Indianapolis, Tampa, Milwaukee, Fort Wayne within six months of Kymberly joining the moderator panel!

  1. Rachel Crow (The X Factor 1): Other than the fact Rachel hails from Colorado, Kymberly could not have picked a more deserving Hall of Fame nominee that Rachel Crow. Rachel’s elimination left Kymberly heartbroken yet Kymberly remembers that night well as preparing to present KDNC-FTV’s 9:00 p.m. newscast now known as “Colorado Action News at 9” with co-anchor Janet Webb.
  2. Miguel Dakota (America’s Got Talent 9): As soon as Kymberly and the other staff on the web site were informed about the Moderator Comeback and Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame Nominations, Miguel Dakota INSTANTLY came into Kymberly’s mind as she wish she voted for since Miguel wasn’t a Vote for the Girls pick and came from Colroado. In fact, none of the female moderators were allowed to participate on America’s Got Talent since Zinn’s Villains have the rights to AGT before the Moderator’s Challenge was introduced this year). It was Miguel Dakota’s time on AGT 9 that Kymberly made a suggestion to allow female moderators on the pink and purple teams to pick male contestants as her Vote for the Girls pick instead of boycotting them unless it was under the Alex & Sierra rule, which eventually became FLEX PICKS and setting up for what eventually lead to Nick Fradinai (who also auditioned for AGT9 as a member of Beach Avenue) making Vote for the Girls history when he won American Idol 14.

What do you think of these decisions? Were they the right choices? Comment below.

14Dec/16

Vote for the Girls Unvelils a new halftime wrinkle: Moderator Comeback

Vote for the Girls has unveiled a new twist for the second half of Season 8.

And this one is the best wonderful idea, unlike the moderators’ save used to decline VFTG losses and flex picking experiment, both of which fans says just seem downright gimmicky.

When the spring cycle of the season opens in February, each moderator will be allowed to bring back two previous Vote for the Girls picks since 2010 to go up for a public vote. Also some moderators and villains will choose who they want in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.

That potentially corrects a major flaw in the earlier seasons process. Those contestants in the earlier seasons were aired months or years before Vote for the Girls launched.

That means a moderator or a villain doesn’t have the ability to factor in how well a Vote for the Girls pick is long after a show’s finale.

The problem has never been more glaring since Crystal Bowersox became the very first Vote for the Girls pick. As I suggested to Ava Zinn and mentioned on The Karly Jameson Show in 2015 and 2013 respectively, a number of VFTG picks have done well after their eliminations or after the show’s finale.

Who has been brought back for a Moderators Comeback and in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame?

Some moderators have already made their announcements on Twitter but all will be revealed on the Spring Cycle Premiere of VFTG soon.

14Dec/16

REVEALED! The Voice 11 Moderators’ Vote for the Worst Picks.

Former Vote for the Worst pick Sundance Head may have won The Voice 11 with Wé McDonald getting the Moderators’ save to decline her defeat. But was Sundance still a Vote for The Worst pick?

This year each and every moderator revealed their VFTW picks instead of one post in detail. Here are the Vote for the Worst picks from the Moderators themselves:

  1. Ava & Kymberly
  2. Jenny & Tulissa
  3. Rachael Passalt
  4. Thia & Natasha
  5. Peta-Alyce & Nadia
  6. Donna & Tim
  7. Kathi & Karly
  8. Lanise & Danni
  9. Holly & Perri
  10. Sophia & Maci (WINNING MODERATOR)
  11. Breeanna Sorensen
  12. Maribel Mort
  13. Tracia & Hillary
  14. Ann & Kylie
  15. Kendra Ray
  16. Marti McDaniel
13Dec/16

Wé McDonald SAVED BY THE MODERATORS!!! No Loss on The Voice 11.

It was an all-Sophia & Maci finale on The Voice 11.

As Carson Daly announced the finalists in fourth and third place, the moderator panelists had already congratulated Sophia Williams and Maci Blanca now a two-time winning moderator and all of her remaining picks are officially in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.

As we looked back at Wé McDonald’s auditioned we first saw back in August, all 16 moderators were unanimous, making her eligible for the Vote for the Girls Moderators’ Save. 

The final result:

4th Place: Josh Gallagher
3rd Place: Wé McDonald (MODERATORS’ SAVE)

WINNER: Sundance Head
RUNNER-UP: Billy Gilman

It was a very tough final. Wé McDonald becomes the seventh Vote for the Girls Moderators’ Save Recipient after SYTYCD 11’s Valerie Rockey, The Voice 7’s DaNica Shirey, American Idol 14’s Jax, the late Christina Grimmie on The Voice 6, American Idol 13’s Jena Asciutto and unofficially DWTS 22’s Paige van Zant.