VFTG USA Opening Sequence as of 2/26/15


If the opening of Vote for the Girls’ YouTube episodes are feeling different than in years past, it is because the lovely Ava Zinn changed the opening sequence that was scheduled to debut next fall. However, here is  preview of the new opening that is different.

19Feb/15
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REVEALED: The moderators’ American Idol 14 picks


There is a lot at stake in the American Idol 14 competition mostly for Holly Everman, Julia Passalt, and Kendra Ray since the Vote for the Girls USA moderators rules prohibit other VFTG USA moderators from choosing the same first pick as one moderator’s home market (in this post examples are Holly in Muncie, Indiana (mostly Indianapolis or Dayton/Springfield); Julia in Minneapolis; and Kendra in Des Moines) while a local VFTG pick (Alexis Gomez of Dayton, OH; Shannon Berthiaume of St. Paul, MN; and Maddie Walker of Ankeny, IA) are supported from the VFTG USA Moderartors’ primary home market and/or state. Those rules for the VFTG USA moderators are designed to encourage a VFTG pick’s fans to support that particular pick in person instead of supporting another VFTG pick on television as part of the moderators’ contractual agreement by Aeverine Zinn Holdings (the owner of the Vote for the Girls franchise) disallowing an opposing VFTG USA moderator choosing the primary VFTG pick outside of the moderator’s and VFTG pick’s home market to protect the moderator’s reputation.

Given the number of recent comments, emails and messages we’ve received is the most common is “Why? Why are the moderators doing this?” We thought we would try to explain the issues for everyone.

First, some background:

In the television industry, the United States is divided into 210 markets. The largest is New York City, with Glendive, Montana, the smallest. Each market has defined boundaries.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana market is the 109th largest, with approximately 600,000 television homes. Each market has defined boundaries. Fort Wayne has 11 counties.

However, the Fort Wayne, Indiana market does not include Grant County – which is in the Indianapolis market, which is the 26th largest with approximately 2.5 million television homes in 32 counties.

The ten Vote for the Girls USA moderators’ hometowns are located in the following markets and five moderators have fan bases outside their home markets (indicated in bold) and/or have a been a long time viewer of an adjacent nearby market:

  • Ava Zinn (Van Buren, IN) – Indianapolis (primary since 2013) and Fort Wayne (primary 1983-2012, secondary since 2013)
  • Kymberly Alvaraz (Denver, CO) – Denver
  • Holly Everman (Muncie, IN) – Indianapolis
  • Kellie Rock (Warren, PA) – Erie, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Tampa/Saint Petersburg, and Terre Haute
  • Julia Passalt (Minneapolis, MN) – Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Lanise White (Green Bay, WI) – Green Bay/Appleton and Milwaukee
  • Rhonda Rhodes (Milwaukee, WI) – Milwaukee and Green Bay/Appleton
  • Kendra Ray (Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines/Ames
  • Tracia Ward (South Bend, IN) – South Bend, Chicago, and Fort Wayne
  • Thia Tola (San Francisco, CA;  originally from Pattaya, Thialand) – San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose

Why is that important to Vote for the Girls USA?

Aeverine Zinn Holdings, the owner of the Vote for the Girls franchise, is enforcing contract language with each Vote for the Girls USA moderator that only the primary Vote for the Girls pick for that particular female or transgender female Vote for the Girls USA moderator in her primary home market (at least) is supported. As such, opposing moderators cannot choose the same primary Vote for the Girls pick mentioned, such as Alexis Gomez, Shannon Berthiaume, and Maddie Walker, which are respectively supported by Holly Everman, Julia Passalt, and Kendra Ray.

With the start of the American Idol 14 live shows upon us, we thought an explanation of the rules governing Vote for the Girls picks might be helpful. Hopefully, this will answer some of your questions about Vote for the Girls picks and the process used.
  • The rules are crafted between VFTG Foudner and  Webmaster Ava Zinn and many female contestants that audition for shows (American Idol, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent). Local moderators (i.e. Holly Everman, Julia Passalt, and Kendra Ray) have some control in the process – and are sometimes at the mercy of the decisions made on-the-fly by Ms. Zinn.
  • Starting with the inaugural season of The X Factor USA, to help alleviate conflicting VFTG primary picks, Ava Zinn allowed each Vote for the Girls moderator to choose her primary pick.
  • Just because Ava Zinn, Holly Everman, and Tracia Ward are from Indiana does not ALWAYS mean Ava, Holly, and Tracia can make a primary pick from Indiana and the same goes for Rhonda Rhodes and Lanise White are from Wisconisn does not always mean Rhonda and Lanise can make a primary pick from Wisconsin. Generally, the three Indiana moderators (Ava Zinn, Holly Everman, and Tracia Ward) and the two Wisconsin moderators (Lanise White and Rhonda Rhodes) alternate respective home state Vote for the Girls USA picks. Sometimes Ava, Holly, and/or Tracia can support a female contestant from Indiana as well as Rhonda and Lanise can support a female contestant from Wisconisn, sometimes they can’t. Vote for the Girls USA moderators have at least between three and five Vote for the Girls picks in each competition because of the west coast home female contestants, but that doesn’t mean the Vote for the Girls moderators can always support that particular female contestant. It’s not always the Vote for the Girls’ moderators’ choice – it’s Aeverine Zinn Holdings and Vote for the Girls USA rules.
    • Because Julia Passalt and Kendra Ray are respectively from Minneapolis and Des Moines, Julia and Kendra are guaranteed to support American Idol 14 picks Shannon Berthiaume and Maddie Walker. If Shannon Berthiaume and Maddie Walker are in the American Idol 14 finale, both Julia and Kendra will be the winning moderators and an outright Vote for the Girls victory.
    • Also because Kellie Rock is from Pennsylvania, Kellie was guaranteed to support The Voice 7 pick DaNica Shirey. Since DaNica Shirey was spared from the Vote for the Girls loss after being eliminated in the quarter-finals on The Voice, Kellie Rock became the winning moderator by default even though Shirey was not the winner of The Voice 7.
  • After the moderator make their picks during the auditions, Ava Zinn makes the final decision for the moderator’s picks, based on regional interest or importance.
    • For example during the American Idol 14 auditions, Tracia Ward rung in first for Maddie Walker and records that as her primary Vote for the Girls USA pick, Tracia Ward does not get ratings credit for it because the female contestant outside the South Bend/Elkhart market. And because Maddie Walker is from the Des Moines/Ames, IA market, Kendra ray didn’t get credit as Kendra initially rung in last. So, Kendra Ray requested a change of primary Vote for the Girls pick, but in this case, Tracia Ward lost the primary pick of Maddie Walker and now VFTGers will have to be encouraged by Kendra Ray to vote for Maddie Walker – and the moderator and female contestant will get the appropriate credit.

      We know it may not make a lot of sense. Because American Idol 14 contestant Maddie Walker and Kendra Ray are from the same Des Moines/Ames, IA media market–that’s unlikely to change.

      Iowa fans of Maddie Walker in Des Moines are strongly encouraged by Kendra ray to vote for Maddie Walker.

Given all of that, here are the American Idol 14 picks chosen by the moderator panel. Remember, the moderators’ Vote for the Girls American Idol 14 picks consists of two male vocalists approved by Ava Zinn based on one’s vocals and appearance and close enough to an Alex & Sierra American Idol pick. The moderators have already chosen their Vote for the Worst picks, but they will not be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends or the top 7 consists of five females, Riley Bria, and Nick Fradianai–whichever comes first. The moderators will use their save on the following VFTG picks in the event should one of the following be the last female contestant standing:

  • Shannon Berthiaume
  • Jackie “JAX” Cole
  • Sarina-Joi Crowe
  • Alexis Gomez
  • Lovey James
  • Maddie Walker
  • Katherine Winston
  • Adanna Duru
  • Tyanna Jones
  • Loren Lott
Team Ava & Kymberly
(Ava Zinn & Kymberly Alvaraz)
Julia Passalt Kendra Ray Rhonda Rhodes
1
Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Shannon Berthiaume

Shannon Berthiaume


Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

(initially Jackie “JAX” Cole)

Shi Scott

Shi Scott

2
Loren Lott

Loren Lott

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Lovey James

Lovey James

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

3
Lovey James

Lovey James

Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

Tyanna Jones

Tyanna Jones

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

4
Adanna Duru

Adanna Duru

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

5
Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

Shannon Berthiaume

Shannon Berthiaume

(initially Sarina-Joi Crowe)

Loren Lott

Loren Lott

6
Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Lovey James

Lovey James

Adanna Duru

Adanna Duru

(initially Alexis Gomez)

Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

7
Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

8
Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

9
Shannon Berthiaume

Shannon Berthiaume

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

(initially Maddie Walker)

Best of Worst
Riley Bria

Riley Bria

(Kymberly)

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Loren Lott

Loren Lott

Lovey James

Lovey James

Joey Cook

Joey Cook

(Ava)

Tyanna Jones

Tyanna Jones

Shi Scott

Shi Scott

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Shi Scott

Shi Scott

Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

Adanna Duru

Adanna Duru

Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

Adanna Duru

Adanna Duru

Holly Everman Kellie Rock Lanise White Tracia Ward
1
Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Lovey James

Lovey James

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

(initially Maddie Walker)

2
Joey Cook

Joey Cook

Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

3
Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Shannon Berthiaume

Shannon Berthiaume

4
Jax (Jackie Cole)

Jax (Jackie Cole)

Riley Bria

Riley Bria

Alexis Gomez

Alexis Gomez

Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

5
Loren Lott

Loren Lott

Lovey James

Lovey James

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

6
Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

7
Riley Bria

Riley Bria

Shi Scott

Shi Scott

Riley Bria

Riley Bria

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

8
Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

9
Sarina-Joi Crowe

Sarina-Joi Crowe

Best of Worst
Adanna Duru

Adanna Duru

Shannon Berthiaume

Shannon Berthiaume

Tyanna Jones

Tyanna Jones

Lovey James

Lovey James

Lovey James

Lovey James

Tyanna Jones

Tyanna Jones

Shi Scott

Shi Scott

Riley Bria

Riley Bria

 

If you have any questions and/or agree, disagree with the moderator’s decisions, post them below, email us at mailbag@voteforthegirls.us, or tweet to @voteforhtegirls!

12Feb/15

VFTG USA site maintence


Last night, this web site encountered a major outage caused by a user changing the hatches file and redirecting to a section of webmaster Ava Zinn’s own web site.

Ava is working on the issue and hopefully get everything back up and running in time for The Voice 8 season premiere and voting for the ladies on American Idol 14.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

03Feb/15

Thia Tola joins VFTG USA as moderator


Ava Zinn, founder and webmaster, announces the addition of Thia Tola to the Vote for the Girls USA moderator panel.

“From Pattaya to Bangkok, where she worked as a moderator for the Thailand adaptation of Vote for the Girls (VFTG THAI), Thia brings experience, knowledge and her passion for the female contestants to the United States,” said Zinn.

Thia joins VFTG USA as moderator for the spring cycle.

“I’m thrilled to be moving to San Francisco and going to work for an icon in the music industry,” said Tola. “I look forward to being part of a team with a reputation like Vote for the Girls.”

thiatAfter graduating from Bang Phra Sammachiwasin High School in Pattaya, Thia went on to study broadcast journalism at Thammasat University in Bangkok. While in high school, her first job was host of her internet TV talk show “The Thia Tola Show” that ran for 13 years that ended in 2014.

Thia is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Journalism, San Francisco State University, while working as a reporter for KBYF-FTV/KSLF-FTV in San Francisco and as a moderator of the Australian version of VFTG.

Thia has a one year old child. She will make her Vote for the Girls USA debut, next January. Thia will also make her Vote for the Girls debut on the Australian version when the site debuts in May 2015 with Ava Zinn; new VFTG USA moderators Nermal Everman and Rachael Passalt; and former VFTG USA moderatrors Kathi Jameson and Karly Ryder, Jr.

22Jan/15

Kendra Ray’s American Idol 14 Picks


The last of the moderator panel have made her picks as the Pink Team of Holly, Kellie, Lanise, and Tracia (all had seven VFTG picks, two Best of Worst picks, and one pick they would hate to see win–they also got the privilege of choosing Nick Frandiani and/or Riley Bria as their VFTG picks as Holly’s pick of Alfonso & Witney won Dancing with the Stars 19 and Kellie’s pick of DaNica Shirey, even though she was eliminated in the quarter-finals of The Voice 7, is the last woman standing and did the right thing in using their “MODERATORS’ VETO” to decline the VFTG Loss–Holly and Kellie have a huge advantage )

Meanwhile, on the Purple team consisting of the four transwomen (Ava, Julia, Rhonda, and myself) with Kymberly as the lone woman (born a girl.) The Ava Zinn and Kymberly Alvaraz relationship deal doesn’t belong on this post, yet they are a duo moderator. Only Julia and Rhonda were allowed six VFTG Picks, three Best of Worst picks, and two picks they would hate to see win. However, since Ava and I are also moderators on the United Kingdom adaptation of VFTG and both of us had picks in the DWTS UK (Strictly Come Dancing) finale as well as the US DWTS, Teams Ava & Kymberly (Team ZInn) and Team Kendra really have the biggest advantage since Ava’s the boss–I have to respect her decisions. The biggest advantage is the fact Team Kendra as the third place moderator on DWTS 19, both Team Kendra and Team Ava & Kymberly are allowed nine (not 6). But the four transwomen and Kymberly on the Purple Team get three Best of Worst picks, and two picks they would hate to see win.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tracia Ward initially rung in first when Maddie Walker’s audition aired, but because Maddie Walker lives in the Des Moines, Iowa market, Tracia Ward is ruled inelegible to choose Maddie Walker as the first VFTG Pick… under the following rules for the moderators…

Vote for the Girls USA moderators rules prohibit other VFTG USA moderators from choosing the same first pick as one moderator’s home market (in Kendra’s case Des Moines) while a local VFTG pick (Maddie Walker of Ankeny, IA) is supported from the VFTG USA Moderartors’ home market (or state). The rules are designed to encourage a VFTG pick’s fans to support that particular pick in person instead of supporting another VFTG pick on television. However, each VFTG Moderator is guaranteed to have at least one VFTG pick in every moderator’s home market, so some exceptions are granted to this rule.

After some adjustments made, my American Idol 14 picks are as follows:

  1. Maddie Walker (initially Jackie “JAX” Cole, SEE EDITOR’S NOTE)
  2. Lovey James
  3. Tyanna Jones
  4. Katherine Winston
  5. Shannon Mae Berthiaume (initially Sarina-Joi Crowe but Tracia was first)
  6. Adanna Duru (initially Alexis Gomez but Lanise was first)
  7. Alexis Gomez
  8. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  9. Jackie “JAX” Cole (initially Maddie Walker)

The Best of Worst Picks are: Loren Lott, Shania Scott, and Nick Fradiani (& Yanni G).

My Vote for the Worst picks are… Not going to be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends, or if you don’t want to wait and find out who right now…

image<——- FIND OUT for $5 to see who I chose as my Vote for the Worst Pick…

ORIGINAL POST: I made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to  be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

  1. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  2. Lovey James
  3. Tyanna Jones
  4. Katherine Winston
  5. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  6. Alexis Gomez

My Best of Worst picks are Maddie Walker, Shannon  Berthiaume, and one more that will be revealed.

21Jan/15

Ava & Kymberly’s American Idol 14 Picks


The final moderator (and the first duo moderator) have finally made their picks–the BOSS (Ava) and her girlfriend (Kymberly)

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Sarina-Joi Crowe
  2. Loren Lott
  3. Lovey James
  4. Adanna Duru
  5. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  6. Katherine Winston
  7. Maddie Walker
  8. Alexis Gomez
  9. Shannon Berthiaume

After some adjustments made, my American Idol 14 picks are as follows:

The Best of Worst Picks are for Ava & Kymberly: Tyanna Jones

However, Ava & Kymberly are split between four VFTG Picks:

Ava chose Joey Cook and Shania “Shi” Scott
Kymberly chose Nick Fradiani and Riley Bria

My Vote for the Worst picks are… Not going to be revealed until after the American Idol 14 competition ends, or if you don’t want to wait and find out who right now…

 

 

21Jan/15

Julia Passalt’s American Idol 14 Picks



The second moderator on the Purple team has her team filled.

With the American Idol 14 Auditions that were in Minneapolis, chances are that I will be making changes after the Minneapolis auditions air.

I’ve made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have also made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May or you can find out right now for $5.00 if you don’t want to wait)

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  1. Shannon Mae Berthiaume
  2. Katherine Winston
  3. Maddie Walker
  4. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  5. Alexis Gomez
  6. Lovey James

My Best of Worst picks are Sarina-Joi Crowe, Tyanna Jones and Adanna Duru.

21Jan/15

Holly Everman’s American Idol 14 Picks


Holly Everman, yours truly, has made an adjustment to her picks… and yes, I am defending my decision (HOLLY’s BLOG: Why I chose Riley & Nick as Vote for the Girls picks.)

Last week, Kellie Rock made her American Idol 14 picks. Now it is my turn as I made my American Idol 14 picks as follows (I have made my Vote for the Worst pick, and that isn’t going to be revealed until after the American Idol finale in May)

  1. Alexis Gomez
  2. Joey Cook
  3. Katherine Winston
  4. Jackie “JAX” Cole
  5. Loren Lott
  6. Maddie Walker
  7. Riley Bria (Vote for the Girls’ first “M2F pick”)
  8. Nick Fradiani (& Ariana Gavrilis, closest to Alex & Sierra pick)
  9. Sarina-Joi Crowe

My Best of Worst picks are Lovey James and Adanna Duru.

UPDATE: Holly has already made her Vote for the Worst pick…. You can either wait until 11:00 PM Eastern May 14, 2015 (an hour after the American Idol 14 finale ends) or find out right now for $5.00

 

18Jan/15

VFTG USA Webmaster addresses VFTG Picks Response


VFTG USA PIX

Editor’s note: This letter is in response to viewer reaction to the VFTG American Idol 14 Picks of Holly, Tracia, Lanise, and Kellie.

I am well aware of it. I pretty much understand the backlash of the decisions of allowing two male Vote for the Girls picks — Nick Fradiani and Riley Bria.

All four moderators on the pink team (Holly Everman, Kellie Rock, Lanise White, and Tracia Ward) earned an advantage for American Idol 14 that as the webmaster and executive producer of Vote for the Girls (this web site you are viewing right now). Those decisions to allow Riley and Bria as Vote for the Girls picks were not made in vain.

As fellow moderators, we have have to judge based on one audition in the opening round. The decision to add the two males into the mix of Vote for the Girls picks came down to based on Riley Bria’s vocals and appearance (after a similar decision from our friends on the UK Version of The Voice last year involving James Byron) and down to Nick Fradiani’s audition as his girlfriend known as Yanni G were pretty much close enough to an Alex & Sierra pick on American Idol in my judgement.

Holly posted on her blog “At the end of the day, I have to judge and decide based on this one audition that I’ve seen and not what’s been in the past, or what my expectations are… But I am making the picks, and I know in my heart, my picks are Alexis Gomez, Joey Cook, Katherine Winston, Jackie “JAX” Cole, Loren Lott, Maddie Walker, Riley Bria, Nick Fradiani (& Ariana Gavrilis), Sarina-Joi Crowe with Lovey (James) and Adanna (Duru) as my Best of Worst”

Since the last VFTG Victory of Alex & Sierra on December 19, 2013 we have seen way too many female contestants lost to male counterparts not approved by yours truly, but it is even more heart breaking when the last female contestant getting eliminated. That is primarily the reason I decided to change the rules on Vote for the Girls this year that resulted in all our moderators declining two Vote for the Girls losses on So You Think You Can Dance 11 and The Voice 7 and the reason Valerie Rockey and DaNica Shirey are currently in the Vote for the Girls Hall of Fame.

We have received numerous comments about the Vote for the Girls USA Pink Team Moderators’ picks. As a web site promoting votes for female contestants, we do our best to get these ladies to the finale and/or even have an all-female final (aka GUARANTEED VFTG Victory). Our obligation to you is to provide as much of a head start in the female contestant’s (or Vote for the Girls picks’ campaign.) That obligation unfortunately, at times, includes uncomfortable subjects or comments that are difficult to hear as fans of female vocalists, or even make you angry. And while we are moderators, everyone on our moderator panel and the Male Moderator Crew are human as well and we have similar reactions. So these are situations we take very seriously.

By showing the other side, you were able to get the answer to “why is that Vote for the Girls never votes for male contestants, yet supported Alex & Sierra on The X Factor 3 and supporting Riley and Nick on American Idol 14?” We wanted to give insight into the mind of the people/family who were involved so there was some context and exposure for you into this world. For some, maybe it’s a world you are already familiar with; for others it may be something you cannot even comprehend. It was difficult for many of us to watch and understand — mostly for the four moderators that chose Riley as her VFTG pick and/or the moderators that chose Nick as her Vote for the Girls pick.

This decision to allow Riley and Nick as Vote for the Girls picks along with the 12 other girls competing in American Idol 14 is just a small part of our complete coverage, with the vast majority supporting six of the girls on American Idol 14 of which all nine of the moderators have unanimously chosen–Sarina-Joi Crowe, Alexis Gomez, Lovey James, Loren Lott, Maddie Walker, and Katherine Winston. We will continue to support every female vocalist. Again, it is the reason why there such sites like Vote for the Girls and we hope you understand the tough choices we have to make in making our picks. Like our viewers, we want a Vote for the Girls victory.

Ava Zinn
Founder and Webmaster, Vote for the Girls USA