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  1. You can never get too much of Conchita, can you? (Though I have to admit that, believe it or not, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard or seen that song… perfect Eurovision, or Logo Comp, fodder). Ladies and Gentlemen, Mesdames et Monsieurs, Damen und Herren, Distinguished Guests, and ofan, Welcome back to Salzburg. It’s been a long and tumultuous (though surprisingly not as tumultuous as some past years) road to whittle down our astounding 45 starting entries one victorious design. The time has come to see which of our entries has Risen Like a Phoenix to take the mantle of GamesBids Winter Logo Champion for this year. To make the official announcement, the honours go to Lord Sebastian Coe, who has agreed to stand in for Herr Bach who is taking a winter ski break in Sochi before joining with us again for Tokyo 2020 announcement. Anyway, Seb? Could you and Arnie take up your places to introduce the new 2022 Winter Olympics Host and Logo Comp winner. Arnie, have you got your lighter ready? The winner is… aismanggo’s Melbourne! So aismanggo defends his Winter crown and the southern hemisphere gets its first Winter Olympics. Congratulations aismanggo, you survived a tough campaign after a really hot start. Really a lot closer than many of us thought just a few rounds ago. A round of applause, and a silver medal, to barrack who came close to celebrating a fairytale comeback after almost missing the final rounds. So close! I see LatinX/TC is one of the first over to shake Prime Minister Abbott’s, uh, hand, to congratulate him on Australia’s highly-deserved Winter games win. Final results were: Borjomi (barrack) - 11 votes Melbourne (aismanggo) - 15 votes Taking into account krow’s re-allocated vote, it becomes: Borjomi (barrack) - 12 votes Melbourne (aismanggo) - 14 votes There’s dumplings and strudel for all to celebrate. Take it easy on the cream krow, too much isn’t good for your stomach. We don’t want another mid-ceremony red carpet accident. We’re going to take a short break before we move onto the summer logo vote. I’m going away for a few days, and won’t be back till Sunday evening. We’ll gather back in the vicinity of Japan in 3 days where many of our battle weary logo warriors face off again in Operation Olympic. Come heavily armed.
  2. Sir Rols: Yes, Herr Bach. I’ve paid Puppy off. I’m sure he’ll be back to cause trouble, but you can go on now. Sir Rols: Thank you Herr Bach for that colourful musical opening. While you make your costume change and before I hand the microphone back to you, I also want us all to put our hands together to the IOC Executive Committee members as the cabaret girls. I never thought Coatsey would look so good in fishnets. Anyway, what’s that Herr Bach? You’re ready. Okay, let me hand back over to our emcee tonight, IOC President and Olympic Gold medallist in Fencing in 1976, the Wunder von Wurzburg, Herr Thomas Bach! *applause* Thomas Bach: Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Monsieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, Wilkommen und Ho! Ho! Ho! Frohliche Weinachten, Merry Christmas to all of you. Especially to our hosts, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, who haff graciously invited us into their home for ziss festive season. The fact ve haff sacrificed our Christmas komforts to komm here out of season to Monte Carlo shows how seriously ve take der burden ve haff set ourselves - to secure the very future off the Olympic Games through mein meister battle plan, Agenda Tventy-Tventy! To demonstrate just how serious ve take our task, this year ve dedicate the 8th Annual GamesBids Olympic Logo Competition to Agenda Tventy-Tventy. To ziss end I haff decreed that the summer logo challenge ve set you ziss year vill be to brand our upcoming celebration of the games of that year in the city of Tokyo, Japan. Und the vinter city logo, it vill be Tventy-Tventy Too!. Almost. Ja, ve know zat for 2022, now that the Norwegians haff betrayed us, ve are but left now with scheisse! Zis kann not be! Therefore I haff asked advice from mein colleague on the USOC, Herr Probst, und sent invitations to cities around the vorld, asking for expressions off graphic interest in their hosting off those Games. Ve will choose the host from whoever is chosen by you as the best logo from these cities. To let you know the vinter candidate cities, and to outline the terms und conditions off the contest, I vill hand you back to mein Hauptwerker-Elf, Sir Rols. You vill follow his orders, und you vill all haff ein wunderbare festive season und contest. Get mit der Agenda und Viel Gluck! *all stand and applaud* ___________________ Okay, now that Puppy forced my hand, down to business and explanations. Summer: Tokyo 2020 I’ve had lots of people suggesting cities to me this year. And by far the most common suggestion was Tokyo. And the timing was right - this may be our only opportunity to do it. So, in the tradition of our previous Rio 2016 logo comp, this year you’re being asked to give TOCOG a hand and design the logo for Tokyo 2020. They might even notice us. The brief is: Make Tokyo interesting! Give us something that will raise our enthusiasm and anticipation for our upcoming journey to Japan. Let’s see some creative and contrasting approaches to branding 2020. Futuristic or Tradtional? Woodblock or Manga? Edo or Harajuku? Hokusai or Miyazaki? Let’s see how you’d sell Tokyo 2020 to the world. The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership. This is a host logo, so the Olympic rings are to be used. Post your preliminary submissions on the Tokyo 2020 Logo thread I will start. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. If you do post publicly, feel free to post as many logo designs as you like. You will get critiques and feedback, for better or for worse. When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on ONE official logo as your official entry. The deadline for submissions is midnight (Sydney time) on December 31 – ie, you can submit your logos before the end of this year. All final logos will be displayed for some time before voting commences early in the new year. I anticipate we’ll vote on this in the traditional “IOC Host City Selection” format when the time comes. More details on voting when it’s time. Winter: 2022 - The Magnificent Seven This time I thought we’d use the winter side of the comp to experiment. Like any good reality show, to bring in some format tweaks and gimmicks. I thought of setting the twins against each other in Blood versus Water, but desisted. Instead, it's multiple choice-multiple entry. It's specifically designed to for try and get a BIG field. You are asked to submit logos for any of the following seven cities for the Winter Olympic Games of the year 2022: Anchorage, USA Santiago, Chile Melbourne, Australia (it’s about time, we’ve never had an Aussie city in these comps!) Harbin, China Borjomi, Georgia Barcelona, Spain, and, in tribute to Eurovision 2015 Salzburg, Austria You may submit logos for as many of those cities as you wish from the list. In other words, you can have up to seven entries, one for each city. All logos are to be posted in the Winter 2022 Logos thread I will start. You may post as many preliminary submissions as you wish for critique and feedback. Before submissions close, however, you will be asked to nominate a single logo for each city (or as many cities you entered) as your official entry/entries. You can, as in the summer comp, contact me to submit privately. The deadline for submissions, as in the summer section, is midnight (Sydney time) on December 31. Soon after, all official entries will be displayed for a period of time. Voting will commence soon after. The reason we want a big field is I want to try out a different voting format on this one. One that's been persistently championed to me all year by yoshi. For his sins, he's gonna have to bloody well accept an official role as Werker Elf #2 in this. More details when the times comes, but it will be an attempt to make a live and dynamic voting "event". A few Eurovision fan members here have had had experience with the format. It should be fun. It may be a mess. But hopefully we’ll have some laughs trying. More, come the New Year. As usual, I will rule on any disputes with either section of the comps. Don't listen to Pups. Unless I say you can. Just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Try to keep the spirit friendly. I'll shut up now. Good luck everyone!
  3. And yet another nail-biting round has closed with only two points separating all three contenders and the top two tied. This sets the scene for a knife-edge head-to-head fight for the final crown. The final results were: Barcelona (Danny) - 9 points Borjomi (barrack) - 11 votes Melbourne (aismanggo) - 11 points All votes cast were valid. We say goodbye to Danny's Barcelona. It's always tough come the final stages and get so close. Sad to see this one go Danny, but you get the Bronze Medal and I know you have a hot contender for Tokyo. So now we go to the decider, with barrack and aismanggo both going for their second Logo Comp title. Who'll take the Gold? Will I finally need to cast a tiebreak vote? We'll know this time tomorrow. Rules for this round: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 24 hours - it will close after 7am, Friday January 9, Sydney time (8pm Jan 8 GMT). The entry at the close of poll with an absolute majority will be declared the winner. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY vote for their own logos. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of December 1 2014 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this round unless a tie-break vote is needed. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT. Good luck to to both barrack and aismanggo. See you back in Salzburg tomorrow.
  4. Well, in just two rounds weve managed to get 45 entries down to a final four - it may not have been pretty, but there was always going to be carnage to get to this point. Im sad to see some of these go - well done to all of you, thanks and commiserations. We had a strong voting turnout of 32 members )one of them late - see below - I've accepted it at organiser's discretion) having their say. For the first time ever, weve now gone three rounds without me needing to discount anyones votes - not even the usual January ring-ins tried it on again this year. The results were: A (Anthony) - 4 B (woohooitsme83) - 6 C (DannyelBrazil) - 13 D (Mr Bernham)- 7 E (barrack) - 10 (with 1 late vote to get it into the final) F (Cody 1985) - 3 G (Paul) - 10 H (barrack) - 7 I (woohooitsme83) - 4 J (nzl) - 5 K (aismanggo) - 16 L (Anthony) - 7 C, G and K make it through. So that leaves us with four entries from four previous winners representing four different cities. aismanggos Melbourne design maintains the lead its had in all rounds so far. Barrack's Borjomi, Dannys Barcelona and Pauls Harbin are the ones seeing if they can change that come the end. Okay, down to business. The rules for this stage are: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 24 hours - it will close after 7am, Wednesday January 7, Sydney time (8pm Jan 6 GMT). Voting will now be conducted in rounds until one entry has an absolute majority and is declared the winner. In this and following rounds, the logo with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated at the close of the poll. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY now vote for their own logo if they wish. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of December 1 2014 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this, or any subsequent rounds, unless a tie-breaker vote is needed. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT. Will we decide it all in the next 24 hours, or will we have another head-to-head duel for the final crown. Well know this time tomorrow. Good luck to all three of our remaining competitors. I've restarted this to make the poll fair. Phandrosis, runningrings, Rob, JMarkSnow and CAF may vote again.
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIjobdArtiA Well, who else was a going to open the voting? Conchita is booked for the results announcement. And speaking of Conchita to host and guide us through the voting rounds, we have the two most famous Austrians in the entire universe, the delightful and divine Miss Conchita Wurst Wurst and the former Terminator, Governator and now Logonator, Arnold Schwarzenegger! Conchita: Wilkommen to Salzburg! Und the launch of voting for the GamesBids 2022 Vinter Olympic Games Logo Comp, Cut-und-Paste edition. Ve are just so excited to see you all here. Arnold: Ja, Conchita and I are truly pumped for der action now, as you the voters ponder the 45 finalists shown above representing the magnificent seven bidding cities, und decide who are the expendables and who haff the right stuff to become our final Dirty Dozen. Conchita: Ve vill be with you every step of the way, as ziss year, because of the so many, many fine und outstanding entries, und to start celebrations off ziss years Eurovision in Austria, ve are inviting you to adopt the Eurovision style of voting to decide the short list. Arnold: Ja, it is exciting und truly easy, even for a girly boy to understand! To demonstrate I vill hand you back to Zir Rols to explain how it werks. Sir Rols: At close of submissions, we've got 45 entries in the for the 2022 section. In your face Bach! Forty five bidders versus your two for 2022! This includes a privately submitted entry by our reigning winter logo champion, aismanggo - Melbourne K. I also have a private Tokyo submission in hand from him which youll see, well, probably next week. We also have an alternative submission from woohooitsme83 for Harbin (Harbin D). Melbourne was the most popular subject choice with 11 entries, followed by Anchorage with 8, Barcelona and Salzburg with 7 each, then Harbin (5), Borjomi (4) and Santiago with 3. Well bloody done! I was already planning, with assistance and suggestions from Yoshi, to experiment with a Eurovision-style vote for at least one section of the comps this year. The sheer volume of entries received made that plan virtually a necessity. I was originally sceptical, I admit, going with a multi-city format - it didnt seem to work that well a few years back when we did Paris/St Petersburg and Ostersund/somewhere-else. But this years it really seemed to work in encouraging lots and lots and then more loads of entries. And from a good mix of former winning entrants and some great new talents. That number of entries is beyond the capabilities of the GamesBids poll voting format to handle anyway. And with so many good ones I think it would be almost impossible to limit the worthies to just a final five or six at this stage yet. Im sure theres at least a dozen amongst them that deserve to go on. So were going to Euro-style to decide who they are. Heres how it will work (with some cut-n-pasting from CAFs contests). Please pick your TOP TEN logos from the selection above. List them in order of preference by giving them the following points: Best logo - 12 points Second best logo - 10 points Third best logo - 8 points Fourth best logo - 7 points Fifth best logo - 6 points Sixth best logo - 5 points Seventh best logo - 4 points Eight best logo - 3 points Ninth best logo - 2 points Tenth best logo - 1 point Either post your entries either in this thread; or post your entries via PM to me for me to unveil after the close of polling. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of December 1 2014 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. Entrants in this round may NOT vote for their own logo. I will vote in this round. This voting round will be open for (approximately) 48 hours - it will close around 9am, Sunday January 4, Sydney time (8pm Jan 3 GMT). At the end of voting, the top 12 scoring logos will go on to the final voting rounds. You may post comments or critiques of the logos and the reasons for your votes. But try to be fair and respectful. This comp is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT. If any contenders have any complaints or disputes, PM me and I'll rule on them. If people want to calculate and post progressive scores as we go along, feel free. But hopefully Ill have some privately posted entries to keep up the suspense come the end. I think thats it. Anything else crops up, Ill take it up on the run. Thanks and good luck to all the entrants!
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