Hey, hi, hello. Remember that time I won the final edition of PJOPS? No, I don’t either, because you insisted on awarding the gold medal to some Vanessa Gold impersonator instead. But the joke’s on you because after they turned down the hosting gig, you’re still stuck with me as the first host of the new (kinda) and improved (hopefully) continuation of PJOPS: PJ Retro, the Popjustice Retro Song Contest. Yes, it is she, it is me, Jeffo, your PJOPS 45 Almost Winner™ and inaugural PJ Retro host. I’m so glad you followed the advice of my Almost Winning™ song and waited for me to begin this new round. Let’s discover something greater as we go on a journey of underappreciated songs from before the year 2000 while I wait for the Mandela Effect to retroactively make me the PJOPS 45 winner. How this all works So here’s the deal: for the most part, this version of The Contest Formerly Known as PJOPS will act the same as PJOPS did. You submit a song, the veto panel reviews your submission, and you light your prayer candles in hopes that it passes. Then you listen to all of the other entries and put together a Eurovision-style ballot ranking the 10 songs you think most deserve recognition with point values as follows: 12 points (your favorite song goes here) 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points 5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point (your least favorite song of your top 10 goes here) You cannot vote for your own entry, you don’t know who submitted the other songs, and only those who have entered a song may submit a ballot. I’ll reveal the ballots one by one at the end, and whoever accrues the most points wins the round, the envy of their peers, and a promotional deal with Tesco. Simple as that. What’s changed is the veto criteria. Well, kind of -- the veto criteria for the most part feels the same, but after much discussion behind the scenes for the past two rounds, the veto panel has itemized everything in a way that we hope is more transparent and user-friendly for those participating. Criteria that will absolutely result in a veto • Song was originally released after December 31, 1999 • Song was already entered in a previous round of any of the PJ song contests • Click here for the list of previous PJOPS entries • Click here for the list of previous PJSC entries• Song peaked within the top 10 on the UK or US singles chart • Song is a cover of or contains a prominent sample of a UK or US top 10 hit OR was covered/prominently sampled in a song that was a UK or US top 10 hit • Act has over 30 pages of discussion on the forum • Act was entered in the previous round • This includes any related solo or group acts to an act that was entered in the previous round (ex. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, in an alternate universe where either of them could actually pass the veto criteria) Criteria that will also be taken in consideration for veto purposes • Song is from an album that peaked in the top 10 on the UK or US albums chart • Song is from a Platinum- or Gold-certified album in the UK or US • Song peaked between #11 and #20 on the UK or US singles chart • Song was a major hit in other big music markets (France, Germany, Japan, etc) and/or in multiple countries • Song is by an act who had major success in the UK or US • Act has been entered multiple times in this contest To be clear, if you all think something here isn’t quite working, we can discuss and make adjustments in later rounds. The biggest hurdle here was just getting some of these things written out and formalized in the first place, because that was a bit lacking before. The hope is that this set of criteria can make it easier to be consistent in veto decisions moving forward. Another thing: I think the general consensus among participants was to keep the potential for round themes as determined by the host, which would also play a part in the veto process. However, since this is a new beginning of sorts, I have decided to make this a themeless round. Submit whatever old shit you please, as long as it fits within the standard veto criteria listed above. You have until Wednesday, May 22 at 11:59 pm BST (6:59 pm US EDT) to submit your entry to me via PM.