Welcome to PJ Retro 66! As we're currently in the month of June, which is PRIDE month in a lot of territories around the globe, your hosts (@Doodvid & myself) decided to make this edition of PJ Retro the PRIDE edition! Over the coming weeks, we'll focus on all things PRIDE, LGBTQIA+, and spotlight some amazing songs that are often associated with PRIDE. As for the contest, all the usual rules apply Spoiler HOW THIS ALL WORKS You submit a song, the veto panel reviews your submission, and you’ll hear back if you’ve successfully passed. Once the song list is revealed, 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. Contestants who enter a song but don’t vote will have their points total halved as a consequence. 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. 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/PJ Retro 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 25 pages or more 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 • Act has 15-24 pages of discussion on the forum • Song is by an act who had major success in the UK or US • Act has been entered multiple times in this contest .... But we are asking you to send in a song that has some PRIDE connection - but we will not be very strict, rest assured! Think of things like: - An artist from the LGBTQIA+ community - A song by an LGBTQIA+ icon (do mind the regular rules though!) - A song with lyrics dealing with PRIDE, the community, coming out, etc. - A song you often heard at your local gay bar back in the day - A song that has a personal story for you regarding PRIDE, coming out, being an ally etc. When sending your entry to us in a PM, please state the PRIDE connection, thank you! (even if it's obvious...) Also, please send us your favourite Retro PRIDE ANTHEM (that would never likely pass Veto) with a brief reason for the choice. This song will form part of our RETRO PRIDE PARADE prior to the reveals! We won't be voting on these tracks - just sharing them, celebrating them, and enjoying the memories associated with them! Oh, and rest assured: this round is NOT just for the forum members that are part of the LGBTQIA+ community - let's all celebrate PRIDE together!!