Welcome to the 35th edition of the PJ00s song contest. You may know me as OspreyQueen, but for the purposes of this game, you may call me Zero IV. Here are the rules of the main song contest. You will have until 23:59 GMT on March 27th to submit your song (please include a link and its release year) in a private message to me and @WoW73. You will then have until 23:59 GMT on April 16th, to cast your ballot. The results will then be displayed over the following weekend. Spoiler: General inclusion/exclusion criteria for entries must have been first released between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2009 no UK top 20 hits no US top 20 hits no tracks from a US or UK top 10 album no covers or prominent samples of famous songs no relatively famous/chart-successful cover versions of your desired entry (if it's the original version) recorded by a different act no songs (or covers of songs) that have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest (semi-finals or finals) relatively unknown/underrated on Popjustice - so as a general benchmark, nothing from an artist with more than 10 pages of discussion on PJ (across all their artist threads) no entry that has been previously entered in a previous round of PJ00s (list of past entries here), PJSC (see the wiki), or PJOPS (list of entries here; the '00s crossover round list can be found here). Additionally, no entry that has been previously vetoed in PJ00s (in general, these acts will most likely be vetoed again, unless the reason for the veto was that the song was previously entered in a different song contest). A list of previously vetoed entries is here. Songs that fail these criteria should be vetoed by the round host. Songs that pass these criteria should be PMed to the veto panel for their decisions, with at least a 2/3 majority vote required for a song to be be included in the contest. Spoiler: Repeat artists guideline - the same act (in any form - solo, group, featured, etc.) cannot be entered for FOUR rounds since their last appearance (i.e., a non-winning round 8 act can be reentered no sooner than round 13, and in round 9, non-winning acts from rounds 1-4 are generally eligible again) - for the winner of each round, that artist cannot be entered again (in any form - solo, group, featured) for the subsequent NINE rounds - if the same artist wins TWO rounds of PJ00s in any form (solo artist, group, feature, etc.), that artist is no longer eligible for future PJ00s rounds Ineligible PJ00s winning acts: - Tiffany Affair (Ayanna; Bianca; Gabrielle) (round 26; eligible again in round 36) - Melissa Tkautz (round 27; eligible again in round 37) - Poe (aka Anne Decatur Danielewski) (round 28; eligible again in round 38) - Simian Mobile Disco (James Ford; Jas Shaw) (round 29; eligible again in round 39) - Late Night Alumni (Ryan Raddon; Finn Bjarnson; John Hancock; Becky Jean Williams) (round 30; eligible again in round 40) - Ricki-Lee Coulter (round 31; eligible again in round 41) - LP (Laura Pergolizzi) (round 32; eligible again in round 42) - Joan Osborne (round 33; eligible again in round 43) - Kirsty MacColl (round 34; eligible again in round 44) Spoiler: Voting rules You can award points to 10 entries per round. Award points ranging from 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 (with 12 points going to your favorite entry). Only people who submitted a participating song can vote. Entrants cannot vote for their own submission. All entrants who fail to vote by the host's deadline will have their final scores be cut in half. Repeat non-voter policy: Participants who fail to cast their ballots by the voting deadline for two consecutive rounds, or for 3 non-consecutive rounds out of 5 sequential rounds, will be banned from entering the next 5 rounds. However, this round presents a unique opportunity in the form of the Ambidex Game, or AB Game for short. Participation in this side game is optional, but entering will give you the chance to increase your song's score...or risk decreasing it. Allow me to explain. Along with your song entry, please also inform your hosts whether or not you would like to take part in the AB Game. All AB Game entrants will then be put in a randomly assigned pair with another fellow entrant. The full list of pairs will be displayed publicly along with the song list. Along with their ballot, all AB Game entrants must simply choose between two options. ALLY or BETRAY. If both users choose ALLY, 20 points will be added to both their songs' scores. If both users choose BETRAY, both their songs' scores will remain the same. However, if one user chooses ALLY, while the other chooses BETRAY, the user who chose BETRAY will have 30 points added to their score...while the one who chose ALLY will have 20 points deducted from their score. Note: the AB Game will not affect any of the "official" results of the contest, i.e. the data that goes into the PJ00s Vault. To make both sets of results easy to parse, the real contest's results will be revealed first, and the amended results from the AB Game will follow displayed in a separate set of reveals. Will you cooperate with your assigned user and gain a mutual boost on the leaderboard? Or is their song a little too good to let that happen? Or perhaps they are thinking the exact same thing of your own song, and thus a pre-emptive defensive move is advisable? Your fate is in your hands.