It’s time to play the music It’s time to light the lights Can you tell me how to get to... Please don’t sue me for copyright infringement Welcome to PJ00s Round 36! This month, we celebrate some of the world’s favorite characters – but more on that a bit later. As tradition dictates, we start with the contest details: You have until Monday, May 3rd at 23:59 your time zone to submit your entry in a private message to both @rawkey and @WowWowWowWow. Please include a link to the song on YouTube and/or Spotify as appropriate. Voting will commence as soon as possible after submissions close, with a deadline of Friday, May 21st at 23:59 your time zone to send your scores. The results will be revealed over the weekend of the 22nd-23rd – exact time TBD. 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. 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 Current list of ineligible acts due to winning PJ00s: 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) Lili & Susie (round 35; eligible again in round 45) 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. And now, in what may be the most tenuously drawn connection in PJ00s side-theme history... This round honors the late Jim Henson, who was born in 1936!! Sometime before the results are revealed, please message us with the name of your favorite Henson-adjacent character, who will present your votes. Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies, even The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth – it’s all up for grabs (just be sure to grab it first — no dupes allowed!) We can assign you one if you don’t have a favorite or don’t care. Again, your hosts for this round are @rawkey and @WowWowWowWow ... but, for the time being, you can call us Statler and Waldorf. Let Round 36 Begin!