Just one more day to announcing the TOP 9 in the Great Driving Challenge, and you are wondering what is happening behind the scenes. All of you are aware that Background Check is on. Team GDC is validating identity, documents etc and reaching out through phone (or) email (or) on-ground.
The process followed is simple. Each Jury Member sleeps over the ‘list of 100’, reviews applicants individually and comes up with his/her preferred (rank ordered) list of 9 candidates. This is inspired by the methodology followed in Oscars, where each Jury is instructed to “follow your heart”. The scores used earlier for shortlisting now take a back-ground seat, so everyone (in TOP 100) really has an equal chance. No one is penalized for making random eccentric choices. ‘Cumulative Votes’ decide the TOP 9 winners.
On Thursday the decks are cleared to declare the TOP 9. The site morphs to accommodate these participating couples - each winning couple gets individual access to their zone.
Fans are welcomed on-board. They sign-up to follow a team of their choice. From this point on, it is really the 9 contesting couples with their fan-followers who take over. They keep us updated on how they are preparing for the challenge and share their magic moments with us. This phase continues all the way till the participants come down to Mumbai for an on-ground event (more on that soon). The fans watch every move, give pep talks (comments), influence the Jury.
To appreciate the efforts of all your fans/friends/cousins/parents/teachers/neighbours etc who were cajoled/coerced/intimated/stalked into voting for you, Team GDC will announce mega prizes for fans, just being there and making this event a success. The site will track “fan activity” for each of the 9 teams announced, till the time TOP 3 is announced.
Does this all sound exciting or what?