Previewing the 2/11 Edition Voting

Thanks for taking the time to read any of this post, which I use as a way to inform you about the upcoming 2/11 Fan Voted Chart Voting, where Parts 1 and 2 make the 2/11 Edition Chart and Part 3 helps determine what songs to add to the 2/18 Edition Chart.

Who Can Be #1?
With a crazy amount of point to be redistributed to the songs in the voting this week (see below), there are 4 songs that are able to end the week with the most accumulated points and therefore the #1 song.   All 4 songs are on Level 10 this week so where they finish on the Level 10 Poll will determine their chances of being #1.  (FYI: this week there are 7 songs on the Level 10 Poll; 1st place on the Poll gains 42 Points, 2nd gains 36 Points, 3rd gains 30, 4th gains 24, 5th gains 18, 6th gains 12 and 7th gains 6).  Here’s a rundown of how the 4 songs can get to #1:

Current #1 “For The First Time” by Darius Rucker (317 Points):  After making the leap to the top spot last week, Rucker is in good shape to be this week’s #1 as well.  To guarantee a spot at #1, Rucker has finish 3rd or higher.  There are scenarios for Rucker to reach #1 no matter where he finishes in the voting, just 3rd or high makes it guaranteed.

Current #2 “Six Strings and Diamond Rings” by Taylor Hicks (304 Points): Hicks is in a relatively good position to overcome a 13-point gap to pass Rucker for #1 based on his fans being one of the groups working hard to get him votes.  If “Six String and Diamond Rings” can win the Level 10 Poll and Rucker finishes 4th or lower, Hicks would be #1.  Hicks can finish #1 only if he finishes 4th or higher; there are no scenarios for Hicks to reach #1 if he finishes 5th or lower.

Current #4 “The Older I Get” by Alan Jackson (298 Points): Jackson can get past Hicks much easier than Rucker; if Jackson finishes 1st, Hicks would have to be 3rd or lower (Hicks finishing 2nd would create a tie between the two songs and Hicks has the tiebreaker) and Rucker would have to be 5th or lower.  Jackson can still get to #1 if he finishes 2nd or 3rd, but he cannot get to #1 if he finishes 4th or lower.

Current #5 “Refuge” by Randy Moore (285 Points): Moore has to finish 1st on the Level 10 Poll in order to have a shot at #1.  After that, Rucker has to finish 7th with Hicks finishing 5th or 6th and with Jackson finishing 4th, 5th, or 6th (it doesn’t matter whether Hicks or Jackson is higher as long as they end up in one of those positions).  It is a pretty specific scenario, but it is possible.

Who’s In, Who’s Out of the Voting?
To see what songs that are now in the Chart Creation (Part 2), the songs removed from the Chart Creation (Parts 1 and 2), and what songs are now on the Testing Polls (Part 3), please refer to my 2/4/18 Voting Results, Part 3, and my 2/4/18 Removed Songs and 2/11/18 Adds posts.

Each song that is “Out of the Voting” will still be on this week’s chart as an “encore” but is removed afterwards.  As part of this “encore” each song will lose 10% of their previous points (5 Points minimum, always rounded to the next whole number) to simulate a fall down the charts before removal.

Level Movement
The following table outlines the movement of songs up levels or off of the chart so you can see how many songs will be on each poll and how many songs are moving up a level.

Level Songs on This Week’s Poll Songs on Level, Not on Poll* Songs Removed From the Chart** Songs Moving up a Level (or two)
10 7 0 1 N/A
9 4 0 4 1
8 7 0 1 5
7 4 1 3 4
6 5 1 2 2 up 2 levels, 3 up 1
5 8 0 0 4 up 2, 4 up 1
4 7 0 1 3 up 2, 4 up 1
3 7 0 1 4 up 2, 3 up 2
2 8 0 0 5 up 2, 3 up 1
1*** 123 14 12 5 up 2, 8 up 1

*-all songs get an “encore” week after being removed from the voting (didn’t get the required percent of votes or the artist has a new song in the voting).  When a song is on its “encore” week, it counts towards the 8 songs on the level.
**-after a song’s “encore” week, it is removed from the chart and a spot opens up on the level.  The songs on the level below are able to move up to take the open spot and therefore creates an open spot on that level.  The number of songs moving up off a level is always equal to the number of songs removed from the levels about it.
***-there is no limit to the number of songs on Level 1.  The number provided here are merely for your information.

Point Distribution
Based on what poll a song is on and what place it finishes in will determine how many points the song will have added to its cumulative total.  There is a total of 2,181 points to redistribute this week (5 extra to the Hot Song, 2,176 to split between all the songs) to get to the 10,000 points distributed to all the songs on the chart. The final distribution total is announced with the results post.  The total number of points to redistribute is found by adding up the points that removed songs had in their last week on the chart plus the 10% of points songs lose between their last week in the voting and the last week on the chart.  Basically, songs give up the points they had earned over their chart run and those points are redistributed to the songs that are in the voting.  For more information on how the chart works, please visit

Nominated Songs Polls Preview
This week there are 84 total songs on the Nominating Polls, with 13 songs on the Australian Poll, 6 on the Canadian Poll, 12 on the Indie Poll, 14 on the Roots Poll, 19 on the Texas Regional Poll and 20 on the United States Poll.  The song(s) with the most votes on each poll will be added to the chart next week.  I also add “Wild Cards” which are any song that did not win a poll, but was ranked in the Top 20% of songs (for more information on Wild Cards, click here).

Voting Info:
Voting in the 2/11/18 edition voting will run from 4pmET on Tuesday, 2/6/18 until 4pmET on Friday, 2/9/18.  The chart will be revealed on Sunday, 2/11/18.

To see what songs are on the chart (Parts 1 and 2) and what songs are nominated for the chart (Part 3) this week, please see the Songs in the Voting page.


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