Top 30 Under 30 Frequently Asked Questions
What's the criteria?
Obviously, the celeb must be under the age of 30 (as of November 2012 when the poll ends.)
Celeb can be an actor, musician or athlete, basically anyone in the spotlight due to their career and work. They must have had a new project out in 2012 whether it be a film, TV show, album or single, etc. The 'Top 30 Under 30' wishes to celebrate talented people who not just famous for fame's sake.
For TV and Movie casts, the cast must apply to a TV show that aired new episodes in 2012 (even if just the final half of a cancelled series aired at the beginning of 2012) or a Movie released in 2012.
Bands compete as a group, as do big TV or Movie casts that are mostly in their teens or 20s.
We realize even Teen Shows will have some cast members over the age of 30. If a show has more then five cast members under the age of 30 they will be allowed to compete as a group cast and just the under 30's cast members will be featured in the final list. (For example: On the Vampire Diaries Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Matthew Davis, Joseph Morgan etc are all over thirty but Nina Dobrev, Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Steven R McQueen, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino and Claire Holt are all in their twenties, making up the majority of the principal cast and will be allowed to compete as a group.)
Why Group Nominations?
Group nominations are not ideal but necessary for such a list. If we were to allow the cast of "Glee" to compete as individuals, due to the huge popularity of the shows, the majority of the cast members would make the final list and take up almost half the spots.
To combat that we would have to, as many magazines do, limit the number of cast members from each group that can compete, allowing fans to nominate their three favorite cast members. This seems unfair as it's essentially punishing an individual for being part of a popular group and it splits a fanbase.
Our current method allows an entire cast to compete while still allowing a variety in the Top 30 list.
We're sorry if you don't agree with this method but weighing up our options we feel this is the best choice. Sometimes, at certain points of careers, actors and musicians are known more for the group they're a part of then seperately and often times an entire year can be consumed by the one project. We view being part of a group as a positive not a negative.
Why is an actor who left a show still listed?
Since the television season falls half way through this year, a star who was attached to the show during the last half of the 2011-2012 season is still permitted to compete for the Top 30 Under 30 2012 since it encompasses the whole year.
When does voting close?
Voting is currently slated to close on 10:30pm, November 15th. The official Top 30 Under 30 for 2012 will be announced in our December issue!
How were nominees decided?
We don't have limitations on the number of nominees in our Top 30 Under 30 like we do with our beauty list.
We started by reviewing the list of nominees from last year and automatically nominated everyone from that list that still qualified, then we asked our readers to nominate anyone that was missing. Over the course of a month we assembled the best list that we could with our readers' help.
How many times can I vote?
This year we're not limiting votes as we've had problems with that in the past. We're trusting you to be reasonable with the amounts of votes you cast per day. Vote AT and through PortraitMagazine.Net. We watch closely for cheating and if the votes are strongly insonsistent with the hits received during that day we will consider disqualifications. If you're taking a shortcut, you might be wasting your time.