Re: I need your help!!
Maybe they're only going to review them all once?
I also wonder what's going to happen with those that have incorporated images of Robert and/or the band? I can't remember if using likenesses of the band was prohibited or not, and the page that had all the guidelines is no longer visible. Some of them with little cartoons of Robert are really adorable! But Robert's image is so iconic that having it on the cover sort of spoils the "secret" of the Secret 7".
Another artist I know said he reached out to some of those people whose entries were really good but seemed to violate the rules. They apparently weren't interested in altering them, even though there was still time due to the submission deadline having been extended.
I sort of wonder if that wasn't the reason why they extended the deadline repeatedly - so people would have time to make revisions? But to your point, Fattyowls, unless those people received official notice from Talenthouse that their entries weren't valid, they probably didn't take it seriously. It would have been nice if they had done that, but still, we all had the same opportunity to read and re-read the instructions.
The other thing is that TH seems to really want to generate a LOT of hits and fb/twitter traffic from all the entries, so disqualifying those entries before the voting began would have meant less hits, "likes", and social networking traffic for them and their affiliated organizations: the bands, TCT, and Record Store Day. I don't know if that was TH's intent, or if they gave much consideration at all to how they would deal with disqualifying entries in their planning, but that's how it plays out.
At any rate, I'm sure that the band will enjoy seeing all the submissions. Hopefully that's reward enough for those people, and to all of us who entered - that we were able to share our work with the band and express how they've inspired us.