The 2018 Mr. Olympia Fan Vote Will Allow Fans to Choose the People’s Champion
It was recently announced that the 2018 Super Bowl of Bodybuilding would introduce the Mr. Olympia Fan Vote.
The decision to allow bodybuilding fans to have a say in the final outcome -of the biggest show of the year- stirred up quite a bit of controversy.
It was actually quite surprising to see how the bodybuilding community reacted.
Although some people were happy with the announcement; others didn’t share the sentiment.
Why? Because for the most part, fans of the sport believe that the Mr. Olympia fan vote is nothing more than a marketing ploy.
Whether this is true or not, we can all agree that -if done correctly- the fan vote can shift the direction of the sport in a positive way.
What Is the Mr. Olympia Fan Vote?
The Fan Vote is a new addition to the Mr. Olympia competition that’s striving to bring a breath of fresh air to the sport.
Although popularity surrounding the bodybuilding and fitness movement has skyrocketed over the last few years; the same can’t be said for competitive bodybuilding.
The men’s open division isn’t what it used to be and fans have grown tired of the repetitive judging decisions that are –supposedly- founded on politics and favoritism.
After years of denial, the IFBB either grew tired of these comments or actually acknowledged the claims and decided to put an end to all controversy.
How Does It All Work?
In theory, fans that are in attendance at the 2018 Mr. Olympia will be given the opportunity to judge every single (open class) competitor and rank them from first to last.
The fan vote will be equivalent to that of an official judge. This means that if there are eight judges, the fan vote would be counted as a ninth judge.
Although this is –in theory- a positive step moving forward; the decision is ultimately in the hands of the other judges.
If the fan vote –that counts as one judge- chooses a different winner to that of the entire judging panel; that competitor will be crowned the Mr. Olympia People’s Champ.
Sadly -other than a possible nice paycheck- the title will hold no weight whatsoever. The true Olympia champ will be the one chosen by the judging panel.
This can either be a good thing or a complete disaster.
Mr. Olympia People’s Champ
The Mr. Olympia People’s Champ will be an honorary title that will be given to the bodybuilder that the fans see fit to win the contest.
This means that it’s also possible for a competitor to win both the official Olympia Sandow and the People’s Champ title.
At the end of the day, this new title is nothing more than a simple way to make the judging less controversial after years of suggested competitor bias.
And although this concept is actually a very good idea – there’s also a lot that can go wrong with it.
A New Beginning?
Dedicated fans have been asking for the sport to change ever since I can remember – only to be disappointed over and over.
It seems like the people running the Olympia have finally listened and are striving to rescue the sinking ship by creating a new beginning for competitive bodybuilding.
This is truly the perfect opportunity for the judges to revive the sport and actually grow their audience.
Many fans have spoken out and said that the sport is dying. Experts have fired back by saying that it isn’t. The truth is that they’re both right.
Competitive bodybuilding gains as many fans as it loses every single year due to the controversy that surrounds it. Wouldn’t it be nice if all these fans actually stuck around?
Every year, people tune in to watch the Olympia coverage only be left angry and disappointed with the final outcome.
If people want the sport to take a turn in the right direction, this is the time to do it.
With that being said, we shouldn’t hold our breaths because there’s a lot that can go wrong with it.
Everything That Can Go Wrong
Now that we covered the positive changes that this controversial decision can bring – let’s take a look at everything that can go wrong.
Let’s start off with the fan vote. First of all, it will be extremely difficult for the fans to judge the show equally.
Someone who is sitting in the first five rows won’t have the same visibility as the person sitting all the way in the back of the building.
Even if all the people in the room have the same visibility; there’s a big change that most fans in attendance will be biased and vote for their favorite athlete.
Some will say that this won’t matter because the vote ultimately decides who the People’s Champ is.
But, let’s not forget that the fan vote also counts as one judge towards the final decision and picking the official winner.
But Wait, There’s More!
If you thought that was it, you’re in for a big surprise, because there’s a lot more than can go wrong with the Mr. Olympia fan vote.
What happens if the fan voting is altered and rigged just like previous (claimed) Olympia contests?
For all we know, the judges could throw the fan votes away and claim that the fans chose the same winner they did.
Some bodybuilding conspiracy theorists believe that the fan vote is nothing but a marketing ploy to sell tickets that won’t change the final outcome in any way, shape, or form.
Although the prejudging results will be published right after it concludes –something that hasn’t been done in a long time- it doesn’t necessarily mean that the finals won’t be subjected to favoritism.
So yeah, even though there’s a lot of good that can come out of this decision – there’s equally as much that can go wrong.
The Mr. Olympia fan vote and the people’s champ title have the ability to transform the current state of bodybuilding and propel it forward.
Even though there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding how it will all work, if everything is done transparently; the sport can finally have the fresh start that it desperately needs.
If skeptic fans are right and the 2018 Mr. Olympia turns out to be a complete disaster; competitive bodybuilding will only keep fading into the abyss.
People are angry, new competitive divisions are growing, and competitive bodybuilding is stagnant. The time to make a change is now.