We were able to talk about the show right up until we made it in front of the judges. That is when the confidentiality contract was put in to place. When those of us that were in the top 24 went home, the top 12 stayed in L.A. for an additional 6 weeks to develop their product with the $50,000. We could not even tell our relatives or closest friends what the outcome was. ABC and others do this to keep the shows fresh and so everyone watches to find out. The more people that watch, the happier the advertisers are. It was difficult to keep everything quiet. It was a nice 6 weeks though. The local media ate it up. We were on talk shows, radio shows and the news. Everyone was intrigued in our Milwaukee news market because two of us(myself and Jodi Pliszka)were in the finals. Jodi and I knew it would be a big hometown story when she and I met in Hollywood. It was neat. Jodi came back from L.A. after she did not make the top 4. She was secretly at a viewing party I was holding with family and friends. When everyone found out I was voted off, Jodi stood up and I introduced her to the crowd and our local ABC network affiliate, channel 12. Everybody was disappointed for me, but happy that Jodi was in the room with us.