The Judges Have Spoken

The finalists of Brand Thunder’s Pop Culture Theme Contest have emerged. After many hours of debate and many libations… I mean, much deliberation we finally got some responses that were vaguely intelligible and could use.

Below you’ll find the three semi-finalist themes that our mystery judges decided on as worthy contenders for the Most Popular Theme category. To help choose the ultimate winner, go to our poll on Facebook and cast your ballot! You’ve been hearing this a lot lately, but your vote counts – so do your civic duty now. You have until Thursday, November 8, to vote for your favorite of the three themes below.

The winner of the Judges choice and Best Design will be announced on Monday, November 5. We probably could have had that announcement today, but our friends from the TV industry said it was good for the ratings if we had a cliff hanger and got people to tune in next week. 4AM at Denny’s is no place to discuss the differences between the Internet and broadcast television – so Monday it is.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

This overall favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean, comes from theme designer MaDonna and was an easy choice.

Britney SpearsMystery judge #1 droned on and on about how she shared a kiss during the MTV Video Music Awards with this theme designer. It took all our influence to convince her it wasn’t a conflict of interest. She finally agreed saying: “15 men and a bottle of rum? Yo ho! It’s a pirates life for me!”


Lava Thunder

Lava Thunder


Justin Timberlake

Ziggy of Zigboom Designs entered his BT:Engage version of the popular Firefox theme, Lava Fox – now aptly titled Lava Thunder. Mystery judge #2 made a compelling case to include it as a finalist for Most Popular theme: “If it matches my drink, I’m in. Lava Thunder all the way, baby.”


Pop Couture

Pop Couture Browser Theme

Simon Cowell

The dark horse of the Most Popular Theme entries, Pop Couture from Juliana, was a last minute and compelling case from mystery judge #3. “It’s sooo adorable how your mouth purses up when you say it! Pop Couture. Pop Couture. Hee hee.” Who can argue with that?


Vote for Your Favorite

Those are your choices. You have until 11:59 PM Eastern on Thursday, November 8 to cast your ballet. Winner will be announced on Friday, November 9. VOTE NOW!  There’s a Google Nexus 7 tablet on the line. So, your vote can mean a lot to these designers!

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