No, I don't think they'll pick five random rooms. They certainly didn't with the last design contest. All those entries rocked!
Here is how I would sift through the entries if I were Ganz: 1) I'd go through all the rooms once, marking potential contenders.
Contenders for me would be any room that:
1) Used colors well;
2) Was functional (ie could the Webkinz move in there?);
3) Was not just a jumble of stuff;
4) Mixed themes in interesting ways;
5) Did things with furniture that I was not expecting.
In addition to all of the above, I like if a room suggests a story in my head about what the Webkinz are doing, and if they are having fun.
A good example of this in the Fall decorations contest was Grandmai's winning entry:
It did EVERYTHING that I listed, including suggesting a little story about the chicken farmer on his tractor visiting the horse barn. 2) Sort the contenders into categories.
This way all the small rooms would be together, than all the mediums, etc. Water rooms would be in one group, outdoor rooms in another.
With five winners, I am wondering if each winner will be from a different room category. ??? 3) Look for rooms in each category that are different from their peers among the contenders, and pick the standouts as finalists.
Okay... Now the easy steps are done. Then comes the hard part. 4) Pick some winners and runners up among the finalists.
This is the part that will be heart-wrenching, because some great rooms will not be chosen. If Ganz is anything like BjornTorunn and I when we where judging our contest, they are going to have to make hard decisions, argue, and maybe resort to a tie-breaking judge. 5) Check through the winning entries to make certain everyone followed the rules.
This means some poor Ganz staffer is going to have to check every item of the rooms under contention to see if those items came from the W Shop. If one of them left an FSI somewhere on a table, they are going to have disqualify it and go for the runner up in that category.
Anyway, that is how I would sort through this contest. It's going to take them a while, I think.