For the first time ever, bodybuilding fans will help to choose a winner at the 2018 Mr. Olympia contest.
People will cast one of the votes to select the 2018 winner of the contest. This marks the first time ever that this type of voting will be used at an IFBB Professional League event. This decision will also raise the stakes for all participating competitors, ensuring that the field taking the stage at the Orleans Arena in September will be the best ever.
How will it work? Ticket holders for the judging round on Friday, 14 September and the finals on Saturday, 15 September, will receive a special code with which they can evaluate each competitor and cast their vote on their phones. The fan votes will be collectively counted as one vote, joining the votes of the IFBB judges on the panel.
This decision generated the following response from the IFBB Pro bodybuilders who are planning to compete in this year’s bodybuilding spectacle:
“Hearing that the fans will have an active role in who they feel should be the 2018 Mr. Olympia is a great idea,” said William Bonac, who took 3rd spot at last year’s competition. “I will do my very best and give it my everything to be the last man standing in Las Vegas come September.”
According to another top notch Olympia competitor Shawn Rhoden fans voting will make a huge difference. “I am all for officially naming a People’s Champion, because I am always the People’s Champion.”
Dexter Jackson, who won the Mr. Olympia crown in 2008, had this to say: “Yes! I think this is going to be great! I’m always the People’s Champion, so this could finally be Sandow No. 2 for me!”