Reader Question: Judges or Voting for the Finals

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We have been pulling out our hair trying to figure out what role JUDGES should have in our March contest: The Smallest, Coolest Apartment Contest. It is going to be big, so we want to do it well.

The question is this: Should we have readers judge who goes to the finals and then judges decide the finals?? OR should we simply have readers vote all the way??

If we have judges, this will make it less of a popularity contest, but if we have more reader voting it may be more fun. What say you?