I vote that the announcement for who is in the event was poorly done.
You said 16. I assumed since I didn't get a PM, I wasn't in the contest. Then you changed to 18 and hid it in the thread. I don't spend 24/7 here. If I enter in a contest, I expect a new thread announcing who is in it, or a PM. Been like that for every other contest I've been in.
Announcement doesn't mean post in a thread and HOPE people read it. Maybe this is why events aren't attracting people. So... are the 33% of the contestants (as if that doesn't put up any red flags) that didn't see the post out of the contest? I personally don't see that as fair but I'll just remember to laugh next time events are under-participated.