Originally Posted by Worlok
So I'd propose the following approach, were I to have a say: First go-around, three three-way battles and two regular one-on-ones.
You're better off with six pairs and one bye round. Then you wind up with seven people (assuming everyone submits - a big maybe). And then three pairs and bye. And then two pairs, one pair.
Easier. And I think the contest works best in pairs.
And even numbered judges aren't a problem. Assuming they all hang around, you have a tie-breaker and you're good to go.