I have offered some thoughts to a New York Times reporter on how the competition can outlast its founder.
And I will add one comment of mine which was not used in the report: There is justified and growing suspicion of the judging panels and the pre-selection. One of the Cliburn judges has, I think, nine students in the contest. How can that possibly be perceived as a fair and open measure of the talent available?
This round of the Cliburn Competition is pretty much make or break.