“Is it alright to request editors to read an entry that is friends only before posting it public and linking it in the topic post?”
What goes on between you and your trusted friends before you post it is between you and them. You want an editor/beta reader/Shakespeare typing chimpanze to check out your entry before you link it – absolutely.
You want your FL to read it so they can comment and give you feedback before you post it – do it.
Idol’s not involved in that. It’s my position that Idol *should not* be involved with that.
It’s a competition. People can help each other – heck, if a contestant or former contestant stepped up and said “hey guys, anyone who needs a second pair of eyes on their entries???” I wouldn’t blink twice at it.
It’s a nice idea.
My problem would be if it was done as part of the actual Idol process. WAY to many ethical questions that would arise for my taste.