We have human verification to join the forum, as in actual humans LOL. We try to have someone here 24/7 but, well, it's the weekend...
I've gone ahead & approved you both & signed you up. You should now be able to see the Private Contestants area as well:
If you want to do it officially, here is the official sign-up thread:
Sign-Ups Open: Aug 1 - 31st
Smooches & Welcome,