It helps when you hold it in a year with actual GAR characters.
This year we had Masaru(okay, BanchouLeomon and Suguru too, but no one nominated 'em) a few GL characters, arguably Hosaka and Kaiji, and some old favorites like Alucard and Raoh. (Possibly the cast of Seto no Hanayome as well; I haven't had the chance to watch it.) The tournament would have struggled to find 32 worthwhile characters - instead, we had 144.
Also, no one watched Savers, so the popularity contest factor came into play.