Our ‘American Idol’ contest champ says Clark Beckham will win ‘in a squeaker’

"In a squeaker, I'm gonna say Clark Beckham will still win," says our current "American Idol" contest champ JB. "Of course, I reserve the right to change my bet Tuesday night!" Hurry — make or update your own predictions for the Season 14 finale and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will win. Voting closes Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT.

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We sat down with our overall season leader JB on the eve of the two-night finale to get his thoughts on the Clark vs. Jax vs. Nick Fradiani match-up and what he thinks of Season 14 overall.

JB tells us, "I have to say, I never thought going into the Top 3 that anyone but Clark would win. However, at this point, I think our frontrunner is now fighting to make the finale as all three have a good shot.

"I'd actually like to see it be Jax vs. Nick now. It does seems that Nick has finally surged forward and just might be the one to beat. We haven't had a guy-guy finale since Season 8 (Adam Lambert vs. Kris Allen) and that may just happen again. For the first time all season, I'm kinda at a loss for what will happen, and that is exciting.

"As for the judges, Jennifer Lopez has been the standout this season by far. I do like the panel but Harry Connick Jr. needs to get over himself. The season started strong but faltered as it went along, especially with the one-show-a-week elimination mess. The producers should've let everyone perform each week and do the elimination at the end.

"I'd put Season 14 in the bottom three seasons along with last year and Season 9, which is still the worst. My favorite moment was Tyanna Jones' 'Stay' and my least favorite moment was when the judges saved Qaasim Middleton and the whole Harry vs. Quentin Alexander crap."

Be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts before voting closes Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT. Don't forget, we're giving away two $100 Amazon gift certificates this week: one to the user who does the best at predicting the finale and the other to the user who has the best overall season score.

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Where do you fall on our overall Season 14 leaderboard?

For the entire season so far, JB and Phoenix have been in a hard-fought battle for first place, with JB taking the lead again this week with overall 66% prediction accuracy. Perhaps we should all listen to JB when he says that Clark will be the winner of "American Idol" Season 14.

There's a three-way tie for second place now, with Phoenix (16,970 points), Ryan Lapierre (8,614 points) and Denton (7,994 points) all at 59% accuracy. Click here to see where you score on our overall season leaderboard.

Can YOU beat these frontrunners to win our prizes? Then be sure to take part in our "American Idol" prediction contest. We're giving away $100 Amazon gift certificates to our weekly winners plus at season's end. The deadline for the season finale is Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT.

Our current overall leader JB correctly predicted Rayvon's ouster this week. However, he missed calling Tyanna's elimination in Top 5 Week (see complete predix), proving that it's possible to do well in our contests without getting everything right.

Remember that coming out on top doesn't just mean answering that week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don't take them for granted.

To vote for who you think will win "American Idol," who'll come in second place and who will be third, drag your choices over from the left to the right. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choice.

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Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. You can change them later as often as you like.

We are forecasting everything from the results on TV shows like "The Voice," "Survivor," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Amazing Race" and "Game of Thrones" to the winners of the Emmys and Tonys.

Get started by making your prediction as to which singer will win using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "American Idol" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.

 

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