‘American Idol’ recap: Did you predict Qaasim Middleton’s elimination in Top 8 Week?

Did you predict that Qaasim Middleton would be eliminated from “American Idol” Wednesday night? If so, you should be taking part in our prediction contest. Hurry — make your predictions now and you could win our weekly prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next.

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Congratulations to our user Lloyd P. Flores for winning this week’s episode contest. This reader wins a $100 Amazon gift certificate for being the only person to reap perfect 100% accuracy predicting Top 8 Week.

Lloyd’s winning predictions were that Qaasim would go home, that Rayvon Owen would earn the Idol Fan Save, that Jennifer Lopez would not have “goosies,” that Harry Connick Jr. would not mention a singer’s “intonation” and that Keith Urban would give a standing ovation.

Qaasim was ranked first in Gold Derby’s predictions to go home with overwhelming odds of 5/6, making this a bit of a landslide for our readers. Lloyd used one of his 200 point bets on this question and reaped 160 points. However, Lloyd’s biggest gamble was when he forecasted Rayvon’s triumph with the Idol Fan Save by placing his other 200 point bet on this question when Rayvon had low 14/1 odds. For that alone, he earned a whopping 2,800 points. That’s why it’s beneficial to keep coming back to Gold Derby to see if the odds of your picks have gotten better or worse throughout the week.

After Qaasim, our readers predicted that Quentin Alexander would go home with 5/1 odds, followed by Rayvon in third place with 15/2 odds and Nick Fradiani in fourth place with 16/1 odds. Click on the chart above to see our readers’ complete predictions for Top 8 Week.

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How seriously should you take Gold Derby’s “American Idol” predictions? Let’s examine our readers’ accuracy results for predicting the major eliminations of Season 14:

When Qaasim Middleton went home in Top 8 Week, he was #1 on our elimination chart.

When Daniel Seavey went home in Top 9 Week, he was #1 on our elimination chart.

When Adanna Duru and Maddie Walker were double-eliminated in Top 10 Week, they were #2 and #3 on our chart. (Daniel was ahead of them in our #1 position.)

It’s fair to say of this season’s eliminations, our readers correctly saw the past four (Qaasim, Daniel, Adanna and Maddie) coming a mile away.

Who’s next? Be sure to make your predictions now, as your picks influence our overall racetrack odds at Gold Derby.

Where do you fall on our overall Season 14 leaderboard?

For the entire season so far, JB is still in first place with 62% prediction accuracy. As for JB’s current predictions, he tells us, “I’d say Clark has this season in the bag. At this point, it’s a race for second place with Jax in the lead.”

Next up on our leaderboard is Phoenix in second place with 61% accuracy, followed by our frequent contest winner Denton in third place with 56% accuracy. Amikala is fourth place with 53% accuracy, while Povalles rounds out our Top 5 with 47% 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 each episode is Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT.

Our current overall leader JB correctly predicted Qaasim’s exit in Top 8 Week. However, he thought Tyanna Jones would receive the Idol Fan Save instead of Rayvon (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 think will go home next on “American Idol,” drag contestants over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order. For example, if you think Tyanna will be eliminated, make sure you put her in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

Who will win ‘American Idol’? See exclusive predictions

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,” “American Idol” and “The Amazing Race” to the winners of the Emmys (Primetime and Daytime), MTV Awards and Tonys.

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

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