Only 13% of our "Project Runway" contest players correctly predicted the elimination of Swapnil Shinde Thursday night, making this one of the season's biggest shockers. Among our readers who saw this jawdropper coming is Benutty, who actually scores the best this week and wins our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. Can YOU outscore this contest entrant next week? Hurry — make your predictions now and you could win our $100 prize. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which designer will be out next.
Benutty is one of four users to reap 67% accuracy predicting all of the questions in this week's contest, though he broke the tie with his high 10,710 point score thanks to using his special 500 and 200 point bets wisely. Since he is eligible, as per our contest rules, he will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
"The key was really paying attention to Swapnil's season-long story arc," Benutty explains to Gold Derby. "For a few weeks now we watched him become disinterested in the competition and his work, and it reached a head last week when Zac was clearly fed up with his attitude and showed signs of wanting to eliminate him. I felt for sure this was all going to lead to his downfall this week."
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by readers like you, Swapnil only had 13/2 odds (13% chance) of being eliminated. Instead, our contest players thought that either Merline Labissiere (5/6 odds) or Kelly Dempsey (5/1 odds) would be out. Be sure to update YOUR predictions right here.
Speaking of Kelly, Benutty admits that he "personally loves" the Boston designer. "I wanted to see her win so I predicted her to win. I lucked out there. Now I think Kelly is a major threat to win it all. As everyone else continues to falter, she keeps getting better and better."
Check out the overall Season 14 leaderboard to the right. Currently our #1 "Project Runway" predictor is MDent3 with overall 37% accuracy and 15,438 points, but there are still many weeks left to play in our contest and be eligible to win our weekly and overall season prizes. See our contest rules here and don't forget to make YOUR predictions here.
Making your predictions is fun and easy. Just log into your Gold Derby account, or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google. In our "Project Runway" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:
Which designer will be eliminated?
Who will be in the bottom two, but not out?
Which designer will win the challenge?
Who will win 'Project Runway'?
At the end of each week, the eligible contest player with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it's beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.
After logging in, click on the "Predictions" button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby — everything from the Oscars to "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."
Click on any box and then scroll down to start making your predictions. For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. If you click on the "Project Runway" button, you'll see something like this:
To vote for who you think will be out next, drag your chosen designers over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order. Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated.
If the majority of readers think Candice will be out, that means she'll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the contestants who don't receive many predictions have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.
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.
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 continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choice.
Get started by making your prediction as to which designer will be eliminated next. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "Project Runway" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.
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