"Ashley Nell Tipton is far out in front for me and my early favorite to win the whole season," says SamEckmann, our $100 contest winner for predicting Episode 2 of "Project Runway." Can you take down this top-scoring user next week? Hurry — make your own predictions 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'll be out next.
Congratulations to Eckmann for earning a top 100% score in this week's contest. He's the only user to reap perfect accuracy predicting all of the questions for Episode 2, titled "It's All in the Cards."
"I'm surprised I did so well," admits this 26-year-old actor from New York, NY. "I watch 'Project Runway' as someone who is fairly inept when it comes to fashion, so I went in with the assumption I'd get everything wrong!"
As for why he thinks Ashley will win Season 14, Eckmann explains, "The dress she created in the first episode was so unique, no other contestant came close to the bar she set. I can see every girl in Brooklyn clamoring to wear her clothes."
How did Eckmann do so well in his predictions for episode 2? Here's what he had to say during our recent sit-down:
"I put Ashley in second place to win the challenge since she won the first week. It's a little early in the season to be having back-to-back winners, no matter how great she is. So I went with Edmond as the winner. The judges liked him in the first episode, and he seemed like a person who would actually take criticism to heart and come back with something they would love.
"I hate to admit it, but my guess that Amanda would be in the bottom but safe was kind of a fluke. I just looked at which contestants didn't score well on the first challenge, and went with my gut. Somehow, my stab in the dark proved successful!
"I came close to predicting that Blake would be the eliminated contestant. But they gave him so much screen time, and seemed to be setting him up as a bigger player this season. David, on the other hand, didn't make much of an impact in the first episode, and made more sense as an early elimination. I would have eliminated Blake, personally. His designs have been my least favorite. Even I, with my lack of fashion knowledge, can see that the crazy clown dress he created the first episode was a complete disaster."
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 user 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.
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.
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 Emmys to "Big Brother" and "So You Think You Can Dance."
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 users think Gabrielle 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.
Photo: Ashley Nell Tipton. Credit: Lifetime Entertainment Services