Bruce L. Shlager, aka "Brulash82," edged out the rest of our users to win our weekly "So You Think You Can Dance" predictions contest, for which he received a $100 Amazon gift certificate. He answered three out of four questions correctly (75%) and scored 9,854 game points as the result of his savvy betting. That result currently places him fifth on our overall leaderboard after two weeks of predictions.
Shlager is 66-years-old and lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he works for a local adult literacy program. "Since my retirement from full-time work," he says, "I have more time to be with my family, some of whom are avid reality show viewers. I watch some reality shows … and enjoy predicting with the help of my family."
His winning strategy for making predictions: "Since I became familiar with Gold Derby, I realize that it pays to make predictions as early in the week as possible to help get better odds. I watch the dancers and listen carefully to the judges' comments." That led him to predict the elimination of Moises Parra from Team Stage and that Kate Harpootlian (Stage) and Ariana Crowder (Street) would be among the bottom contestants, but safe.
It was his bet on Harpootlian that pushed him over the top in our contest. She had 16/1 odds at the time Shlager locked in his choice, and he used his 500-point big bet on her, yielding an 8,000-point payout.
Since we use those point totals to break ties when more than one user has the top prediction accuracy, don't take them for granted. Every week, you can make two bets of 200 points and one bet of 500 points to take advantage of our racetrack odds and try to win big like Shlager did. You can change your predictions and your bets throughout the week as often as you'd like, but be mindful that predictions close on Monday night at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific), right before the show starts.
This week, Shlager's betting big on major surprises. He says Edson Juarez will get the boot from Team Stage; Juarez currently has 11/2 odds of elimination, but when Shlager made his prediction, he had 25/1 odds, and that's where he's placing his 500-point big bet.
He's also predicting a surprise elimination on Team Street. Struggling b-boy Asaf Goren is the overwhelming favorite to be sent packing, but Shlager is betting 200 points on Jessica "J.J." Rabone at 25/1 odds. If he's right on both counts, he'll earn a whopping 17,500 points.
Do you agree with him?
In our "So You Think You Can Dance" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:
Which STAGE dancer will be eliminated?
Which STREET dancer will be eliminated?
Which STAGE dancer will be in the bottom but safe?
Which STREET dancer will be in the bottom but safe?
Who will win 'So You Think You Can Dance'?
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.
Which dancers do you like (and dislike) the most? Are you on Team Stage or Team Street? Sound off in the comments section below, and join the discussion in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.