‘American Idol’ cliffhanger: Who will be eliminated in Top 8 Week?

According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, it’s going to be lights out for either Qaasim Middleton or Quentin Alexander on “American Idol” this week. Do you agree or disagree with those odds? Hurry — make your predictions now and you could win our weekly prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy!

Based on our odds, Qaasim is the likeliest to get the boot with 8/13 odds, followed by Quentin in second place with 9/2 odds, Rayvon Owen in third place with 12/1 odds and then Joey Cook in fourth place with 33/1 odds.

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The other four singers — Nick Fradiani, Tyanna Jones, Jax and Clark Beckham — all have 100/1 odds of being eliminated in Top 8 Week, essentially making them the four frontrunners to win Season 14.

Should I take a chance and risk my 500 point super bet on Nick, Tyanna, Jax or Clark? (You also get two big bets of 200 points each every week; the other questions are set at 100 points per.) If I bet my 500 points on any of these frontrunners and they turn out to be the contestant who is eliminated, I will earn a whopping 50,000 points. This is where the strategy — and fun — comes into play here at Gold Derby when making your weekly forecasts.

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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 received the lowest number of votes (and won the Judges’ Save) in Top 11 Week, he was #5 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.

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

It’s fair to say of this season’s eliminations, our readers correctly saw the past three (Adanna, Maddie and Daniel) coming a mile away. That doesn’t bode well for either Qaasim or Quentin for Top 8 Week.

Where do you fall on our overall Season 14 leaderboard?

For the entire season so far, JB is in first place with 63% prediction accuracy, followed by Phoenix and Amikala tied for second place with 56% accuracy, although their point scores are different as Phoenix has 11,410 points and Amikala has 1,555 points.

Frequent contest winner Denton is in fourth place with 50% accuracy, and then there’s a three-way tie for fifth place, as Magic 8 Ball, Povalles and KyleBailey all have 44% 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 all four of this week’s questions (see complete predix). However, his point total (400) is lower than KING’s point total (5,000) for the specific episode as KING was able to lock in better odds throughout the week.

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.

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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 Joey 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.

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. 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, 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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