Wednesday, March 22, 2006

One on the Chin - Speed dial your favorite American Idol

So, an hour ago I called a friend and predicted that Elliott, Lisa, and Bucky would be tonight's bottom three on American Idol, and that Bucky would go home. Lo and behold, someone else agrees!

Actually, it's more than someone else. DialIdol is apparently a site and program that tracks the busy signals for each contestant as it uses modems to speed-dial their numbers. Based on the ratio of busy to not-busy for each contestant, it predicts (with some but not perfect accuracy, thus far) which contestants will be eliminated.

Tonight's picks agree with my own in all but one respect: I have Bucky going home, not Elliott. I guess we'll know soon!

More interesting, perhaps, is that we can see how all of the contestants appear to be doing. Would you guess that Taylor would be first? Or that Kellie would be second? Or that my projected final four of Chris Daughtry, Mandisa, Katharine McPhee, and Paris Bennett would be 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively?

I've been saying for a while that there are seven good finalists and the rest should be eliminated before them, but it looks like Ace--who DialIdol has in 5th--may outlast what his talent would indicate, at Elliott's expense. And Kevin looks to be safe from the bottom three for another week, though his numbers and Bucky's are pretty close, within the site's reported 2 percent margin of error.

Assuming this site stays alive (the producers are understandably not pleased with it) it will be interesting to see how accurate it turns out to be!


McKenzie said...

Obviously not that accurate.

Richard said...

Poor little Kevin.

Still, the site did predict two of the bottom three--but then again, so did I, without benefit of a sophisticated computer program.

What would have been really nice is if they could have just kicked off the entire bottom three--do you really want to hear any of them sing again?