Second Annual Predict America’s Pick Contest!

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The most fun contest I held last year was Predict America’s Pick.

(At least it was for me, because I got to create a spreadsheet to keep up with the rankings that rose to new levels of complete geekdom.)

So clearly, I want to offer it again.

I almost didn’t make the “deadline”, though, which I completely blame on Downton Abbey – we got hopelessly behind on American Idol due to our extended and obsessive trip to the Abbey.

But once we finished every available episode, we staunchly set our sights on getting caught up on Idol, even though we both pined for Mary, Matthew, and Edith to be the judges and The Dowager Countess to replace Ryan.

(And that’s saying something, since Ryan is on my Top Five Celebrity Crush List.)

On to the contest.

The time has come to choose your rankings.  But not without the promise of great prizes, of course.  This year, I have $400 worth of prizes!!!

Novica, one of my favorite gift-buying sites in all the world, has kindly agreed to sponsor this year’s contest again!  Novica is a fabulous company that partners with National Geographic to help give international artisans access to sell their unique and unbelievably unique creations online.  They have handmade jewelry (my favorite – I wear their jewelry all the time!), unique gifts, home décor, furniture, paintings, and much more.  Every time I go to their site, I literally get lost in the midst of beautiful things for hours.

Some of my favorite Novica purchases have been this fabulous peridot necklace,

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And this  gorgeous necklace and earring set.

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Novica also just opened a gifts and jewelry home party division, NOVICA Live.  It’s a great opportunity to make money and help artisans all around the world through fun parties!

So.  There will be two prizes:  A Winner’s Prize and a Participation Prize.

The Winner’s Prize, a $300 Gift Certificate to Novica.com, will be awarded to the person that is closest in their predictions to what actually occurs in this season’s American Idol.

The Participation Prize, a $100 Gift Certificate to Novica.com, will go to a randomly selected participant in the contest.

So whether you know anything about American Idol or not, you have a chance to win!

How to enter:

To enter to win the $300 Grand Prize:

I have created an entry form with the top 12 contestant’s names on it. All you have to do is put those contestants in order, from 1-12, of how YOU think they will fare in the contest (1 being the winner, and 12 being the first person eliminated).

(You actually don’t even have to watch single episode of Idol to enter – just guess!  You might do better than the rest of us, since America can be a bit unpredictable.)

If you need a handy contestant reference guide, click here.

You only have three days to fill out an entry form – the contest will be closed at the start of the first top 12 performance on Wednesday night, March 14th.

CLICK HERE to go to the entry form.

I will keep up with everyone’s picks and will publish a leaderboard each week after eliminations – there will be a button on my sidebar where you can check the current leaderboard.  The person with the most accurate picks after the final show will win the $300 Gift Certificate!!

If there is a tie, the Grand Prize will go to the person with the most eligible participation prize entries (to be explained below).  If there is still a tie, one of the tying winners will be selected randomly.

To enter to win the $100 Participation Prize:

You can be entered into the participation prize anytime between now and Wednesday evening by helping get the word out about the contest!  You get one entry for each of the following:

  • Tweet, Facebook, or Blog about the contest.
  • Follow NOVICA on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Go to NOVICA.com and see what you would pick if you won.
  • Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Subscribe to or Follow my blog.
  • Enter to win the Grand Prize (your entry for the grand prize counts as one participation entry as well).

*** To get your entries, be sure to leave a comment on this post for each entry that you earned by doing the above items!!! ***

Also, you get FIVE entries for each person that reports that they found out about the contest from you! (There’s a field on the entry form for them to give you credit.)

The $100 Participation winner will be chosen randomly from all of the Participation Entries, and announced THIS THURSDAY, March 15 on my Giveaway Winners Page.  The $300 grand prize winner will be announced after the American Idol Finale in May.

So, Start Entering!!  And Good Luck!!

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for my nice words about NOVICA – my opinions are always my own, and their site is heavenly.

Leave your comment below!

Comments

  1. Kitty Engle says:

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Blog and have gone to Novica.com and now filling out my form after I ponder for a while.

  2. Jamie Robertson says:

    Got my picks in! Thanks, this sounds fun!!

  3. Grand Prize Entry

  4. Kathy McCrae says:

    Grand Prize Entry

  5. Lianne Robinson says:

    Grand Prize Entry

  6. Grand Prize Entry

  7. Margaret Smith says:

    Grand Prize Entry

  8. Eileen Burke says:

    Grand Prize Entry

  9. Susan Smith says:

    Grand Prize Entry

  10. I’m a Facebook follower!

  11. Kitty Engle says:

    Grand Prize Entry.

  12. I shared your contest on Facebook.

  13. I’m now a Novica Facebook follower.

  14. And, I entered for the Grand Prize. Yay! And that’s all:-)

  15. Erica C. says:

    I’d love to get the Liquid Confetti Tumblers from Novica!

  16. Stephy_B says:

    I shared the contest on Facebook!

  17. Stephy_B says:

    I follow you on FB!

  18. Stephy_B says:

    I follow Novica on FB!

  19. Stephy_B says:

    If I won, I would get the “Aurora Borealis” and “Drops of Fire” jewelry sets! I am in need of some jewelry… I have a 15 mo. old that likes to break mine… :)

  20. Stephy_B says:

    I follow your blog!

  21. I follow NOVICA on twitter @smilekisses

  22. I’d get a Wood charango guitar for my daughter.

  23. I follow ObjectivityRach on twitter @smilekisses

  24. Entered for the grand prize.

  25. Okay, I’m entering the Grand Prize entry, but I haven’t watched it once this season. So it is a total guess.

  26. I follow your blog via GFC

  27. Tam Sweeps is a Novica FB Fan!

  28. @tamarsw follows Novica on Twitter!

  29. Follow on Twitter

  30. Follow Novica on Twitter

  31. Grand Prize Entry

  32. I follow you on FB

  33. I would love the Ceramic Crosses, Hope (pair) from Novica.com

  34. Follow Novica on FB

  35. I vowed to stop watching Idol over a year ago.
    This entry is really making me regret that decision… ;)

  36. Grand prize entry

  37. I follow your blog via reader

  38. I follow you on FB

  39. I love the clothes on Novica’s site. Here’s a favorite: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=169725

  40. I posted about the contest on FB

  41. Grand Prize entry

  42. I’d get the snow queen pearl dangle earrings from Novica

  43. Kimberly says:

    I follow you on twitter @Aerated.

  44. Kimberly says:

    I follow Novica on twitter @Aerated.

  45. Kimberly says:
  46. Kimberly says:

    I think I would get a unique piece of accent furniture. The Cedar and leather rocking chair, ‘Nobility’ fits the bill. Thank you!

  47. Brandy Bates says:

    I follow Novica on Facebook

  48. Brandy Bates says:

    I love all of their stuff. The next piece that I would like to own would be the Cedar and leather tray, ‘Breakfast in Bed’

  49. Brandy Bates says:

    I follow this blog on Facebook.

  50. Brandy Bates says:

    I entered to win the Grand Prize.

  51. Brandy Bates says:

    I subscribed to your blog

  52. Elizabeth P says:
  53. Elizabeth P says:

    I follow you on FB

  54. Elizabeth P says:

    I follow your blog

  55. Elizabeth P says:

    And just submitted my guesses. Hopefully I’ll have better luck this year! :)

  56. The jewelry and the handbags are great!

  57. I follow the blog!

  58. I follow on twitter and facebook.

  59. Ok, I made my highly sophisticated picks. I should definitely get some kind of prize if I come in last two years in a row! :)

  60. I Follow NOVICA on Facebook

  61. Gold vermeil peridot solitaire ring, ‘Verdant Nature’ is something I may get.

  62. I follow you

  63. Entered to win the Grand Prize.

  64. Well…since I am not watching Idol this season, I totally guessed on my entry form:). But I FB about the contest…..

  65. I liked NOVICA on FB

  66. There are a lot of cool things on the NOVICA website…in jewelry I like the Blue Petals necklace…. I started scanning some other accessories in scarves and then things from India but realized I might be there a while:)

  67. I already folow you on FB and twitter….

  68. And I follow your blog via blogger…ancient, I know:)….

  69. Alisha L. says:

    Novica FB Fan @Alisha Lesage

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  70. Alisha L. says:

    I like the Glass Vase “Amber Reflections”

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  71. Alisha L. says:

    FB Fan of yours @Alisha Lesage

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  72. Alisha L. says:

    Entered to win the Grand Prize Giveaway

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  73. joseph gersch jr says:

    follow novica on twitter @jtwark

  74. joseph gersch jr says:

    entered to win grand prize

  75. Linda Lansford says:

    Follow NOVICA on Facebook

  76. Linda Lansford says:

    I will buy Sterling silver dangle earrings, ‘Ancient Sun’

  77. Linda Lansford says:

    Entered to win the Grand Prize

  78. I follow you on twitter.

  79. I follow your blog.

  80. I’m your friend on Facebook.

  81. I FB about the contest….

  82. wendy wallach says:

    grand prize entry

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  83. wendy wallach says:

    follow novica on facebook as wendy wallach-zephier

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  84. wendy wallach says:

    follow novica on twitter as @madamerkf
    madamerkf at aol dot com

  85. wendy wallach says:

    follow you on facebook as wendy wallach-zephier

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  86. wendy wallach says:

    follow you on twitter as @madamerkf

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  87. Follow Novica on Facebook – Claire H

  88. Shirley Hodge says:

    Have followed you and Novica on Facebook as Shirley Hodge and Twitter as @mensa63 and have tried to sign on for your email via Yahoo but not sure it it took. It acted funny. Also went to Novica and selected Bamboo boxes, ‘Treasured Gifts’ (set of 3) by Wayan Genep (Bali and Java)
    They are gorgeous. Made my 1-13 selections via the: by gosh and by golly method.
    Fingers crossed here and lucky charm activated.

  89. Krystal R says:

    RT’d your contest post

  90. Krystal R says:

    Follow Novica on Twitter

  91. Krystal R says:

    Follow you on Twitter

  92. Krystal R says:

    Would get these gorgeous green earrings http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=179972

  93. Krystal R says:

    Entered for the Grand Prize… although I will be taking a look at your guide and guessing. :)

  94. Krystal R says:

    Subscribed via Google Reader

  95. I filled out form
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  96. tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/Ardy22/status/179702430324375554
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  97. shared fb
    http://www.facebook.com/richard.hicks22/posts/327923267256208
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  98. follow novica twitter
    ardy22
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  99. follow novica fb
    richard hicks
    -brich22 at earthlink dot net

  100. might pick Wood sculpture, ‘Loving Family’ from novica

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  101. follow you twitter
    ardy22
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  102. follow you fb
    richard hicks
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  103. subscribe rss via google reader
    richard hicks

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  104. Entered to win the grand prize.

  105. I’d pick the red sunflower fan mirror.

  106. like novica on fb: julie hawkins

  107. like you on fb: julie hawkins

  108. google rss subscriber heidho5150 at gmail dot com

  109. I Follow NOVICA on Facebook

  110. I follow NOVICA on Twitter.

  111. From their site, I love the Beaded necklace called ‘Verdant Floral Chic’, the Sterling silver flower earrings called ‘Thai Flora’, and the Cotton wall hanging called ‘Bamboo Whisper’

  112. I follow your blog :)

  113. I follow you on fb.

  114. I entered to win the grand prize. Thanks!

  115. Lisa Garner says:
  116. Lisa Garner says:

    I like Novica on Facebook user Lisa Garner.

  117. Lisa Garner says:

    I would like to get the Cotton top, ‘Glorious Paisley’ by Ritu Agnihotri if I won.

  118. Lisa Garner says:

    I like you on Facebook user Lisa Garner.

  119. grand prize entry

  120. Of course, I follow you on facebook

  121. And I commented on facebook

  122. Follow NOVICA on Facebook

  123. and I read your blog

  124. I would pick some of that snazzy jewelry, but don’t make me pick now, pretty please.

  125. I follow Novica on facebook.

  126. I follow Novica on twitter, harvester5905

  127. I like you on facebook.

  128. I follow you on twitter, harvester5905

  129. joseph gersch jr says:

    if i won i would choose the Cotton wall hanging, ‘Brown Bamboo’

  130. joseph gersch jr says:

    folllow you twitter @jtwark

  131. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…Like NOVICA / Facebook: bryan eason

  132. brian e. says:

    Following NOVICA via Twitter: @brianpiero

  133. brian e. says:

    Following YOU via Twitter: @brianpiero

  134. brian e. says:

    Like Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life / FB: bryan eason

  135. brian e. says:

    Entered to win the Grand Prize via entry form !

  136. Michelle Tucker says:

    Follow NOVICA on Facebook
    Michelle Tucker
    michedt at yahoo . com

  137. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d like to have the Cotton blend hobo shoulder bag, ‘Lotus Elephant Forest’
    michedt at yahoo . com

  138. Michelle Tucker says:

    Follow (Like) via Facebook Michelle Tucker
    michedt at yahoo . com

  139. Michelle Tucker says:

    Entered to win the Grand Prize
    michedt at yahoo . com

  140. Michelle Tucker says:

    Follow via RSS yahoo reader
    michedt at yahoo . com

  141. Well, my picks no longer matter. Just found out that Jermaine Jones has been removed from the contest due to undisclosed outstanding warrants for his arrest. Oh well…

    • I’m trying to decide on the fairest way to handle this situation. Either he will come in as 12th, or I will delete his entire column from counting altogether. I’m thinking the latter is the most mathematically fair way to do it. No worries!!

  142. Cotton skirt, ‘Summer Night’.

  143. Charlene Kuser says:

    I am following Novica on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

  144. Charlene Kuser says:

    I would get the Leather and cotton handbag, ‘Just My Size’ from Novica

  145. Charlene Kuser says:

    I am following you on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

  146. Charlene Kuser says:

    I entered to win the Grand Prize

  147. heather c says:

    Grand Prize entry

  148. I like Novica on FB (Sarah Smile).

  149. I follow Novica on Twitter (@mail4rosey).

  150. I like you on FB (Sarah Smile).

  151. I follow you on Twitter (mail4rosey).

  152. Peggy Chandler says:

    Peridot solitaire ring, ‘Shimmering Fruit’
    Following Novica on Twitter, Following Grasping for Objectivity on Twitter, Subscribed to Grasping for Objectivity blog, Don’t know anything about American Idol this year :-(

  153. Peggy Chandler says:

    Following Novica on Twitter

  154. Peggy Chandler says:

    Following Grasping for Objectivity on Twitter

  155. Peggy Chandler says:

    I am Following Grasping for Objectivity on Twitter

  156. Peggy Chandler says:

    Subscribed to grasping for Objectivity blog

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