Predict America’s Pick Contest – $250 in Prizes!


I was skeptical about this season’s American Idol.

Could it continue without Simon?

I knew I wouldn’t miss Kara for a tenth of a second, but Simon… he made the show.  The only person that would be more of an unforgivable loss than Simon would be Ryan, whom I might have a so-obsessive-that-I-dream-about-him tiny TV-Crush on.

If Ryan ever quits the show, I’m quitting it too.

But I was surprised by this season – pleasantly so.  The show has actually been more … calming.  Without Simon around, the judges are still entertaining, but they’re never cruelly blunt.  It’s a happier place now, and I do like happy places.

Plus, I’m eternally entertained by the fact that one of the judges is the spitting image of an older and even more washed up Captain Jack Sparrow…

Steven Tyler Captain Jack Sparrow

And so, to celebrate a fun new type of Idol, I’ve decided to have a contest!

And, since no contest is complete without prizes, I made sure that the prizes are FANTASTIC.

(I’m totally wishing I could win, but I can’t, lucky for you!!)

NOVICAY’all know how much I adore NOVICA – I feel like I talk about them all of the time.  But in case you’ve missed it, NOVICA is an AMAZING site full of millions of things that I want to own, and I promise that you will, too.

Partnered with National Geographic, NOVICA connects artisans all over the world with us through their awesomely easy-to-use website and their NOVICA Live home shows.  And I am constantly stunned by their surprisingly affordable prices!  My favorites are their necklaces and earrings – I’ve bought several, and the quality is amazing!!  In fact, I’m wearing one of my favorite NOVICA items in my latest Twitter/Facebook picture.

They have so many things that I have literally spent hours browsing their site.  But if you don’t have time for that, they have a great Unique Gifts page that helps categorize and sort their products for finding the perfect gift – for someone else or yourself!

So.  NOVICA has graciously agreed to sponsor this contest… are you ready for this?

The GRAND PRIZE, which will go to the winner of the contest, is a $200 NOVICA Gift Certificate!!!!

And the Participation Prize, which will go to one randomly chosen participant in the contest, is a $50 NOVICA Gift Certificate!

I’m so excited to be able to offer you such a significant amount of money with which to explore the worlds of awesomeness at NOVICA.

So.. here’s how it’s going to work:

To enter to win the $200 Grand Prize:

I have created an entry form with the top 13 contestant’s names on it. All you have to do is put those contestants in order, from 1-13, of how YOU think they will fare in the contest (1 being the winner, and 13 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.)

You only have six days in which to fill out an entry form – the contest will be closed at the start of the first top 13 performance – Wednesday night, March 9th.

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.  The person with the most accurate picks after the final show will win the $200 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 $50 Participation Prize:

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

  • Tweet about the contest, linking back to this post.
  • Facebook about the contest, linking back to this post.
  • Blog about the contest, linking back to this post.
  • Follow NOVICA on Facebook or Twitter.
  • 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).

*** 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 says they found out about the contest from you! (There’s a field on the entry form for them to give you credit.)

The Participation winner will be chosen randomly from all of the Participation Entries.

And now that I’ve completely confused everyone…

Start Entering!!  And Good Luck!!

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

Leave your comment below!


  1. I follow you on facebook.

  2. I follow your blog.

  3. I entered the grand prize drawing, although there is NO way that I’m going to get that right!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I follow your blog

  5. I follow your blog

  6. I follow you on facebook too :)

  7. Really, I’m practically a stalker :) I have to admit, I stop watching Idol after they settle on the top competitors. I’m one of those people who really does prefer to see all the crazies come out than to watch the actual competition. I’ll still enter though – maybe I’m a lucky guesser :)

  8. Amanda Bosque says:

    I entered to win the Grand Prize! We used to be big American Idol fans, then stopped watching for a few seasons. We’ve been keeping up with it this year and are really enjoying it!

    P.S. I would love, love, love to win :)

  9. Amanda Bosque says:

    I follow NOVICA on Facebook and Twitter.

  10. Amanda Bosque says:

    I, of course, follow you on Facebook and Twitter :)

  11. Amanda Bosque says:

    I also follow your blog!

  12. Amanda Bosque says:

    I shared the contest on Facebook.

  13. Amanda Bosque says:

    I tweeted the contest :)

  14. Stephy_B says:

    I shared the contest on Facebook!

  15. Stephy_B says:

    I follow your blog!

  16. Stephy_B says:

    I tweeted the contest!

  17. Stephy_B says:

    I “liked” Novica on FB!

  18. Stephy_B says:

    I follow you on FB (& Twitter)!

  19. Okay, well I have never seen this show in my life but I made my predictions. :)

  20. And I follow your blog.

  21. And on Facebook.

  22. I’m a blog subscriber

  23. I follow you on facebook

  24. Bethany says:

    I follow your blog!

  25. Bethany says:

    I entered the Grand prize, but highly doubt I will even be close. ;)

  26. I follow you on facebook!

  27. I also follow your blog!

  28. Jennifer says:

    I entered for the Grand Prize, even though I haven’t watched a second of the show in several seasons.

  29. Jennifer says:

    I follow you on Facebook and Twitter

  30. Jennifer says:

    I follow your blog

  31. I follow your blog

  32. I also follow you on facebook

  33. I entered for the Grand Prize – wow, that was hard!

  34. I shared on Facebook

  35. Kitty Engle says:

    OK, I make a guess out of the blue.

  36. Elizabeth Hostetler says:

    I follow your blog! (Although I’m a lurker) :)

  37. Elizabeth Hostetler says:

    I also follow you on facebook.

  38. Elizabeth Hostetler says:

    And I entered to win the Grand Prize. Oh, and even though I have a awesome new found appreciation for Steven Tyler, Jack Sparrow is way hotter. :)

  39. I entered for the Grand Prize.

  40. I LIKE you on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo

  41. I LIKE Novica on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo

  42. I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

  43. I entered for the grand prize!

  44. I put a status on Facebook telling about the contest.

  45. I updated Twitter about the contest!

  46. I follow you on Twitter

  47. I announced your contest on fb.

  48. I follow your blog.

  49. I follow you on fb.

  50. I entered to win the Grand Prize. This is going to be an interesting season. No Sanjaya or equivalent this year!

  51. I follow you on Twitter.

  52. I follow you on facebook.

  53. I follow your blog ;).

  54. Just entered – I’m impressed you created that form. I’d have no.clue. how to do that.

  55. Entered the main contest.

  56. Cupcake_Forum follows Novica on Twitter.

  57. I follOw your blog. But not American Idol (never seen it!). So my picks were based on a random pattern of my own :)

  58. I also follow you on FB and twitter

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