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,


And this  gorgeous necklace and earring set.


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, 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, 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 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.

161 thoughts on “Second Annual Predict America’s Pick Contest!

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

  2. 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… :)

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

  4. 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’

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

  6. 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:)

  7. 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.

  8. 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’

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

  10. 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…

    1. 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!!

  11. 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 :-(

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