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The HTF BIG BROTHER 8 Top Ten Challenge *** Patrick Sun Wins! ***

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by RAF, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. RAF

    RAF Well-Known Member

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    *** FINAL *** Scores (low score wins)
    as of Wednesday September 19, 2007

    48 RyanAn
    39 Patrick Sun ***WINNER (via tiebreaker)***
    47 RAF
    42 NYSandy
    39 mike caronia
    40 phil-w
    46 Randy B A
    40 Joseph S
    44 Dheiner


    Congratulations to Patrick Sun for winning via the tie breaker. Neither he nor mike caronia had Dick in their Top Ten, but Patrick picked 2nd place finalist Daniele to finish 1st which was closer than mike's prediction that she would finish 9th.


    LINK TO CURRENT EXCEL SPREADSHEET HERE
    (requires MS Excel or spreadsheet utility to view)
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    Based on the favorable response to the "Top Ten Challenge" format that we introduced with American Idol 6 I am setting up a Top Ten Challenge for Big Brother 8. The program starts tonight (July 5, 2007) so it's time for those interested to start doing their homework. You have a little over 1 week to do some research and you can go to the Official Big Brother 8 web site here to get some information.

    For those not familiar with the format, a "Top Ten Challenge" involves entrants picking the order in which they believe that the top ten finalists of a reality program will finish once the smoke clears. The rules are spelled out below which should clarify most of this.

    Here are rules (as developed for the American Idol 6 contest and refined by the HTF participants):
    • Only ONE entry per member.
    • List your top ten in numerical order (1-10).
    • Your list must be unique. No duplicate lists allowed. For duplicate lists, first submission gets that list.
    • Once you submit a list, it is FINAL. No edited lists are allowed (unless your original list is invalid due to a mistake or a duplication.)
    • Scoring is as follows: You are assigned 1 point for each position that your prediction is away from the final position of each contestant. For example, if you predict a contestant to come in 3rd and he or she comes in 7th you get 4 points. If that contestant comes in 12th you get 9 points. A 2nd place finish gets you 1 point. And so forth.
    • Lowest total points wins (with a score of 0 points being the best possible score.)
    • In the event of a tie the contest winner will be the entrant who was the fewest spots away from picking the winner. If it's still a tie, then we'll move down the list and determine who was closest to predicting the second spot, and so on, until the tie is eventually broken.
    Entries close at 8:00p.m. EDT on Friday, July 13, 2007. No exceptions please.


    Here are a couple of words of explanation regarding this particular contest and the rationale behind the setup.
    • Since there are, according to the Big Brother 8 web site, fourteen entrants and you are picking a top ten there will be some contestants that you will not be picking. This will not change the scoring as indicated above. You choose only ten contestants and some might not even make it to the top ten (which adds a bit more of a challenge to the contest.)
    • Big Brother, as many of these reality shows, is known for its unpredictability so it is quite possible that an ousted house member might return. This past season on American Idol 6 two contestants were voted off the same night so instead of a "5th" and "6th" position we decided to assign two "5.5" positions for the purposes of scoring. That's why the rules clearly specify the "final" position of ouster for each contestant. It's not over until it's over, and who knows what twists this season will bring? And if there are unforeseen circumstances we will make a determination that will be fair to all entrants as much as possible. (Otherwise we will return your entry fee [​IMG] ).
    • I realize that this is short notice regarding the start of Big Brother 8 (it kind of snuck up on me) but you still have about a week to make your selections. The format allows for a huge number of valid entrants (I hope it remains manageable) so you don't have to worry about getting your entry in quickly so that your favorable house member is at the top of your list. The only restriction is that no two lists submitted may be identical. In that case, the one with the earliest submission is accepted and the other submission must be revised by the deadline.
    • We all know that the descriptions provided by web sites are often misleading (sometimes intentionally I often suspect to make the show more intriguing) and that there is no substitute for actually seeing the house guests and listening to what comes out of their mouths. That's why I provide a bit of a preview period and the deadline won't be until a week from Friday. This also lets us see if there are some special situations that we must take into account before making our final choices.
    • The choice of Friday July 13, 2007 for entries is not really as arbitrary as it might first appear. (And no, it has nothing to do with spilling salt, or walking under ladders, or black cats crossing your path). I will be attending the HTF EMA Event in Las Vegas the following week and a 07/13/07 deadline will allow me time to see everything up before I leave. While I'm confident that I will have Internet Access there I'm not sure how much time I'll have to actually monitor the contest during that time. It also turns out that scoring will not actually begin until after the conference (based on the usual procedure of one houseguest going home each week) so this works out quite conveniently.
    There are probably other things that I haven't thought of but we can deal with them as the show progresses. The one thing that I ask of all entrants (other than making sure that their list is unique) is that you follow the following format when submitting your entry:

    01. House guest
    02. House guest
    03. House guest
    04. House guest
    05. House guest
    06. House guest
    07. House guest
    08. House guest
    09. House guest
    10. House guest

    This will help me when I set up the spreadsheet to monitor the scoring.

    And (if the Big Brother 8 web site is accurate) it appears that no house guests share the same first name (unless there are some surprises during Week #1). Therefore I am asking that you please limit your lists to first names only. Here's an alphabetical listing of all house guests at the moment:

    Amber
    Carol
    Daniele
    Dick
    Dustin
    Eric
    Jameka
    Jen
    Jessica
    Joe
    Kail
    Mike
    Nick
    Zach

    Please submit your entries using the above terminology and not any nicknames that might surface during the show (especially if Howie ever shows up in the house again!)

    So ladies and gents - start your engines (or fire up your DVRs). Watch the show, do your homework and get your entries in before the 7/13 deadline.

    Good luck!

    Updated suggestion: Obviously, most people entering would probably like to wait until next Thursday evening (7/12/07) to see who gets voted out of the house. That's fully understandable and not a problem. However, in order to make adminstration of these things a bit easier I would appreciate it if potential entrants would be kind enough to post PLACEHOLDERS (as several members have already done). This will let us see what size pool we are dealing with and would be appreciated. Remember, your list submission doesn't become "Official" (and final) until you actually submit the list, not the placeholder. The date and time of your list submission will determine who gets the list in cases of duplicate entries. The submission of a PLACEHOLDER is not a requirement to submit a list, just a courtesy.

    Thank you.
     
  2. RyanAn

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    01. Eric
    02. Kail
    03. Dustin
    04. Nick
    05. Jameka
    06. Dick
    07. Daniele
    08. Amber
    09. Joe
    10. Zach

    I'm gonna be so wrong, but I'm gonna pick Eric to win it!
     
  3. RAF

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    Thanks, RyanAn. Duly noted. With all the twists and turns I fully expect a lot of people to go in different directions with their selections - especially since there are the 11 "regulars" and the 3 "enemy" house guests. Who knows who will make the top ten, let alone the final order of finish. Kudos for starting the ball rolling. I fully expect it to pick up momentum by late Thursday (7/12). Friday should be a busy day for me as I set everything up.
     
  4. Patrick Sun

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    1 Daniele
    2 Amber
    3 Eric
    4 Nick
    5 Dustin
    6 Zach
    7 Kail
    8 Mike
    9 Joe
    10 Jameka
     
  5. RAF

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    Good idea, Patrick! While the order of a member's entry isn't an advantage (other than in case of a duplicate list then the one who submits it first, chronologically, gets that list) having potential entrants submit PLACEholder notices will at least let me set up the spreadsheet and have at least a rough estimate regarding the number of entrants this season.

    Accordingly,

    consider this my PLACEHOLDER.

    (I'm going to go over to the BB8 thread and suggest placeholders to the group).

    And now, my picks:

    01. Nick
    02. Kail
    03. Eric
    04. Mike
    05. Zach
    06. Jameka
    07. Danielle
    08. Dick
    09. Dustin
    10. Amber
     
  6. NYSandy

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    01. Kail
    02. Eric
    03. Jameka
    04. Daniele
    05. Amber
    06. Mike
    07. Dustin
    08. Zach
    09. Dick
    10. Jessica
     
  7. mike caronia

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    OK.....definitely not the order I WANT to see them come in, but Dick is a goner next week no matter what..

    1. nick
    2. dustin
    3. jameka
    4. eric
    5. amber
    6. zach
    7. jen
    8. mike
    9. danielle
    10. joe
     
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    PLACEHOLDER

    Entry not submitted by deadline
     
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    1.Zack
    2. Kail
    3. Nick
    4.Mike
    5.Danielle
    6. Eric
    7.Amber
    8. Jameka
    9. Joe
    10.Jenn
     
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    I guess I will Get in

    01. Nick
    02. Eric
    03. Carol
    04. Mike
    05. Zach
    06. Amber
    07. Daniele
    08. Dustin
    09. Kail
    10. Jessica
     
  11. Joseph S

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    1. Jen [​IMG] (Chilltown's tribute to Janelle)
    2. Kail
    3. Danielle
    4. Eric
    5. Dick
    6. Nick
    7. Amber
    8. Jameka
    9. Jessica
    10. Zach
     
  12. RAF

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    Yes, all of Jen's "assets" seem to reside below her neck, Joseph.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks for the entry. 9 and counting at this point (assuming all placeholders are eventually replaced with actual lists). I'll post a link to an Excel spreadsheet once the deadline (tonight at 8 EDT) has passed.

    Good luck all...
     
  13. Dheiner

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    1.Nick
    2.Mike
    3.Eric
    4.Danielle
    5.Dustin
    6.Amber
    7.Kail
    8.Jessica
    9.Joe
    10.Jameka
     
  14. RAF

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    O.K. The entries are now closed. We have a small "select" group of nine (9) participants and a wide open contest due to a pool of 14 house members for the top ten (although everyone but Randy BA chose to wait until Carol was evicted before posting. I'm going to list the current scores (probably updated each Thursday unless I'm away and have to wait to watch the show on my DVR) at the top of the first message in this thread. There will also be a link to an Excel Spreadsheet if you wish to see a breakdown of everybody's scores.

    Since the group is small, here's a summary of everyone's picks (cut and pasted from the spreadsheet). All lists are unique.

    Good luck, all!!

    RyanAn
    1 Eric
    2 Kail
    3 Dustin
    4 Nick
    5 Jameka
    6 Dick
    7 Daniele
    8 Amber
    9 Joe
    10 Zach

    Patrick Sun
    1 Daniele
    2 Amber
    3 Eric
    4 Nick
    5 Dustin
    6 Zach
    7 Kail
    8 Mike
    9 Joe
    10 Jameka

    RAF
    1 Nick
    2 Kail
    3 Eric
    4 Mike
    5 Zach
    6 Jameka
    7 Daniele
    8 Dick
    9 Dustin
    10 Amber

    NYSandy
    1 Kail
    2 Eric
    3 Jameka
    4 Daniele
    5 Amber
    6 Mike
    7 Dustin
    8 Zach
    9 Dick
    10 Jessica

    mike caronia
    1 Nick
    2 Dustin
    3 Jameka
    4 Eric
    5 Amber
    6 Zach
    7 Jessica
    8 Mike
    9 Daniele
    10 Joe

    phil-w
    1 Zach
    2 Kail
    3 Nick
    4 Mike
    5 Daniele
    6 Eric
    7 Amber
    8 Jameka
    9 Joe
    10 Jen

    Randy B A
    1 Nick
    2 Eric
    3 Carol
    4 Mike
    5 Zach
    6 Amber
    7 Daniele
    8 Dustin
    9 Kail
    10 Jessica

    Joseph S
    1 Jen
    2 Kail
    3 Daniele
    4 Eric
    5 Dick
    6 Nick
    7 Amber
    8 Jameka
    9 Jessica
    10 Zach

    Dheiner
    1 Nick
    2 Mike
    3 Eric
    4 Daniele
    5 Dustin
    6 Amber
    7 Kail
    8 Jessica
    9 Joe
    10 Jameka
     
  15. RAF

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    As of 07/26/07 (after the eviction show) Joseph_S is the only entrant with a perfect (00) score.
     
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    With Nick gone (chosen in the top 4 by seven of the contestants and first by four!) the points are going up quickly.) Joseph S continues to lead with NYSandy moving up to 2nd. We are now in the top ten so things will continue to get more interesting.

    Stay tuned....
     
  17. RAF

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    And then there were nine house guests. Joseph S continues to lead with NYSandy still in second. This week's evictee was another member favorite with the majority here picking that person to finish either 1st or 2nd.

    The plot thickens....
     
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    Joseph_S and NYSandy continue to run one-two in the Top Ten Challenge. Now that the field is narrowing to only eight house guests the contest gets more interesting. Those members who have already had house guests on their list eliminated will have weeks when they get zero points (a good thing!) when a house guest is eliminated that is not on their list, so this race is far from over....
     
  19. RAF

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    NYSandy takes over first place now that Jen has been eliminated. Joseph S drops into second. More to come...
     
  20. RAF

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    NYSandy continues to lead, but now by only 1 point over Joseph S as we get down to the nitty-gritty. Lots of people got it close (some even on the mark!) with Amber's eviction.

    Note: Next week's eviction was announced as being a double eviction. If that is the case and there is no clear distinction between who is #6 and who is #5 (i.e. if they both go together) then I will assign a "score" of 5.5 to each evictee in the quinella. Since I will be at CEDIA and not be able to view the show until I return the following week it might take some time to sort this all out (I'll probably know the results but perhaps not the sequence). In any event all should be updated in this thread by Tuesday, September 11 or so.
     

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