While I would think that Suzanne has to be the favorite after last night's performances I have to say that I'm rooting for Kris to pull the upset (nothing against Suzanne of course.) We all thought that David Archuletta was going to romp over David Cook last year and look what happened there, so it's still up in the air.
Good luck to both of you.
And, in anticipation of the winner and sending out the DVD prize package, would both you and Suzanne (if she's reading this) please send me an e-mail with your mailing address so that I can get the ball rolling as soon as the winner is announced? The best e-mail to reach me at is
It's official! Larry*P overtook SuzanneB in the final strides of the contest to win the DVD Prize Package. I've already received his mailing information and have made arrangements for Moderator Adam G. to send out the discs at his earliest convenience. Full details and final stats are in the first message in this thread.
This was another exciting contest and shows how competitive our contest format is. As a case in point, Larry was able to win it all even though his top choice, Alexis, didn't even make it into the top ten! After Week #2 of the competition he must have thought that he was dead in the water. All the old sayings apply here. "It ain't over 'til it's over" and "It's not how you drive but how you arrive" immediately come to mind (among others).
Congratulations to all who participated in this year's contest. We will be back again next January for American Idol #9. In the meanwhile we are looking into the possibility of offering a similar format contest for the Upcoming Big Brother 11 as soon as I can iron out all the details. It supposedly starts in July, 2009 and will offer a similar format to the American Idol HTF Top Ten Challenges. As mentioned earlier in these threads, shows like American Idol and Big Brother occur in "real time" whereas shows like The Amazing Race and Survivor are filmed well in advance of their air dates (except for the Survivor Final Show). Because of this and the fact that insider information is often leaked they are not good candidates for our Top Ten Challenges.
See you either next year for American Idol #08 or for Big Brother #11 in July (with entries probably opening in late June, 2009). Watch the forum for any pertinent announcements in this regard.
Neither did I in Position #5 Patrick. The lack of Kris in our top tens actually worked in our favor since there was no point penalty when he won. And that's one of the things that makes this format so interesting as a contest concept. Of course we took a scoring hit for naming someone in place of Kris who never made the top ten. It's not just about picking the top ten, but the positions of your picks. Larry's win was even more impressive because his top pick, Alexis, was voted out in 11th place!
And congratulations for winning the top "non-prize" for the ineligible contestants squeaking by me by a single point!
I really thought that you were a shoo-in to win as the contest progressed, Suzanne. Your picks were spot on and it really looked like you had backed the probable winner Adam. Larry's performance was significant because after his top choice Alexis was voted off in position number 11 I'm sure he, as most people, didn't think that he stood any chance at all to win the prize. But that's what I love about the format of our modest little contest. You are never really out of it if you falter in the early rounds. The only real way to assure a win would be to pick the top ten in the correct sequence and that's a LOT harder to do than some people might think at first glance. And that, to me, makes for a most interesting contest and why I love the format. It's always things with a simple concept but also lots of possibilities that make for great entertainment be it contests, puzzles, games or movies. Easy to learn and hard to master.
Thanks for your participation. We'll be back next season and I'm currently looking into Big Brother #11 as a possible summer "event" here at the HTF. I just have to check the schedule (it starts in early July) and the format of the show this year (number of house guests and other particulars) before committing to an HTF contest. We've done it in the past and I think that there's a good chance that we can do this again. As mentioned elsewhere, we need to concentrate on events that are based on "real time" shows and not on TV "reality" shows that are concluded several months before they air - for obvious reasons.