Top 7 projection and Twitter sentiment

Name WNTS Rating Popularity Order Safe Probability
Clark 80 47.0 5 98.0%
Tyanna 84 13.0 6 97.2%
Joey 50 10.0 4 69.5%
Quentin 60 7.0 3 61.0%
JAX 45 13.0 1 58.9%
Rayvon 43 2.0 7 58.1%
Nick 48 9.0 2 54.1%

Final update: Joey sticks at down 7 points from last week, but she’s still 4th most popular. Nevertheless, she falls out of safe territory. Nick falls a little, and overtakes Rayvon as the least safe (but not by much).

Update 2: Rayvon falls as Jax rises. Still no confident picks, but Rayvon is now the least safe.

Update: new numbers. Also, the fit in the Top 7 is somewhat better using data the Top 10 to the Top 6. In that case, gender becomes less significant, as does performance order. Jax rises one slot, as does Quentin, whose numbers were lagging a bit. Joey’s popularity is still down 7 points from last week, and Tyanna’s 6 points up.

Green = projected safe, yellow = too close to call

Hear me out.

First of all, nobody is even close to being called in the bottom 2 outside the margin of error. The model is not projecting Jax is in the bottom 2. Nope.


Historically speaking, Jax is not in good territory. First, she is a woman, and AI voters just don’t seem to like those. Her performance of Poker Face was not particularly well received (I thought it was marginally better than the rest of the internet did). And while she’s fairly popular on Votefair, she isn’t overwhelmingly so. She trails Joey, for instance.

What tips the scales somewhat against Jax is that she went first, which ain’t the best place to be. Now, you could argue, and it’s not necessarily wrong, that performance order isn’t as important now that you can vote right away on your smart phone. Ok, sure. But, I know that I wait til the end of the show, and that means other people might too. And they might forget to vote for Jax. (Full Disclosure: Since the Top 12, I have only voted for Joey.)

Twitter isn’t overwhelmingly positive on Jax either, to be honest:

TwitterSentiment2015-04-09Nick has more negatives than Jax. But Jax has almost as many as the controversial Joey Cook.

In any case,  nearly equally likely to be in the bottom 2 (yet again) is Rayvon. He’s got a great Twitter organization pulling for him, and both weeks they have made #SaveRayvon a trending hashtag. That’s something of a pickle for the Idol producers: what if the Idol save pits Rayvon as a weekly gladiator against another contestant, and like Maximus he consistently comes out ahead? Now that would be entertaining.

Things aren’t great for Quentin, although he is still better than fair to be safe. Clark, Tyanna, and Joey are all projected safe for now.

Top 8 projection and Twitter Sentiment

Final update 4/7/2015 at 11:50 PM, no changing in rankings or calls.

Updated with official numbers. Jax’s current popularity numbers are down from last week, but Votefair is still gathering data. Right now 60% of the popularity is the new week’s numbers, 40% last week’s. This reduces the noise in the forecast without really sacrificing anything, since the numbers are 100% new numbers by the day of the show. Joey’s numbers are up a 9 points from last week, which is a bit more volatile than normal.

Green = projected safe, red = projected bottom 3, yellow = too close to call.

Name WNTS Rating Popularity Order Safe Probability
Clark 84 46.0 7 85.7%
Joey 71 17.0 4 78.3%
Rayvon 68 0.0 8 69.5%
JAX 70 12.0 2 68.0%
Quentin 66 6.0 5 64.9%
Tyanna 54 8.0 3 57.1%
Nick 39 10.0 1 52.0%
Qaasim 10 2.0 6 24.6%

Qaasim appears to be in trouble, but I reserve the right to rewrite this wrap-up after official numbers come in from WNTS.

With that qualification out of the way, it’s highly believable to me that Qaasim could be eliminated. He was saved, and surviving only 2 rounds since a save would be low for a saved contestant. However, in a night of pretty good performances, his stood out as being pretty bad. The only advantage Qaasim has is that he sang near the end of the show.

If it comes down to Twitter again, my data would seem to suggest that Qaasim would be in trouble:

TwitterSentiment2015-04-02He has the highest number of negatives by about 6 percentage points, followed by Nick and Tyanna. Joey recovers significantly from last week. Jax is in the top spot, followed by Clark.

Third most popular on Twitter sentiment was Rayvon, and maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise. Although I think Rayvon was probably not the lowest vote-getter, his fate was left up to Twitter. Looking at the Twitter trends:

trends#SaveRayvon trended, while #SaveDaniel did not. I have no way of determining which hashtag got the highest volume of tweets, as that is not a search feature of the Twitter API.

Top 3 Tracker for the Top 8

I don’t think there’re any surprises here except for Joey Cook. Why did Joey’s popularity numbers crash so badly when she sang one bad song, only to rebound the next week? It’s not at all clear to me. But I suspect that next week Joey will rise back to fairly high percentage, and that this is an artifact.

Right now, the Top 3 Tracker does take into account how well the contestant did in previous rounds, but it mostly is looking at the current round (which means Joey’s performance of Girls Just Want to Have Fun). The model views her quite suspiciously because of that, and thus rates Nick and Quentin as being more likely. I’m not so sure myself.

Top 9 projection and Twitter sentiment

Final Update: Daniel rises out of “sure” territory. FFS, who is voting for this person?

Update 2: Joey falls to second most likely. Yikes.

Update: Joey’s popularity has cratered at Votefair. Current forecast will converge to this week’s current numbers soon, but her fans are abandoning her over there. She falls to third likeliest.

Green = projected safe, Red = projected bottom 3, yellow = too close to call. Probabilities assume a bottom 3. See the methodology post for info on how this works. That post contains all the data and the code.

Name WNTS Rating Popularity Order Safe Probability
Clark 80 43.0 7 98.0%
JAX 65 16.0 5 94.2%
Nick 59 7.0 6 92.4%
Quentin 71 11.0 2 74.7%
Tyanna 52 7.0 4 69.5%
Rayvon 24 1.0 9 52.8%
Qaasim 25 1.0 8 47.6%
Joey 21 10.0 3 42.9%
Daniel 16 3.0 1 27.6%

Original post:

The last time Daniel Seavey was projected in the bottom 3 (outside the margin of error) was in the Top 12, and he was almost in a dead heat with Sarina-Joi. The model was only barely comfortable projecting him in the bottom 3, and I’m almost sure that he was, although the producers did not release that information. To say that Daniel is likely to go is a bit of an understatement. His raw safe percentage (before normalization is applied) is 31 percentage points below the cutoff at present. Now, the popularity numbers, as I’ve done in previous weeks, are frozen in their numbers from last week (so that Votefair has time to re-poll people), and thus that might change. Daniel would have to jump from his present percentage of the plurality vote, 2%, to 7%, which would be more popular than Tyanna presently is. I do not see that happening. Now, of course, that’s not to say that Daniel is definitely going home. But he sang in the first slot, his WNTS scores have been abysmal, and his popularity is now the lowest. With fewer women to serve as cannon fodder, Daniel is not going to have an easy time of it. Worsters better get to it if they want to save him. I can’t say that I’m too mad at the model’s performance so far. This week had a bottom 3 of Rayvon, Maddie, and Adanna, which were 3 of the 4 lowest rated in the model’s view. (Daniel was the 4th, of course.) No single indicator would have predicted Adanna’s elimination, which is why I bothered with the model in the first place. She had the 4th highest WNTS rating and was tied with Rayvon and Qaasim in popularity. But she sang first, she’s female, and she was a wild card pick. Bing bang boom. For several weeks there have been a number of people in super-safe territory (> 98%), which is on account of there having been 11 or more contestants and only 3 bottom-3 slots. Now with 9 people, the odds of being that safe are considerably reduced. Clark stays well into that territory, but nobody else does. Joey has fallen significantly, in 6th place and not called safe within the margin of error. At 4th most likely, her fans would be justified being a bit nervous. To wit, see Twitter’s response to the Top 9: TwitterSentiment2015-03-26Joey leaps into last place on positive sentiment, as Daniel somehow recovers to above 70%. I have no historical basis to say what that means as far as her chance of being safe, but I present it anyway for your consideration.