TiVo predicts Syesha Mercado will be voted off, as fast-forwarding is “predictive” of results
If TiVo users are anything like viewers who vote, Syesha Mercado will be voted off of American Idol 7 tonight, according to a study of TiVo users’ behavior while watching Tuesday’s episode.
TiVo says that data about “which performers had the highest and lowest viewership” has been “predictive of which contestant will be voted off” during the finals, since the top 12 started performing. “Viewers tend to rewind and watch their favorite performances multiple times, while fast-forwarding through the ones they don’t like,” the company said in a press release. And “viewing preferences correlate with voting patterns.”
On Tuesday, “David Archuleta ranked in the highest audience numbers during his performance,” while Syesha Mercado had “the fewest viewers sticking around for her performance,” according to TiVo. Of course, that Syesha will go home tonight seems kind of like a safe bet, as she’s no stranger to the bottom three, and her performance of Fantasia’s “I Believe” didn’t inspire praise from the judges.