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Who's the next American Idol? Just ask Bing who is correct 90 percent of the time

Bing's prediction engine is a work in progress and Microsoft appears to be expanding the data-driven service.

Starting this morning, some users were noticing some predictions for the popular singing show appearing in Cortana's results for a search on American Idol.

For our attempt, we just typed in American Idol as a search topic and scrolling down will display the predictions on a separate card. A quicker way to see the results though is just by heading to this link in Bing. Alternatively, you can just head to to see all of Bing's latest guesses at various categories. So far, Bing is predicting for the following events:

  • NBA Playoffs
  • The Voice
  • American Idol
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • English Premier League Games

So how good is Bing predictions? At this time, for American Idol, the service maintains a 90 percent accuracy rating. Not too shabby, for a computer!

Thanks, Srikanth R., and Ahmed A., for the tips!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Also predicting IPL games.. Isn't it?
  • Well most of them.... Wrong :D
  • Haha...
  • Why doesn't it work with Cortana? I only get web results.
  • Predicting IPL is shit.
  • Not interested in American idol
    Can BING predict the next GOP Presidential candidate who would happen to be the future US President?
  • Well there were Bing predictions for the midterms, so I assume they'll be back for this year's elections.
  • She also asking who I think will be eliminated
  • Me too! Twice!
  • Well I cant use Cortana on my Lumia 730 dual Sim windows 10 tp and its not avaliable in my country India :(
  • So use Bing. Problem solved. This is Bing Predictions, not Cortana ones.
  • Which is powered by Bing ;)
  • I didn't thought about that silly me.. Btw thank you bruh :)
  • Change your phone's location to US and be forever happy.
  • In windows 10 tp Cortana doesn't start it closes down. +Lumia 730
  • She does in mine and its the exact same phone bought in the exact same country and probably, price too. :P
  • Just ask Bing, which is correct 90 percent of the time.
  • Bing/Cortana is incorrect most of the time in IPL :D
  • My daughter is still reeling from Teanna's (from Jacksonville) elimination... Done with idol
  • NHL Playoffs, is it so hard?
  • Actually, yes. Do you even know the amount of complexity, machine learning, data analysis involved here? It's not like hitting a button, come on...
  • So given market share in Australia keeps growing and has almost broken 10% for WP, when are they going to add NRL and AFL predictions and make it only available via Cortana, so it helps the growth continue? I mean Foxtels biggest growth comes from exclusive sports coverage, and Aussies love sport, so having Cortana predictions and actually advertising it could actually generate some sales :)
  • "This feature isn't available yet in your country or region" - is the predictions website available only for UK and US?
  • Is there some actually useful scenario for this or just celebrity-nonsense and sports?
  • You can earn money by betting!
    Cortana: Your personal bettor. :P
  • For the 2 people who still watch American Idol
  • "Not too shabby, for a computer". :D