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 https://www.bing.com/explore/predicts 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

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.