Can you believe we are already at the end of the second season of ABC's American Inventor?
It feels like only yesterday we were marveling at the ingenuity of The Cougar! Well, maybe not. Anyhow, it has certainly been an interesting season and, after all the attempts (feeble and not so feeble), we have arrived at our 3 finalists, one of whom will walk away tonight with $1,000,000 and the title of the next American Inventor. Just to remind you, here are the contenders:
- Elaine Cato and the 6-in-1 Backless Bra
- Ricky DeRennaux and HT Racers
- Gregg Chavez and The Guardian Angel
So who do you think America voted for?
Well, the show is about to begin, so tune in and I guess we'll all find out the winner of American Inventor.
At the onset of the show it's hard to predict who I think will win. Like I said in my previous post, each inventor has come up with something that services a completely different purpose. Chavez's Guardian Angel saves lives; DeRennaux's is largely an entertainment invention; and Cato is aimed at a female necessity. As far as marketability is concerned, each one has it's pros and cons. Yes Chavez's will save lives, but it competes with a lazy American population who love their plastic trees. Cato's seems to be the front runner to fly off the shelves, but it's only for large chested women, and I would like to see some numbers for that demographic. DeRennaux's is more geared towards kids, despite his improvements to make his racers more complex for different age groups. So, clearly, when it's left to the American public it's all about the back story. Thankfully each one of these inventors has something worth fighting for, especially Chavez and Cato, who are moving our hearts with their family stories, and we know that all those emotional junkies out there are going to latch onto them. It will certainly be interesting to see how the judges choice and America's choice influence the outcome.
I always chuckle at how much everyone cries, but I'll admit, I'd probably be blubbering too if I was where they are right now. I think DeRennaux has the most charisma and there is something about his personality that gets me. We'll find out if America agrees after the break when we have our first elimination...
Here we go with our first elimination. I'm nervous, and a little sad to see one of these three go, because I would say from the start of the show last month they were they three that had what it took (personally and invention wise) to get this far.
And our first elimination is.... Ricky DeRennaux.
Unfortunate, but I had a feeling it would be Ricky. Like i said, he just didn't have the emotional backstory of Cato and Chavez. Either way, I think he has a great thing here and certainly shouldn't stop here. It's been well developed and with a little more determination he can hopefully find someone to produce his product.
What is this Spin Master business? Who is this guy? A suprise for DeRennaux!?!?!?
I had this glimmer of hope that something like this might happen! Wow, good for him! And totally, 100% deserved! I can't wait to see these on the shelves. How exciting!
Hah, I'm sort of glad we got to see the best of the, er, worst. Just reminds us of how far we've come to get to this point. Here are the top 10 most memorable as voted by the judges:
10. Howard Batterma - Fingertunes
9. Richard Dessert Jr. and Sr. - Fire Escape Suit
8. Rose Feller - Love Test
7. Rayfil Wong - Sober Key
6. Evan Balasuriya - Double Chain Buster
5. Steven Cousineau - A.C.E. Cycle (remember how this was supposed to change the world, yet no one had any idea what it was?)
4. John Sparks - EZ Squeeze Ear Plugs
3. David Le - Foam Helmet/Shoulder Pads
2. Carlo Giancanti - Copper Gear
1. Silvio DiSalvatore - Black Cougar (OF COURSE)
How could we forget these fine contenders? Clearly they won't let us even attempt to forget DiSalvatore and Black Cougar. I sort of feel sorry for people that don't realize they are brought back on the show just to become mockeries of themselves. But he's still got the enthusiasm evidently. Or maybe he's just delusional...
Here we are again for another elimination. Although it looks like both are going to get their products on the market anyway, and the $1,000,000 is just some extra spending dough. Not bad, eh? These are some good companies they are getting picked up by: First Alert and Maidenform. They're destined for success already!
Let's get these obligatory video tributes out of the way and find out who our winner is...
Drum roll please. The winner of ABC's American Inventor Season 2 is....
AHHH! They pulled Ryan Seacrest on us and made us wait till the break! Sneaky sneaky ABC...
OK, let's try this again.
The winner of ABC's American Inventor Season 2 is....
We finally have our winner!
Was Gregg your pick for the next American Inventor? It was hard for me to choose, but I'm happy he won, especially since they all got their products picked up by other companies. What a great way to end the season, on such a high note.
We had such an interesting, funny, moving and sometimes cringing season but those left standing were certainly deserving of their success. I had a great time blogging for you all and can't wait til next season when I can see what America's got for the judges. Hopefully the standards set by this season will lead to some more wonderful stuff!
FOR FAN'S OF SEASON 1 OF ABC'S AMERICAN INVENTOR:
if you are interested in finding out what happen to the winner of Season One of American Inventor, read:
Second Update on Anecia Baby Safety Capsule and Janusz Liberkowski - June 2007
First Update on Anecia Baby Safety Capsule and Janusz Liberkowski - July 2006
If you are interested in finding out what happen to the finalists and other notable inventors from Season One of American Inventor, read:
What Happened to the Inventors from Season One of American Inventor?
If you were on Season One, we'd love an update from you so also please feel free to comment on this article to let us know what's been happening for you.
Thanks so much everyone!
Inventor Spot Team