ABC's American Inventor - Season 2 Finale Live Blog and Recap!!!

American Inventor Show Recap

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.

Part 1:

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.

Part 2:

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...

Part 3:

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!

Part 4:

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...

Part 5:

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...

Part 6:

OK, let's try this again.

The winner of ABC's American Inventor Season 2 is....

Gregg Chavez!!!!

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!


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!

Seth Plattner
Featured Blogger
Inventor Spot Team

Aug 3, 2007
by Soapbox Diva (not verified)

Large Chested Women Differ Widely in Bra Needs

While I do think  many women could benefit from Cato's bra, just because Cato is a larger chested does not mean that she represents all larger chested women.  She made the bra originally for herself, and while it also can support smaller cup sizes, not every woman is built like her. This is not like a t-shirt for sizing, bras have to be very sensitive to curves, width, and density of what it has to hold in place. The bigger the cup size, the more variability that is possible.  (Too much personal information alert.) For example, I have always been naturally larger than average in the chest, but now that I have gotten a little fatter (actually wider), I had to go up another cup size to accomodate the extra width.   I am not only wider than average, but I am denser on the sides, so I don't sag down luckily, but I have tendency to sag sideways with many bras on the market and I even had what looked like stretch marks for a while from wearing what I call front loaded types of bras even though it was the right bra size for me. I have learned that I need stronger support from the sides and less support in the front part of the cup. To make matters worse, I have wide set shoulders, so Cato's bra would pull in the wrong direction for me in addition to other problems.  Her bra supports in all the wrong spots for me, although it might be perfect for her and some others, even smaller cups.  Actually I don't think smaller cups would be hurt by having extra support, so her bra is just not for larger chested women.  The mistake is thinking that all large chested woman can wear her bra or that large chested woman can all wear the same type of bra. 

Aug 3, 2007
by bottleslingguy
bottleslingguy's picture

" Will the Guardian Angel

" Will the Guardian Angel end up extinguishing  fires that its presence  "caused"?"

That is the deepest question I've seen posed in this discussion yet. That is an awesome question and I'm still thinking about it. It's a great paradox.

The thing is, if I was that worried I would spray my tree with a can of fire retardant instead. That way I'd know every needle on that tree was fire proof. It's preventive maintenance. Relying on the GA is a gamble. There are too many variables that could go wrong. The tree could fall and start a fire. Will the GA work then? If the cat knocks the tree over with spray-on fire retardant the tree may start a fire but at least IT won't burn (thereby saving Christmas). I wonder why First Alert hadn't already picked up one of the earlier patents on Christmas tree fire suppressants?

I also wonder if the bra will fall off when the woman raises her arms shoulder level and claps her hands together? There is a reason why bras connect at the back. Like the chest strap on a backpack, it keeps the strain off your shoulders from being pulled back by the weight of the pack. But in this case (with the bra) your shoulders are being pulled forward. And especially with larger sized women they will get sore back muscles from constantly pulling back their scapulae. Probably right between your thoraxic spine and shoulder blade (or better known as your chicken wings).

The toys are a crapshoot. They could become popular and become the biggest winner from the show.

"The real difficulty in changing any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas but in escaping from the old ones." Maynard Keynes

Oh yeah! Please check out my  Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 11, 2007
by Anonymous BSG (not verified)


Made ya look!  The show is OVER.

Aug 13, 2007
by Anonymous BSG (not verified)

Ha Ha

Made you look again! 

Aug 25, 2007
by Anonymous BSG (not verified)

Ha Ha Ha

Don't you get it?  Made you look again...but the show is OVER.

Aug 26, 2007
by Anonymous BSG (not verified)

NBC/America's Got Talent Didn't Renege!

In their season finale, only ONE contestant won the million dollars--just like they said would happen.  Even though they surely could have done something similar to what ABC did with the AI runners up, the America's Got Talent show stuck to the ONE winner.  The winner was a (stupid) ventriloquist and I thought Cas Haley should have won, but at least Cas and other "losers" weren't elevated to "winners" by being given gigs in Las Vegas or record deals, etc.  They may very well receive them LATER, but at least the voters weren't "screwed" like they were on AI.


PS  Probably fooled you again--this time there is no "ha ha ha ha"--well, yes, there is.