American Inventor Show - Episode 5 - Recap of Second Hour: From 24 to 12 Finalists
In this episode, the judges are going to narrow down the 24 contestants down to 12. I’m expecting a lot of tears because the judges say the next presentation is about speaking from the heart. They need to show why the inventors need the $50,000 to move forward.
Here's the final 24:
Jody Pliszka, 39 – Headliner. A rare medical condition caused her to lose her hair. He talks of the horrow of her eyelashes with the mascara still on them falling off. She tells of how this curse ends up being a blessing. Peter said I felt I was with you on your journey and thanks Jody. Yes, she cries.
Jerry Wesley, 51 - Ez-X Portable Gym. Jerry cries telling his story (again). Does not do a great job explaining why people would buy it from him. Doug yells at Jerry. doesn't know if people would buy his product. He cries (not because Doug yells). Peter says that he wishes that Jerry had another person’s invention to present to the judges. That’s not a positive.
Sheryl McDonald, 40 – Un-Brella. Lost her job. Now, her employment has run out. She went and produced a prototype ans is amazed at herself for being able to do that. She needs it. She wants it. She’s cries. Mary Lou seems moved. She did not realize Sherry had that much skin in the game. They talk of how interesting it is how some people rise and some people fall.
Erik Thompson, 40 - Receiver’s Training Pole (football training device). He gives a great speech. Tells his sob story – he needs it as much any of the other contestants but does not cry. My house is in foreclosure, I don't care. Says it matter of factly. I completely appreciate the way he tells his story. Not emotional yet very powerful. This is my passion, this is my baby. Peter says its not often you have four speechless judges.
David Whiteis, 43 – Video Gift Box. The clip was not long enough to see if he cries.
Dwight Sloan, 48 – Solar Power Rock-N-Roller. The clip was not long enough to see if he cries. Will make them money.
Mark Martinez, 43 – Sackmaster 2000. The clip was not long enough to see if he cries.
Edward Hall, 39 - Word Ace Former teacher. 5th graders were his inspiration. Touched that people put down their playstation to play with his game. Dream to get out of inner city. Managed to pursue the passion in his classroom. Yes, he cries. A judge says, this is brutal to try to get it down to 12.
Darla Davenport Powell, 48 – Here Comes Niya Doll : Spent $130,000. Wow. Yes, she gives a sob story. Says she has the passion, drive, and creativity. She’s sacrificed her career for her product. She’s given everything for this product. No tears but her eyes are all watery.
Kathy Jacobs, 41 - 101 Cookie & Cakes Kits. Makes a joke about being like a gambler in Vegas and every time she pulls that handle she closer to hitting the jackpot. Judges ask why they should gamble on her product. She says because he really believes in her product. Leaves the presentation feeling like the judges hated her.
Sharon Clemens, 63 – Restroom Door Clip. Doug asks why they should give her $50,000 for the product. Says her husband said he would buy the product. No tears.
Robert Amore, 45 – Toner Belt. Does not come up with a good answer for what he would do with the $50,000.
Joseph and Jenny Safuto, 46 and 31 – Flush Pure. : makes a joke that he will go to Mexico with the $50,000. Ed says he just lost.
Paul and Donovan Schreifels, 35 and 13 - Cookie Stacker. Peter describes it a plastic container with a shelf.
Mark Major, 45 – Quad Flosser: He’s a quadriplegic. A lot of things related to inventing have to do with his independence. Always been a fighter. Yes, he tears up.
Joan Colvin, 35 – Character Building Buddies. She repeats what she said in the first round. Says she’s given up a lot – leaving her kids at home to pursue this. Yes, she starts crying. Doug says lots of nice things don't sell. Mary Lou lists some reasons for liking it. Peter says he’s not convinced on this product.
Dan Gersten, 58 – Mobile Family Plot. Keepsake receptacle inspired by trivial pusuits. Wife that passed away was his inspiration. He's very good and thought provoking. No tears. Judges are concerned its too ahead of its time.
Janusz Lieberkowski, 52 - Spherical Safety Seat. Child car safety seat. His daughter died in a car accident. We are running out of time as babies are dying. You can feel his desperation to help others avoid having to feel what it is like to lose a child in a car accident (maybe that is just the mom in me talking).
Francisco Patino, 18 -Double Traction Bike. Doesn’t own a TV. I couldn’t hear anything else beyond that. I’m kidding. He would rather read a book and learn about something to improve himself than watch TV. He’s an inspiration. Yes, he cried.
They only show 19 out of the 24. Which of the 24 that moved forward are missing? Anemone alarm clock. That’s the only I can think of. Who am I missing?
They all talk about how brutal its going to be to pick the final 12. It's going to be a long night. Judges go into the deliberation room to choose the 12 contestants that will get the $50,000. The judges select the first 11, and fight over the final 1. They start screaming at eat other. Mary Lou chews Doug a new one. Finally, Doug stakes his total reputation as an inventor on his favorite and they all go along with it.
Heart-tugging song "Your raise me up" as they go through all the yeses and nos. What a tear-jerker.
BOOM OR BUST - Here are the final 12:
Solar Power Rock-N-Roller – BUST
Video gift box - BUST
Headliner - BOOM (1)
Cookie Stacker - BUST
Mobile Family Plot - BUST Training Pole - BOOM (2)
Un-Brella - BOOM (3)
Pure Flush - BOOM (4)
Restroom Door Closer– BOOM (5)
Sac 2000 Master – BOOM (6)
Ez-X Portable Gym – BOOM (7)
TonerBelt – BOOM (8)
101 Cookies & Cakes – BUST
Here Comes Niya Doll - BOOM (9)
Character Building Buddies – BUST
Spherical Safety Seat – BOOM (10)
Word Ace – BOOM (11) Quad Flosser – BUST
Double Traction Bike – last but not least BOOM (12)
The next few weeks should be great. I really love some of the products that are moving forward. Just one consumer’s opinion. What do you think?
Make sure to vote of whether you think they were a BOOM OR BUST. We have the final 12 and the ones that almost made it.
Oh, almost forgot...make sure to check out our Invention Gallery which features detailed looks at most of these 24 inventions. If its not there, and you know how to reach them, let us know.