American Inventor: The Finale Results Show
So, did you call the winner? I think 49% of the viewers thought Janusz's capsule was just too risky or unsafe to win the contest, while another 49% thought it was simply too important not to win. I fell within the remaining 2% who teetered in the middle somewhere.
I have to admit that as hard as I've been on this show, what each of the four finalists walk away with makes them all winners. These are huge companies and people backing these products. Francisco will have Trek help market his bike; Eric Thompson will have Jerry Rice help develop and market The Catch; and Hasbro is going to work with Ed Hall to get Word Ace among their product line. Then of course, Yanoush gets Evenflo to work with him, which again is another huge company.
I've heard that the million dollars that Janusz won is merely an advance on what he makes from the sales of his finished product. So really, I don't think any of the four finalists loses. Janusz just gets a jump up on everyone.
Also, for future American Inventor hopefulls, I have one suggestion: make sure your product doesn't market primarily to kids. Why? Because kids aren't likely to watch American Inventor, nevermind pick up the phone can vote. I think that's one reason Francisco's bike didn't win.
This show's been picked up for another season, and I really, really hope the people responsible for American Inventor rethink everything. The amount of recaps we had to endure were incredibly painful. Even the incredibly drawn out pauses in the finale while revealing each "loser" were ridiculous -- even Ryan Seacrest at least talks a bit during the Idol voting delays.