May 18, 2006 09:41 PM by Joe Blackmon
How do you take an hour to reveal the results of the winner of American Inventor? You do it American Idol style. First, you show the hometown celebrations of the four remaining finalists: Erik Thompson, Francisco Patino, Ed Hall, and Janusz Liberkowski.
Then, you have host Matt Gallant prance the contestants around the stage and draw out the eliminations as long as possible in true Seacrest fashion. Gallant tells Erik Thompson and Janusz Liberkowski to go to one side and Ed Hall and Fransico Patino to go to the other side. Gallant then tells Erik and Janusz that they are safe, before breaking for commercial before the elimination. The first finalist eliminated is Francisco Patino.
Then in true American Idol fashion, you get feedback from the judges on the eliminated contestant, complete with Mary Lou Quinlan playing the tearful role of Paula Abdul. But there is good news for Francisco as he gets a product development internship offer and a personal message from Lance Armstrong.
Next, you put all three finalists on stage to await the next elimination. Gallant announces that Erik Thompson is the next to go. But there is also good news for Erik, Jerry Rice joins him on stage and tells him that he is going to do everything he can to help Erik develop his product.
Then before the final winner is announced, you do a recap of previous wild and wacky moments from the competition. Then more recaps of how the finalists got to this point, followed by another commercial break. Finally, the winner is announced as Janusz Liberkowski, the inventor of the Spherical Safety Seat. And just to end on a good note, Ed Hall also gets a deal from Hasbro Games. But wait, there is even more good news, as the CEO of Evenflo shows up to say they will help with the testing of Janusz’s product.