August 01, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
The audience vote is in, and one finalist will be awarded the
million-dollar Grand prize and deemed to be the next great American
Inventor, on the season finale of "American Inventor," WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On last Wednesday’s (July 25) episode of "American Inventor," using the criteria of innovation, mass appeal, marketability and passionate pitch, the judges whittled down the six finalists to three.
The three finalists are: Ricky DeRennaux (from the Los Angeles auditions) — a school-teacher from Oklahoma who describes his Custom Build Racers invention as, "The design and fabrication of custom vehicles through the use of computers and patented tools. Intended for use by individuals and groups ages 13 and up for entertainment and educational purposes, my invention is a kit that lets teens design, engineer and build remote controlled vehicles."
Greg Chavez (from the San Francisco auditions) — a firefighter from Camarillo, California who describes his Guardian Angel invention as, "A small, pressurized tank of water, disguised as a Christmas package, that is placed under the Christmas tree and attached to a small hose leading to the top of the tree where a fusible link is disguised as an angel. The heat from a fire pops the link and water suppresses the fire. There is also an alarm that works without a battery…intended to suppress (not fully extinguish) a Christmas tree fire and sound an alarm to get people out of the house alive."
Elaine Cato (from the Chicago auditions) — a realtor from Tennessee who describes her 6-in-1 Convertible Brassiere invention as, "A convertible brassiere that accommodates the full wardrobe of small frame women with a "C" cup or above. This is a traditional brassiere that converts into six configurations and affords the full back to be exposed with comfort because there is no mid-section and it can be worn with full wardrobe."
"American Inventor’s" panel of expert judges are businessman/former heavyweight champion/ordained minister George Foreman, British tycoon Peter Jones, entrepreneur Pat Croce and Spanx creator Sara Blakely. Nick Smith hosts. The series is produced by FremantleMedia North America, Simon Cowell’s Syco Television and Peter Jones TV Ltd. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Siobhan Greene, Peter Jones and Clay Newbill are executive producers. Dug James and Tabitha Hansen are co-executive producers.