ABC to air reality show `American Inventor'

MUMBAI: US broadcaster ABC will kick off a new reality show American Inventor shortly. It is being brought by the producers of the music based reality show American Idol and Cowell’s Syco Television. Cowell is a judge on American Idol.

The show will undertake the biggest search ever for America’s best new invention. It’s open to people of all ages, including kids! Casting calls begin on 14 November 2005 across America. Cowell says, “America has always been the mother of invention, from the airplane, rockets, plastic and the internet to flip-flops and soda. This is the ultimate American dream. We want this show to make someone a multi-millionaire.”

With one million dollars at stake American Inventor will celebrate the best in homespun American ingenuity. From mothers with a notion for a better baby stroller to experienced engineers with several patented inventions, American Inventor is open to anyone with a great idea. No invention is too big or small!

Prospective contestants can enter with a sketch, a prototype or even just a concept. The competition is open both to individuals and teams. The invention must be something that can be mass produced and sold to consumers in a retail outlet. Expert judges will narrow down the initial entries to a group of finalists, who will each be given $50,000 dollars to develop their product, refine it and take it to the next level. But in the end it will be up to America to call in and vote on which invention is worthy of the one million dollar prize.


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