Sunday, March 02, 2008

DEBUT: "Oprah's Big Give"

Here are the ten contestants:

Angelo- Ann Arbor, MI (West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran)
Brandi- Chicago (pageant queen)
Cameron- Roanoke, VA (entrepreneur and dot.com millionaire)
Carlana- Glendale, CA (paraplegic, author and media executive)
Eric- Boston (disaster relief worker and former model)
Kim- Brentwood, TN (NFL marketing specialist)
Marlene- Chicago (a train attendant)
Sheg- Nashville (a pre-med student who's also known as Olussegun)
Rachael- L.A. (singer/actress)
Stephen- Bedford, NY (real estate developer)

Each week, everyone was given a bundle of money, a picture of someone and a clue. Everyone had five days to give as much money as they could. Those who did the worst risked elimination from the judges. The three judges are Jamie Oliver, Tony Gonzalez and Malaak Compton-Rock, and the host is Nate Berkus (a frequent correspondent to "The Oprah Winfrey Show").

The first amount that everyone had to give was $2,500. The ten contestants were divided into five teams:

Eric and Stephen (AJ Egan)
Angelo and Rachael (Shante McVey- homeless)
Cameron and Brandi (Karen Newman- has a son with Down Syndrome)
Carlana and Sheg (Eric Jackson- needs to pay off college loan)
Kim and Marlene (Karl Newman- a wounded soldier)

Kim and Marlene got lost for many hours on their first day before they even got to Karl.

Cameron and Brandi went to a hotel and raised about $700 there. They then went to small buisnesses and even a casino. And at the casino, they received $5,000 from somebody! Great start for them!

Kim and Marlene wound up getting $25,000 from one of Kim's clients!

Angelo and Rachael wound up getting a Ford Taurus to travel Shante to wherever her new home might be. They later held a fundraiser at churches, and wound up raising about $40,000!

Carlana and Sheg staged a fashion show in order to raise money.

Eric and Stephen managed to start a school scholarship fund for AJ's kids. They then held a block party to raise money for it. They also handed the kids a shopping spree at Target.

The teams were judged on four categories: Creativity, Leadership, Presentation and Accomplishment.

The church fundraiser was said to have been too vague. The fashion show was said to have been not a good idea. There was not enough input from Marlene.

After the judges deliberated, all ten contestants were given an envelope. Nine had plane tickets, while the other was empty. The one who had an empty contestant was dismissed.

Cameron- PLANE TICKET
Rachael- PLANE TICKET
Eric- PLANE TICKET
Brandi- PLANE TICKET
Angelo- PLANE TICKET
Sheg- PLANE TICKET
Stephen- PLANE TICKET
Kim- PLANE TICKET

This left Marlene and Carlana. The first contestant eliminated was...






Marlene: EMPTY
Carlana: PLANE TICKET

...Marlene.

While we know the winner will get $1,000,000, the contestants don't.

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