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Sing or Swim
Trap door sends rejected contestants plummeting into swimming pool
Contestants take the stage (in full costume) and stand over a trap
door. Despite the title, they are allowed to sing, dance, tell jokes,
etc. The audience, besides cheering or jeering, keys in rejection
votes for the act. When the rejection vote breaks 50%, the trap door
opens and multiple
camera angles capture the priceless expressions of
the startled contestants as they are ejected mid-note. Those that
survive for two minutes go on to the next round.
The show turns from hilarious to absurd as the survivors of round 1
participate in a free-for-all shoving match on the surface of a giant
vat of cornstarch and water (the substance acts as both a solid and a
liquid). The last contestant remaining on the surface is the winner
(so to speak).
The trap door remains, but the swimming pool is replaced with a water
slide that dumps contestants out into a dirty back alley. The
drawback is that I can't use my clever title.
Trap of the Craps
Not quite redundant with this. [wagster, Oct 03 2005]
||I like it. Very 'the gong show', but funnier. And punnier (sorry).
||Strange that they did this on the Simpsons last night, isn't it?
||Sounds very japanese-TV-gameshowy. If it's like a Grimace or Mickey Mouse costume... "Help! *blub blub blub*" thus, croissant.
||Yes, this is inspired by Japanese television, which is all I watch
these days. However, I don't think this would go over in Japan.
Japanese people seem to enjoy noncompetitive quiz shows between
celebrities where nobody cares who wins. I haven't seen the same
sadistic thrill of punishing talentless acts that I've seen in the US.