Rules and Roles
There would be two stages. Stage one would be single matches between 2 teams,
much like the “Regular Season Games” in Sports. Stage 2
would be a single elimination tournament of up to 10 teams – the Play-Offs.
What Happens on the Show
There will be 2 teams and 8 face offs for each debate show.
A face-off begins with one of the debaters calling out a debater from the other
team. . . Example: Steven Colbert says “Speaker Paul Ryan – I’m calling you out”! The
crowd go crazy, the band plays then all is quiet as they face off.
They would be given the topics to be debated ahead of time so that they can be
well prepared and are able to give their best answers and performance.
Teams would have huddles to plan strategy – just like in a football game
Each person will debate at least twice – once when they call out someone from
the opposing team and then when they themselves are called out.
Fans are a Part of the Debate
Each team would have 100 fans placed behind them, on stage. They are
there to cheer enthusiastically for their team. They are also scored in the judging.
Any of the 4 team members can get involved in pumping up their crowds in whatever creative way
they seem fit. If the crowd gets involved with booing or shouting negative comments
to other team – points are deducted. So the four team members need to show they can
control their fans.
How the Winning Team is Decided
Judging and vote tabulation is determined by averaging the 5 concealed judge’s
scores and the scores of the home viewers.
Judging for each debater would be based on 5 catagories, worth 2 points each with
a perfect score being 10.
The level of respect they give to there opponents. Do they talk down to them, name call, demean or do they instead try
to reason and persuade?
Are they able to convince people that their ideas will work
Are they just making up stuff to win the argument?
Storytelling and humor
Answering the Question
Are they avoiding the question?
Each debater’s score would be averaged in with the other debater’s from their
respective teams. This score would be averaged with the 100 person audience score.
Finally that score is averaged in with the overall score the teams receive from the
Voting from the Home Audience
The home audience would vote on the 2, 4 member teams and each of the
100 onstage fans.
So for each team member match-up, the winning team member receives 10 points
and the loser – 0 points. This is true for the match-up between the onstage fans –
10 points for the winning audience and 0 for the losing audience.
Because it’s a political show, there will be critics. Our suggestion is that
Roma Downey alternate with Tom Hanks so that it will lessen the critics who will say
the show favors one side or the other.
The Host’s Responsibilities
The Host opens and closes the show, states how the competition works and
introduces this week’s team members and their respective
audiences and bands They would also act as the moderator
presenting the questions for each face off debate.
Each team on each show will work for the charity of their choice.
At every opportunity, during the show, when a team member is referenced on video, there name plus the charity they represent, will be titled on the frame.
This is done so that people who watch, will contribute to that charity.
The show would receive an administration percentage of the funds given.
Amounts given to charities will be displayed on the website.
The Voice Over Guy
Pretty simple. . . it would be one of the best in the business and the voice over
man for Shark Tank – Mr. Phil Crowley.