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Episode 1.10 - September 11

Sean Ockerhausen left with $10,000. Holgie Forrester left with $100. Now Christina Masaitis of New Jersey, fresh off of an elimination round win, plays for the big money....

.... or not. We begin with two new players: Ira Levin and Kristen DeLea. Ira (Marlboro, NJ) comes from "a cultural wasteland". Kristen (Guilford, CT), a biotech salesperson, thinks she's lucky, she guesses. She won a scratchie the other day.

But can she win the elimination round?  

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of married Americans said they had sex on their wedding night?
Ira: 56%
Kristen: 69%
ACTUAL: 88%. Kristen leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans judge a book by its cover?
Ira: 24%
Kristen: 71%
ACTUAL: 82%. Kristen leads, 2-0.

3) What percentage of Americans said they double dip when eating chips and dip at a party?
Ira: 25%
Kristen: 58%
ACTUAL: 21%. Kristen leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of American men would not marry a woman who already had children with someone else?
Ira: 23%
Kristen: 12%
ACTUAL: 30%. Tied!

5) What percentage of married American women would keep their original engagement ring, instead of upgrading to a bigger diamond?
Ira: 60%
Kristen: 33%
ACTUAL: 83%. Ira pulls the comeback of the series to win the shot at the money.

Drew is quick to note that no one has come from two back to win the eliminator. Ira is quick to note that no one has won $10 million either. Ira brought his cousin Jack, a caterer.

As a reminder, every question answered correctly within range will increase winnings by the power of 10, from $1000 to $10,000 to $100,000 to $1 million to $10 million. Players can walk away at any time, but if they go for it and miss, they'll lose by the power of 10 and walk out with that much. Help is available, though, in the form of the audience and companions.

But the moment an answer is "locked in", it is considered final and binding.

We start, as always, with $1000...

$1,000
40 point range
What percentage of Americans have participated in a political rally at least once in their lives?

Ira starts out with 10-50%. The audience... about the same there, peaking at 15%. Jack wants it a bit lower.  We finally work out a guess of 6-46%. And that is a lock-in.

America said...  28%! That's $1000!

Next up for $10,000...

$10,000
30 point range
 What percentage of American women said they would get plastic surgery if their partner asked them to?

Ira makes a guess of 18-48%. Audience matches. Jack thinks that it's a good number. Ira brings it down to 15-45%. Locked...

America said... 18%! That's $10,000!

We move on with this...

$100,000
20 point range
What percentage of Americans said they would swim in a pool with someone who they knew was HIV-positive?

Ira knows he can't get HIV from a pool He guesses 18-38%. Audience is dimorphic with peaks about 10 and 20. Jack wants Ira to go higher.

Ira... locks in 23-43%.

America said..... 53%! He should've went with his gut, but he leaves with $1000.

Next to play are Sharese Alston and Sue Sanbento. Sharese "Sweet Rese" (Smyrna, DE) was voted most-popular in high school. Sue (New Haven, CT) had the summer off, and spent it learning how to make beer.

And Drew plays favorites... Heh.

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of American women wear a thong on a regular basis?
Sharese: 28%
Sue: 30%
ACTUAL: 12%. Sharese leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of American women said if they were being mugged, they would fight back?
Sharese: 33%
Sue: 44%
ACTUAL: 46%. Tied at one.

3) What percentage of Americans have visited an adult website in the last 6 months?
Sharese: 39%
Sue: 54%
ACTUAL: 17%? Sharese leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans said they have found someone they considered their soulmate?
Sharese: 31%
Sue: 39%
ACTUAL: 62%. Tied!

5) What percentage of Americans think Idaho Senator Larry Craig was lying when he said he wasn't gay?
Sharese: 72%
Sue: 63%
ACTUAL: 66%. Sue wins it!

Sue's good luck technique is wearing her undergarments inside out. Helping Sue out today is Robin, a friend.

The name of the game is Power of 10. Let's motor.

$1,000
40 point range
What percentage of American women have caught the bride's bouquet at a wedding?

Sue's first guess... 20-60%. Audience... goes low. Robin wants a little lower. We're locked in at 2-42%.

America said... 28%! That's $1000!

What would Sue do with the money.. Pay off loans... and get liposuction on her butt.

Let's try for butt money!

$10,000
30 point range
Have you ever left work for some "afternoon delight"? What percentage of Americans have left work for some "afternoon delight"?

Sue starts out with 10-40%. The audience agrees. There are some responsible workers out there, right? Robin tells Sue to go lower. We're good on 5-35%. That's a lock-in.

America said..... 25%! She's got $10,000!

$100,000
20 point range
Will America have an African-American president by the year 2025? What percentage of Americans think America will have an African-American president by 2025?

We go to the audience first... and they're concentrated in the middle. That's about what Sue has. Does Robin feel good about 38-58%? Robin? "Lock it in, Sue."

She does... at 36-56%.

America said..... 65%! Off by nine. Sue leaves with $1000.

Next round features Paul Alexander (no relation) and Isabella Gjidede. Paul (Glendora, CA) is a professor of theology and ethics. Isabella (Lansdowne, PA) is a senior at Widener, where she studies elementary studies.

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of American women said they have participated in a strip poker game?
Paul: 21%
Isabella: 17%
ACTUAL: 16%. Isabella leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans said at some point in their lives, they've wondered whether they were adopted?
Paul: 41%
Isabella: 15%
ACTUAL: 9%. Isabella leads, 2-0.

3) What percentage of Americans consider cheerleading to be a sport?
Paul: 26%
Isabella: 22%
ACTUAL: 44%. Paul's coming back. Isabella leads, 2-1.

3) What percentage of Americans have successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver?
Paul: 12%
Isabella: 16%
ACTUAL: 23%. Isabella wins.

Isabella was born in Greece, and learned English by watching Drew's sitcom. She is joined by her friend Chrissy.

Not much time left, let's play...

$1,000
40 point range
What percentage of Americans would trust their mother to set them up on a blind date?

Isabella's parents tried to marry her off when she was 16. She tries 12-52% first. The audience... low again. Peaks at 14%. She takes it down to 3-43%. Chrissy agrees. That's a lock-in.

Roll the barrel... America said... 41%! She'll play the $10,000 question tomorrow. See you then.

For more information on the polls or to become a contestant, go to www.cbs.com/powerof10

 

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