America's Psychic Challenge

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America's Psychic Challenge was a competitive reality TV series on the Lifetime Television Network.[1] The show originated in the UK with the title Britain's Psychic Challenge. Bunim-Murray Productions produced the American version for Lifetime TV.[2]

During a national search of thousands, sixteen self-professed psychics were interviewed and tested to gain a spot to compete on television. For the program, tests were created by the production company with the stated goal of assessing contestants' supernatural abilities. As each psychic is tested, he or she is awarded points based on the results of the tests. At the end of every show, the two psychics with the highest scores move forward to continue in the competition, and the low-scored contestants leave the series. Ultimately, the final two psychics face off to compete for the grand prize of $100,000 and the title of "America’s #1 Psychic".

The show premiered on the Lifetime Television Network on October 12, 2007.[3] Eight episodes aired with John Burke as the show host.[4] The winner of the first season was Michelle Whitedove.[5] In the final challenge, Whitedove and her challenger Jackie Barrett were handed a photograph of a man. As psychic detectives, they were given thirty minutes to find a stuntman that was buried underground in ten acres of California desert. Whitedove laid the photograph of the man on the exact location, as men dug up the box in which a stuntman lay buried with an oxygen tank.

Other competitors were[6] Tori Allah, Jeff Baker, Sloan Bella, Jamie Clark, Silvana Fillmore, Joseph McBratney, Lynn Miller, Naryza, Catherine Powell, Karyn Reese, Zenobia Simmons, Kim Stempien, Joseph Tittel, and Robin Zodiac.

February 2011 winner Michelle Whitedove was invited to participate in Psychic Challenge International or Het Zesde Zintuig.[7] Winners from six countries were brought together for extreme psychic challenges in Holland.

As of January 2012, the Psychic Challenge format has gained worldwide success. Zodiac Rights [8] has sold the Psychic Challenge franchise into 15 countries or territories: USA, Norway, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Holland, Denmark, Estonia, Belgium, Romania, Chile, Australia, Russia (on the TNT channel), Latvia, and Ukraine (on the STB channel). Russia is airing the fourteenth season, and Ukraine is airing the ninth season.

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  1. ^ "America's Psychic Challenge". Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ "IMCA - International Média Consultants Associés". 2006-04-10. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Breaking News - Lifetime Creates Friday Night...". 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Bunim/Murray Productions". Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  5. ^ "America's Psychic Challenge the Big Win". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  6. ^ "America's Psychic Challenge - Cast". Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Psychic Challenge International or Het Zesde Zintuig". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Zodiac Rights". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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