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The Great Christmas Light Fight ! On Abc

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This is the latest press release, we seem to have lots of Planet Christmas members in this show, including our family! It should be fun!



First Reality-Competition Program of its Kind is Produced by FremantleMedia North America

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto to Judge

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” is a new competition series in which 20 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas – in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – with a total of $250,000 in prizing ($50,000 won each week). “The Great Christmas Light Fight” will air on MONDAYS, DECEMBER 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT), DECEMBER 16 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) and DECEMBER 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) with back-to-back episodes on those two nights. Michael Moloney & Sabrina Soto (both from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) will serve as judges for the series.

In the first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, 4 families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays. These 20 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs.

Here are the families competing:


Blount/Laguna Hills, CA

Holt/Chesapeake, VA

Goff/Canon, GA

Lynch/Whitestone, NY


Simmons/Cathedral City, CA

Rhodes/Cedar Park, TX

Small/Orange, CT

Tittiger/Stockbridge, GA

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Baughman/Prosper, TX

*Plauche/Pass Christian, MS*

Larsen/Elburn, IL

Yangello/Pennsville, NJ


Hyatt/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Downs/Norman, OK

Satterwhite/Mechanicsville, VA

Paradowski/Decatur, GA

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***/Lagrangeville, NY

Macrina/West Reading, PA

Kowalczyk/Tinley Park, IL

Mize/San Rafael, CA

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” comes from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”). Executive Producers for the series are Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin.

About FremantleMedia North America:

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As the world’s largest independent studio,

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** Hyatt Extreme Christmas is Proudly Representing the Great State of Florida!!!

Please watch our episode airing  Monday Night 12/23 at 9pm.


Please visit our Website for up to the minute information:



Hyatt Extreme Christmas has Gone Social!!









Edited by katfoot

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Great displays tonight!  Great show, too!  Can't wait for next episode.....good thing is I am will be on vacation through Christmas after Friday so I get to watch them all!

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Great job to each one of the members on tonight's show. Quickly I am beginning to not like this show but will continue to watch because members of PC are on it. And frankly I am learning from you guys. I loved the displays and feel that so far each decision was totally based on personal preference not a specific or defined criteria... everyone in our house made our own judging based on the 3 criteria. Each answer was different... oddly enough. But we got ideas.... congrats you are all winners to the members of the sidetrack clan..

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Richard Holdman no longer does a personal display so you are unlikely to see him there.  But I agree it would be great to see him and, yes YOU BILL, back on TV.  :cool:

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I think its great that this show is on. It gives us an outlet, to let people see what we do. I really like the different styles of displays. I really enjoyed

the Plauche christmas display, the N.O.E.L sequence was wonderful. I am planning to add that song to my sequences next year. You can share

it, if you'd like. ;)

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