Friday, July 22, 2016

Battle of the Bands Results - Battle of the Network Stars

We once again interrupt your regularly scheduled Battle of the Bands feature so we may bring you this special presentation.

Gabe Kaplan, Telly Savalas, Robert Conrad, William Shatner, Tom Wopat, Joe Piscopo, John Davidson, Charlene Tilton, Tina Yothers, Bruce Willis, Lynda Carter & Lisa Whelchel. Just a few of the celebrity names you'll find in the Battle of the Network Stars. Which of their shows are your favourite? Who cares? We want to find out which network can out-perform the other network. And with the help of these celebrities we aim to find out.

If you remember from last time, one celebrity from each network offered a song for our entertainment and scrutiny. So which network won out in this battle? Let's check out the scores and see which network came out on top.

In our first heat, we see a real performance by all three networks. CBS (Lynda Carter) took the initial lead with NBC (Lisa Whelchel) right behind. ABC (Bruce Willis) was not to be left out and though starting behind the other two networks, they held their own.
CBS - Alex & eViL pOp TaRt
NBC - John Holton
ABC - Mary & Stephen

Was ABC toying with the other networks? It seems so, because in the second heat ABC took the lead away from CBS. NBC was having problems and likely stumbled on the track.
ABC - Michele, Cathy & mike
CBS - birgit

Perhaps ABC could have gone all the way from there. But it's likely Bruce was a bit too cocky. What suddenly seemed like he might actually leave everyone in the dust, Lynda showed she was not out of the competition just yet. The third heat proved this as she pushed on, endeavouring to overtake ABC. But could ABC do it?
CBS - Janie & Arlee
ABC - Shady & Debbie

The fourth round proved what great competitors all three individuals are. Despite tripping and falling, Lisa from NBC picked herself up, dusted herself off and began to run once again. Unfortunately, it was Lynda who faltered this time which allowed Bruce of team ABC to run away with the competition.
ABC - Stephanie, Crystal & diedre
NBC - Chrys

Winners - ABC
With a final score of 10-5-2
Congratulations to ABC

Top Comments
Alex J. Cavanaugh - I remember watching Battle of the Network Stars back in the day.
Lynda Carter can really sing. Would almost give it to my boy Bruce, but Lynda's voice was beautiful.

John Holton - Great idea for a BotB! Lynda Carter is just beautiful, and, as this cut proves, has a magnificent voice. Lisa Whelchel surprised me; I liked her song, kind of like what you'd hear on a "smooth jazz" station… Bruce Willis is a smartass, and the first time I heard of "Bruno," I just rolled my eyes. "Great, another Blues Brothers takeoff"... but the guy can bring it, and he's not a bad harp player.

Mary Burris - Oh Jeffrey..... such a great idea for a battle! I enjoyed listening to Lynda Carter, and was even a bit surprised at Lisa Welchel. I already knew that Bruce Willis could sing.

Stephen T. McCarthy - Cool idea for BOTB, JEFFY! If this were just about "vocal quality", I'd give Lynda my vote. But I'm taking EVERYTHING into consideration, including how much I like each song. And therefore, ABC (also known as "Bruce Willis") gets my vote. Back in the day, I even owned that Bruce Willis album. It was pretty good, actually. And, yeah, Bruce can really play that harp!

Michele Truhlik - Wow, was this ever a fun battle! Very creative Jeffrey. I love it! I didn't know that Lynda Carter and Lisa Whelchel could sing. I knew about Bruce Willis' band but never really paid attention to any of his music. I'm giving my vote to ABC/Bruce because that song was so much fun. The music was great and the harmonica fantastic!

Birgit - This was an excellent battle of the Network Stars and, yes, I watched it faithfully. I am surprising myself here but I am giving it to Lynda Carter. Her voice is actually the best of the 3. Lisa made my teeth hurt and Bruce...I don't know...I like the blues but I was waiting for him to say to some die hard quotes and the song didn't sound that great in his hands.

Janie Junebug - I vaguely remember when these "battles" were on, but I don't think I ever watched one. Lisa Whelchel's singing ranks even lower than her acting. Bruce Willis made strange noises, kind of like one hears in a zoo around the chimps. I guess I vote for Lynda, although her voice is thinner than she is or was.

Arlee Bird - Bruce Willis was annoying, the NBC contestant was kind of weak, while Lynda Carter had kind of a Karen Carpenter vibe. Give my vote to CBS.

Shady Del Knight - Now I know why they called her Wonder Woman. It's a wonder they let her anywhere near a recording studio.

Debbie D. - That was fun and I remember the show. ☺ Going with Bruce Willis by a mile. Good thing those ladies kept their day jobs.

Stephanie Faris - Bruce Willis, all the way!!! Lynda and Lisa...yikes. Who told them they could sing? They didn't have autotune back then, I guess!

Chrys Fey - 3 contenders and all from a different networks? Oh this is good! I didn't know Bruce Willis could sing. It's upbeat but too much for me. I agree with Arlee that he was annoying in his song. Lynda didn't sound too great once the song's beat picked up, so I'm giving my vote to Lisa.

diedre Knight - Ha! This was so clever :-) Who knew Wonder Woman could also sing? My vote goes to ABC (just this once) as I watched Moonlighting as a kid and Bruce just seemed to fit the mood of Jackpot.

Bonus Video - The Dunk Tank

Please note: My next battle will be August 1st.
Additional: In the winning video above, you may notice Lynda Carter playing for team ABC. That's because the first year Wonder Woman was on the air, it was on ABC. Beginning with the second season, it was on CBS.

Once again, thanks to everyone who stopped by and placed a vote.
Come back again August 1st for another exciting battle.
Who will you vote for?
What song will I choose?
Which artists will battle it out?
Stay tuned.

Don't forget to visit the other participants in the Battle of the Band to see who won their battles.

FAR AWAY SERIES (We miss your battles!)
eViL pOp TaRt

Are you currently in the BOTB and don't see your name in the list above? Let me know in comments and I'll include it.


  1. That was a novel idea, but the majority had it wrong. Well, in my opinion.

    Good one.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Glad you appreciated my battle this time around. Well, not that you don't always. ;) :D
      Enjoy your vacation! What's left of it.

  2. Hi, Jeffrey!

    This was a great concept for a band battle and it turned out to be a thrilla - the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat - the human drama of singing competition. I'm happy to learn that so many other ears matched mine and that Bruce/Team ABC emerged the winner.

    I want to thank you the posting that video of Erin Gray in the dunk tank. I repeat... I want to thank you the posting that video of Erin Gray in the dunk tank. :)

    Have a great weekend, good buddy Jeffrey!

    1. should read "for posting..."

      I repeat... should read "for posting..."

      That vid got me so wound up I couldn't type!

    2. I want to thank you commenting on the battle results. I repeat, I want to thank you commenting on the battle results. And glad you appreciated the dunk tank. So did I. Erin was probably my first TV crush.
      PS - That should read... 'thank you FOR commenting'.

  3. Now this was fun! I figured Bruce would win it. I am loving these battle of the Network Stars. Those are some short shorts! Shady loved seeing Erin Gray get wet:)

    1. You can say that again.

      I repeat. You can say that again.

    2. Shady loved seeing Erin Gray get wet:)

  4. Yay! Glad Bruce Willis won! That was a fun tug of war to watch. ABC took that too! I loved Howard Cosell: "There goes my blazer for Monday Night Football..." haha
    Great battle. That was a lot of fun Jeffrey!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. There were numerous tug-of-war battles I found. Guess why I used that one? ;) I rarely do anything without reason.
      I tried to throw in a little something for everyone.

  5. Robert Conrad explains CBS side quite well although hes paired against some stiff competition. I recognised Kojac and Wonder Woman and others, " We're young, we've purpose, we're going to do it!" says the guy in blue. What an incredible tug of war!!! and then the presenter dude gets soaked in the celebrations, haha

  6. Jeffrey, Yay, I picked the winner!! I will my results on Monday in a combine post, so if you have time feel free to hop over to check it out. I sort of been thinking about taking another blog break so I can finish up my blog repairs. I guess I'll ponder on that for a little yet to see what I want to do. Oh well, thanks for sharing the outcome and I'll see ya around!

    1. Glad you appreciated the results. Yes, I shall stop over shortly.

  7. The clip of Erin Gray makes me nostalgic for the stars of my childhood! Now if they did a show like that, it would be all reality show stars.

    1. Yes, I would love to see this done again, but not with reality TV stars. You are right, that's likely the route they would go.

  8. Glad to know I picked the winner. Bruce has some musical talent, at least. ;) It was fun seeing those old clips. Thanks for the memories!

    1. That's what it's all about. Entertaining everyone. Glad you were entertained. :)

  9. Yup. I knew I was on the losing side with this email one. LOL

    1. Win or lose, it's all about having fun.
      If you enjoyed the post and had fun, then you WIN!!!!
      :) :) :) :) :)

  10. This was a neat BOTB idea, Sir JEFFY. And I'm glad to find that David Addison won. I'm just surprised that Lee's vote and mine were in disagreement. That doesn't happen very often. (Hardee-Har-Har!)

    I think my next, on on 8/1, should be pretty interesting. It'll be like Folk/Blues-Rock versus Classic Hard Rock on two identical songs with different lyrics. Wha'?!

    >>... Once again, thanks to everyone who stopped by and placed a vote.

    You're welcome. It was my pleasure.

    >>... Come back again August 1st for another exciting battle.

    OK, will do.

    >>... Who will you vote for?

    Jim Beam.

    >>... What song will I choose?

    Whiskey 'N' Womens Blues.

    >>... Which artists will battle it out?

    Jim Beam and Jack Daniels

    >>... Stay tuned.


    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Looking forward to your next battle. My battle will be back to the norm. Still trying to decide who I will feature.

  11. Apparently the next battle is on delay--or are you warming up your time machine? That's totally it. Okay. I get it...

    1. Yes, I apologize for the delay in my music battles. I'm hoping to be back in October.

    2. Yay! We've been concerned about your whereabouts.

      Arlee Bird
      Tossing It Out