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How You Can Become a Contestant on Your Favorite Game Show


Charlotte’s Jake Marvin recently appeared on an episode of “Jeopardy!” moderated by Mayim Bialik.

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The only thing better than settling down to watch an episode of your favorite game show is appearing there.

It’s an experiment Charlotte resident Jake Marvin undertook last week as a contestant on “Jeopardy!”

And it’s not as hard to achieve as you might think.

Although “Jeopardy!” is a highly competitive game that relies on wits and skill, there are a few shows that are relatively easier to break into. Shows like “Family Feud,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right,” and “Wheel of Fortune” can offer contestants the chance to have an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience while winning big prizes or even becoming a viral feeling.

Here’s how you can win a spot on one of America’s favorite game shows:

family quarrel

About the show: Family groups of five attempt to correctly guess the most popular answer to the poll questions. Each family continues to play a round until they miss an answer, then the opposing family has a chance to steal points. The family with the most points at the end of the game wins.

How to audition: You and your family (related by blood, marriage, or adoption) must apply, or “audition,” to appear on Family Feud, according to the show’s website. It is strongly recommended that you include a 3-5 minute video featuring yourself and your family in your application. Some families even go so far as to perform a simulation of the show. If you pass the application process, someone from the cast will contact you to schedule a Zoom interview where the producers can learn more about you and your family.

minimum age: There is no minimum age requirement to appear on Family Feud, but the show suggests that contestants be at least 15 years old due to the nature of some of the questions.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia


About the show: Danger ! is a classic guessing style game show. However, in this show, the answers are given first and the contestants are tasked with guessing the questions the answers are associated with. Three contestants appear on the show at a time, including the winner of the previous show, and they all compete in a total of three rounds to win as much money as possible.

How to audition: Before contestants appear on the show, they must first pass the Jeopardy! Test found on the game site. After that, you will be placed in a random selection pool for auditions. If you are selected to audition and do well, you will be added to the applicant pool where you may be invited to compete for up to 18 months after your audition date.

minimum age: 18 years or older

Location: Culver City, California

let’s make a deal

About the show: Let’s Make a Deal, hosted by comedian Wayne Brady, presents an audience of potential contestants dressed in wacky costumes. Any of them could be chosen to take the stage to accept prizes which they can then choose to keep or exchange for what could be bigger wins.

How to audition: In order to be chosen as a contestant, you will need to apply online to attend a live taping of the show in Van Nuys, California. If you receive tickets, you will have the opportunity to let the staff know that you would like to be chosen as a candidate. At this point, you’ll go through a series of short interviews so the casting team can learn more about you. Then it’s a waiting game. Selected contestants will be announced during the taping of the episode.

minimum age: 18 years or older

Location: Van Nuys, California

The price is right

About the show: In one of America’s oldest game shows, randomly selected participants from the audience have the chance to win grand prizes if they can correctly guess the retail price of certain items.

How to audition: As with Let’s Make a Deal, those wishing to participate in this popular game show must first receive tickets through a site called On-Camera Audiences in order to attend a live taping. On the same day of recording, audience members are given name tags and brought into the studio in groups of 10 or 12 at a time. Casting staff and producers will use this time to conduct short interviews with each audience member. If you leave a good impression, your name might be called out as a contestant during the taping of the episode.

minimum age: 18 years or older

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Wheel of Fortune

About the show: On Wheel of Fortune, participants must guess sentences by choosing the letters one by one. For each consonant in the phrase revealed by the contestant, a spin is awarded, which can determine the prizes the contestant has a chance of winning during the spin.

How to audition: Auditioning to be a candidate for Wheel of Fortune is relatively simple. Aspiring applicants must complete an online application and submit a photo at Although not required, applicants are encouraged to include a short one-minute video explaining to producers and casting staff why they should be chosen.

minimum age: 18 years or older

Location: Culver City, California

Evan Santiago is a reporter for the Charlotte Observer and writes for the publication’s Service Journalism Desk. He is originally from New York and is currently based in Queen City where he works to help local readers with the challenges that come with everyday life in the modern world.