Thursday, April 17, 2014

throwback thursday: trying out for who wants to be a millionaire

Today's post is just a story whose details are already getting fuzzy but that I want to be able to remember well into the future. I'll just think of it as a Throwback Thursday...

It was Summer 2009, and Andrew and I knew we would be getting married the following summer. When we first started dating and I was in school and he worked nights, the afternoons were our time together. We loved Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire and knew that our knowledge bases complimented one another well (basically he has an amazing memory and I know a lot about pop culture and a little about current events). Who Wants to be a Millionaire auditions were going to be held in Houston with a special audition for engaged couples to play to go on the show together to earn money for their wedding. I heard about them, but didn't say anything. I mean, I had to work, he had school, and what were the odds that anything would come of it? I casually mentioned it to him in a "hey, that would be cool" kind of way and then I told my boss the day before auditions. Her response? "You HAVE to go try, you won't forgive yourself if you don't!" So I went home that night, we gathered the necessary paperwork (I think we needed a copy of a contract or something for a wedding venue or officiant), and we decided to cram.

Now, you have watched Who Wants to be a Millionaire - how does one cram for that? We didn't know, either. I think we reviewed Presidents and major wars, lots of wikipedia-ing pop culture events, and some detail on huge historical moments like Watergate. I remember in one stroke of genius, I wanted to look up the names of the US Supreme Court Justices, so we did.


In line to take the test around 6 a.m.

We got up early and had to stop at Kinko's to make copies, then went across town to the audition site. We were assigned numbers, got in line and were herded into a room full of chairs. As we sat, Andrew was at the end of one row and I was at the start of another. We didn't get to sit next to each other, which meant I couldn't have cheated off of his paper if I had wanted to (not that I ever would have done that... okay maybe I would have...). So they passed out multiple choice tests and gave us a time limit. When it was time to start, I was confident in about half of my answers. They asked who the Supreme Court Justice of the United States was and I was so happy to know it was John Roberts! I also remember a question about Bugaboos (thanks, blog reading) and a few other things we discussed. Time was called and then we sat and waited for a few minutes. Andrew and I tried to communicate how we thought we did and both felt pretty good. They started calling the results by number and got to his first. He was through! I was so happy, but we both had to pass the test to get on the engaged couples show.  Then they called me. We had to come back in a few hours for more auditions.

SO EXCITING

We went back and had to wait in another line. We met with someone from the show who had our scores and seemed to like us. I don't remember what was said, but I know that instead of leaving like everyone else we had seen, we were shown to an area with a camera and told to give an interview. Now this we had not rehearsed. And neither of us like being on camera. I just remember rambling and talking over Andrew. Oops. But we hoped for the best and they sent us on our way. A postcard would arrive if we weren't invited to New York in the next few weeks.

  I think we have gotten better at selfies since then. I think it's funny that even in 2009 I was insisting on ridiculous pics to document unique activities!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't have the ending we hoped for. The "you failed" postcard actually came on Andrew's birthday that year. We theorized that our scores were so good, they were too worried we would actually win so they just couldn't have us on. We kept our eyes out that whole season for Wedding Week, to see who was better than we were, and we never found it. I like to tell myself that they scrapped the whole thing anyway, so it wouldn't have mattered.

It was a fun experience! I would love to try out for Wheel of Fortune or something one day, and I think it would be even more fun on a couples week or something so I could blame Andrew for anything we got wrong experience it with Andrew.

20 comments:

  1. That sounds so awesome! What a cool experience, I wish you'd made it though! Brian and I play trivia on the buzztime trivia tablet thingies when we go to our favorite restaurant, but honestly we aren't very good lol

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  2. It was TOTALLY because they knew you'd be too good and actually win! (and yes, you seem more comfortable with selfies now!)

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  3. That's cool! And made me remember that MFD tried out for Who Wants to be a Millionaire in NYC! I'd totally forgotten about that.

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  4. What a fun experience- sucks being so smart you're not even invited though!

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  5. I have always wanted to be on Millionaire or Jeopardy. But I know I would completely freeze in front of the cameras.

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  6. I always dream of trying out for a game show. The Wheel of Fortune bus was here recently but for some reason or other I couldn't go. For now I'll just be the Jeopardy champ of my living room. :)

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  7. That is so cool that you actually got to try out for it! I bet you are right...they were way to worried they would be making you guys millionaires and have to throw you a wedding Kardashian style so they just scrapped the whole idea. Sounds totally legit.

    I think I would be too nervous to be on a game show and come across sounding like a total moron.

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  8. Win or lose, you came out of it with a very cool story!

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  9. Sounds like a cool experience though! I would love to be on wheel of fortune!!

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  10. That's so cool that you even got that far! I would love to be on a game show. I really wish Name That Tune was still a show cause I would rock that.

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  11. i mean i think it is pretty awesome you guys made it that far, pretty sure I wouldn't even pass the first test haha

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  12. Obviously they were scared you'd win! You couldn't be on the show- you're too smart! :) Seriously though that's awesome.

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  13. I remember being a kid and watching the show with my parents the first time that someone won... I COULDN'T FATHOM THAT SOMEONE WAS THAT SMART. And now when I spend time with my husband and brother I'm positive that all of their trivial knowledge would easily add up to a win for them (and subsequently me!). :)

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  14. Hey, that's really awesome that you guys at least passed the test!! I've attempted taking the Jeopardy qualification test when they have it online (once or twice yearly, is it?)
    but failed. Their test questions are WAY harder than their show questions, that's my theory.

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  15. I used to looooooove this show. I'm kind of obsessed with Regis. Like, I want to adopt him.

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  16. Too bad you never made it on! I agree, if you never saw it I wonder if they just didn't have it. That's cool you made it so far though and all of your people were like "go for it!"

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  17. Jason actually did this I want to say the same year? I still have a tee shirt they gave him, that I occasionally wear to bed [such a hot wife! hahaha]. I love when you do these TBT posts!

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  18. What a fun story Lauren. Love tot!

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  19. This is so awesome though! What a story. I actually called Josh in to read this to him and now we are convinced that we need to be on a TV Show together, hahaha!

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  20. What a cool story! I've always wondered what the audition process is like for those kind of shows. Super fascinating. It's a bummer that you didn't get picked but I think it's definitely possible that it just never aired, right?

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