LOS ANGELES, CA - Watching a game show and participating in a game show are two entirely different experiences. Kashyap Patel a huge fan and recent contestant of the game show, Family Feud, might concur that participating on the show is much better than watching it on television! On Family Feud, the teams consist...
The team had to pass the audition first. So, after receiving an email stating that they were accepted to audition they arrived in Austin, TX to try it out. At the audition they realized they were competing against nearly 700 families.
“… We all had to fill out a group questionnaire about ourselves, our likes, hobbies, what we do for a living, interesting facts about ourselves, unique stories, and why we would be good on the show as well as show how you were related to the participants,” said Shiva Sharma.
Once filling out the paperwork was complete, the team moved on to a trial run of an episode in which they competed against another family who were auditioning as well. “The key for the entire show is the enthusiasm and energy which is what they look for in the contestants, and not just correct answers. Our performance on answering the questions during the mock run wasn’t the greatest, but we had that enthusiasm and energy that they were looking for,” said Sharma.
Post the mock run of an episode the team was asked to continue with one on one interviews with the head producers of the show, who asked questions and interacted with the possible participants as Steve Harvey, the host of Family Feud, would have. Once all of that was completed the team was asked to wait for an email indicating if they were selected to participate in an actual taping of an episode. Upon completion of the entire rigorous audition process, the Patel team was indeed selected to participate on Family Feud. While participating on the show the team was asked a few interesting questions. One was:“ we asked a 100 women which state do you think has the best looking men” and the number one answer was California. Additionally, one of the other exciting questions was: “tell me the night of the week when restaurants are the most crowded” and the number one answer was Friday nights. The Patel team competed against another family and won their first episode thus moving on to compete against another family on a different episode.
A 20-22 minute episode is edited down from about an hour to 1.5 hours of tape which takes about eight hours to shoot. Rubin Ervin has to keep the participants and the crowd motivated for the entire taping as well as the camera men and other staff who are on their feet all day. “The staff absolutely loves what they do and it can been seen with their interactions with each other as well as contestants and audience members,” said Sharma. Overall, according to Sharma, the whole experience of participating in the entire process was something that one totally has to be involved in with loads of energy and enthusiasm.