By Tony Wittkowski | City Reporter | The Times Herald
MARYSVILLE – Five months ago, Blair Sedwick was in Los Angeles with her parents and husband putting on a bumble-bee outfit for a television game show.
The Marysville resident sought tickets for one of her mother’s favorite shows while they would be in L.A. for the week and was surprised when she herself became part of the show.
On CBS’ “Let’s Make A Deal,” audience members dress up in outlandish costumes to get host Wayne Brady’s attention in an attempt to make deals for either trips, prizes, cars, cash or the dreaded “Zonks.” Zonks are considered any prizes that are less than what the contestant originally traded for.
“It was my parents’ 30th anniversary,” Sedwick said. “My mom wanted to go out on a show while we were out there. When I looked up tickets online I saw they were free.”
Marcella McDowell, Sedwick’s mother, said she is one of the biggest fans of CBS’ popular game show.
Originally, McDowell had asked her daughter to arrange for them to be on one of her two favorite shows — “Let’s Make A Deal” or “The Price Is Right.”
The timing was too good to pass up for the former.
The plan to fly across the country had been in motion since September, but McDowell says Sedwick was a bit hesitant even to go on the show.
“They called me corny for wanting to go to the show and I had to talk them into it,” McDowell said. “They didn’t want to go at first. I’m glad they went with us because it wouldn’t have been as much fun.”
On Oct. 8 at Sunset Bronson Studios, Sedwick was chosen to be one of the seven participating contestants out of more than 100 eager people.
But there were a few steps that needed to be taken before then.
Audience members lined up for the interview process where some of the show’s employees asked a few questions about who they were and what they did for a living.
Justin was surprised his wife was chosen because of how their preliminary interview went.
“It seemed like they were going after people who were all psyched up,” he said. “They asked us where we were from and what we do for work. Our interview wasn’t the best.”
The interview process did not take long, but Sedwick and her mother were amazed by what preparations went into the show beforehand.
“It’s a lot different than on TV,” Sedwick said. “Before you go on they interview you, so I guess they pick you ahead of time. On the show it looks like they are just pulling people out of the audience at random.”
After waiting in line for what seemed like an hour, Sedwick and her family signed a few waivers and provided their contact information in the event they were chosen. Those waivers have kept the four of them from releasing any information about what took place until after the show is aired.
“I just thought we would have a good time, I never thought I would get chosen,” Sedwick said. “Regardless of who won or lost we still had a good time.”
The four had to wait in another line to choose a costume if they did not come prepared with one.
With Sedwick suited as a bee, her husband went as a cowboy and her parents chose to be clowns.
Next, they were led into a large room to meet the show’s energetic host.
“You are just waiting in this big room with everyone and Wayne Brady comes in and introduces himself and gets us excited for the show,” Sedwick said. “He was nice and very energetic.”
McDowell describes her daughter, who works as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, as a shy and laid-back individual.
So, when Sedwick was chosen among the numerous loud, sometimes dancing audience members, McDowell didn’t know how to react.
“She was so nervous it was cute. I think she did well,” McDowell said. “We were all trying to get picked, but it was exciting to get my baby down there.”
Sedwick said she plans to watch the show Thursday. Her mother will be recording it.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 20, 2015)