Two local women participate in daytime CBS game show
By ANGIE HAFLICH
Two local girls recently appeared, briefly, on the game show, “Let’s Make a Deal.” During a vacation in October, Jennifer Jantz, Holcomb, and Julie Leon, Garden City, signed up to be on the show, which aired on Feb. 11.
“We didn’t go down the aisle. You could see us on TV between the contestant and the host,” Jantz said.
“Let’s Make a Deal” is the game show where audience members dress in outlandish costumes to win cash and prizes by making deals with the host. The one-hour show is hosted by Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady at the Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
Jantz said when the two decided to go on vacation with their husbands, Eric Jantz and Nick Leon, who were going for a conference in Los Angeles, they also decided to try for an appearance on the show.
“So we were like, ‘Hey, that’s a cool city, so we’re going to go on vacation,’” Jantz said. “I hadn’t ever watched it. My friend Julie, the other girl, she watched it all the time, growing up. It was like her favorite show and she was like, ‘Would you do this with me?’ And I’m kind of more reserved and embarrassed so I was like, ‘I don’t know ... okay.’ And it ended up being so fun.”
Prior to the taping that they appeared in, Jantz said that they had to go through an interview process.
“They ask you easy things like your name and age, where you’re from, what your occupation is, so they go through the line (of potential contestants) and we’re supposed to act very energetic and happy,” she said, adding that there are cameras recording the whole process up until the actual taping of the show.
“And then they have their producers and stuff who are picking who they want aired. That’s how they decide who actually gets picked to go down,” she said, adding that the more bubbly and genuine prospects are the ones who get chosen.
She said the people chosen to play were dressed in a variety of costumes.
“One was dressed up like one of those monkeys with the drum and there was an 80s rocker girl, a 50s style, not really a pinup girl, but she had the headband, the jeans rolled and the white T-shirt,” Jantz said.
Jantz dressed as Wonder Woman and Leon as Bat Girl, but later found out that they weren’t supposed to dress as patented characters. Because they didn’t realize it until the day of the show, they had to improvise.
“So we went to Target and we just bought duct tape — you know how they have duct tape that’s all cutesy. We just bought them to match our outfits and just put them over the emblem and still wore it and they said that was fine,” she said.
Another part of the show involves “Deals of the Day,” in which contestants can check for Twitter messages showing them certain items to bring to the set for a chance to win cash prizes.
“What they do is they see if you have it on you, just like common quirky things but when you’re on vacation they’re not common things that you usually have, so we had to run to Target,” Jantz said, and laughed.
“At the end of the show, they go around and just ask random people in the audience if they have those things and then they get $500 cash or $100 cash,” she said, adding that despite having the items, they weren’t picked out of the audience.
While neither of them made it onto the actual stage, Jantz said that they did ask her a question.
“They had us sitting on an aisle, I assume on purpose, but we didn’t know it at the time and then the co-host asked me what my profession was and I said hair stylist and they did a skit off of that,” Jantz said. “So they had this skit with contestants they chose who had to do sound effects to Wayne Brady and the co-host being hair stylists. It was funny.”
She said that for being asked a question, she won $100, which she hasn’t received yet.
“I haven’t received it in the mail yet. The cash they give you (on the show) is not cash that you actually keep, but they say in there everything is supposed to be super secret until after it airs, and so afterwards, anyone who won a prize goes and fills out paperwork for it,” she said. “The check is in the mail, I’m sure.”