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How To Get Chosen As A Contestant On The Price Is Right


I Was On The Price Is Right

I was on the Price Is Right in 1976, (I was only a child at the time, just kidding), anyway I won the chance to go on stage, I then spun the wheel and won $1,000. I went on to bid on the showcase, which I lost, thankfully, because I really didn't want the one that was passed on to me by the top bidder.

What I Did

A little history. Even before I ever moved to California, I used to watch the Price Is Right. I declared then that if I ever moved to California that I'd be on the show. The format was different at the time, and I was sure that I'd win. However, when I got to California the show had gone off the air. It resurfaced after some time, with a new format, but my determination was still the same. I was going to go on the show and win. So I set about learning how to get on the price is right.

Here is what I did. I found out how to apply for the show. I encouraged my friends to join me as a group. The show came back on in 1972, and I was on in 1976. I went to the show as often as I could, which was often. I studied everything about the show while there and while watching the show. I knew all of the games. Anyway each time that I went to the show I studied the producers method for choosing contestants. The method hasn't changed much. What they are looking for is a fine line between vivacity and over the top buffoonery. They want interaction, but not intolerant behavior.

When I confirmed my suspicions about the show before I actually got on, I determined that the next time I got the chance I would get on, and I did. What I did was, when Jay, (the producer at the time), came by and addressed me by name, I stopped him, and said something silly, but relevant. Jay came back and asked me a silly question, which began with "Alfreta, let me ask you this." That was the phrase for the assistants to take my name down as a possible contestant. I knew then that was my first step to getting on the show. I was told by a former contestant what to do while inside, and I did just that, (I'll tell you later what I did). I noticed on my last trip to the show that although the method of interviewing has changed somewhat, the selection process appears to be the same.

Below find my suggestions for how to get on the price is right. No guarantees, but they did work for several friends after I got on.

My Suggestions On How To Get On The Price Is Right

  1. First, go to the website and study the rules and regulations. You wouldn't want to get there and not have a chance of getting on. For instance, you can't wear shirts or jackets that advertise any company, or group. All cameras and cell phones will be held until after the show.
  2. If you don't live in the area, order your ticket online or send a self addressed envelope to the address listed on the website. However, if you live in the area, my suggestion is to go to the studio and pick up tickets, there you will have your choice of shows. Sometimes you can get several days at a time, so you can come back if you fail to get on the first time.
  3. Here is a trick that I noticed that works, get together a group of about 10 or 15, and either buy or make matching shirts of the same vibrant colors. Also let the show know that you are coming as a group. Of that group, at least one has a possibility of getting on. Groups are always guaranteed to get into the audience, if they arrive on time.
  4. On getting into the audience, this is a tricky one. You must arrive by 6 am on tape day, to get an audience number, (the lower the number the better the chance), which will guarantee you a seat. You should do this for both shows, (12 noon and 4 pm). This can be done by at least one in the group. For the 12 noon show you must arrive, (after you've gotten your number), at 8:30 for the 12:30 taping and 12 noon for 4:00 taping, in order to be processed.
  5. The producer begins the interviewing in groups of ten. This is your time to shine. As I observed, they still require interaction. When he, the producer passes by you and speaks to you by name, (because you have on a name tag), if you're interesting enough to him, he'll spend more than a second with you. It's at this point and only at this point you have your moment to impress him, smile, be enthusiastic, vivacious, (not wild). As he speaks to you, talk back, tell something interesting about yourself. As you talk to him take note of the person sitting behind him with the note pad. If you detect that your name is written down, that's just the beginning. Once inside, don't "die out," lose your enthusiasm. Keep the smiles and cheeriness going. You're being watched, the choosing process is still going on.
  6. Now if you just want to be on Television, don't worry about knowing the prices of the items up for bid. But if you want to actually have a chance at winning, I suggest that you watch the show as often as possible. You'll want to see what types of items that are usually showcased on the show. Check the prices of those, or like items during your shopping trips, so as to have a fighting chance at winning anything. If after you've gotten on the show, follow your first mind on a price, if you're certain you know it. That's the advice I didn't follow and I missed winning a car. Oh by the way, my daughter and I are in the audience on the May 3, 2010 show. We both have on red sweaters and we're sitting in the front, just FYI.


I hope with these tidbits from my experience, I hope you have learned a little of how to get on the price is right.

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M on February 03, 2020:

We stood outside for over 2.5 hours before getting fed up and leaving. Life is too short.

Barbara Dills on January 28, 2020:

I want to be on The Price Is Right and will be flying to LA May 7 and 8. Please advise on tickets and being a contestant.

Nadette on October 18, 2013:

It is obvious that people are not chosen at random

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 17, 2013:


JD on April 16, 2013:

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This show fills demographics. The casting process is kind of obvious. There will be one attractive young female, one cute old lady, one loud and audacious minority woman, 1 college kid, an older gentleman, and then 4 wild cards that might include these groups + armed service personnel. There is no interview, they ask one ridiculous question, which is what you do for work. If you are a middle class man between 25 and 45, you're not getting on 9,999times out of 10,000. I've been to a few tapings the past year, and there is just an obvious pattern. I think you're process is outdated, except always show up in a group to increase odds, since they view groups as good TV reactions, which makes sense.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on March 25, 2013:

I do hope you were successful in your endeavor to get on the show.

Manda on March 25, 2013:

I'm going on the family show tomorrow with some friends!!!!!!! XD hope this works!!!!!!!$

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on February 28, 2013:

You can do it, you just have to go for it.

Thanks for stopping by.

nova lee rothery on February 28, 2013:

i really, really want to come on down, its been a dream of mine for many years!!please

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on December 28, 2011:

Some of the questions were, what you did for a living, meaning your employment. Have you ever done anything you're proud or ashamed of, where you're from, things of that nature. I call them frivolous questions, these are things they can use as interesting fodder if you were to get on stage. You see they know as much about you as they want to know before you get on stage. By the way back when I was on the show they didn't ask these questions up front. Bob Barker was able to wing it, he would asked questions between commercials.

ilstu22 on December 27, 2011:

Thanks for the insight, What type of questins did they ask/ you ask?

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on August 19, 2010:

And you can be. Thanks for stopping.

shawn on August 17, 2010:

i want to be on thes

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on June 13, 2010:

Thanks stars439, I enjoyed writing this one. Please come again soon.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on June 12, 2010:

Thank you for a very fun hub. GBY

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on June 08, 2010:

Susan from the photo, if that's you, either one, you were too young to see me on the price is right, LOL! Anyway thanks for the comment. See you soon.

susanlang on June 08, 2010:

So..that's where I saw you before! Bob Barker is like the white house reporter who recently retired and Larry King. Ageless.. yea right. (Laughing) Loved the video, Bloobers, Bleebs and Bodyslams. Still laughing!

Carrie02 on May 26, 2010:

Your advice was amazing. I tried to get on the show for 2 days straight and was not successful. However, I don't think that I am going to give up. I want to start a price is right forum to create a group and go back to the Price is Right with new energy and creativity. The executive producer Stan was amazing and really very funny when picking contestants. I loved the process and the show. Still hope to get on one day, it has always been a dream!!

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on May 07, 2010:

Thanks stacies29 for stopping. Please come back.

stacies29 from Washington DC on May 07, 2010:

great hub.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on May 02, 2010:

Thank you Healthinfo I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Please come back again soon.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on May 01, 2010:

Thanks Lady_E, I have thought about going on another one, but I can't find one that I like. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

Elena from London, UK on May 01, 2010:

Good to know you got on the show and it's nice of you to share your experience. I didn't know there was more to these Shows. The money you won at that time is quite a lot. (the value at that time). Well Done.

I hope you'll consider going on another show.


Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 30, 2010:

Thanks cosette, I wish I had the winnings from those shows right about now. LOL! Thanks for stopping. Please come back.

cosette on April 30, 2010:

how fun! i would love to play Plinko :D

great hub. congratulations on your game show appearances, that is really cool!

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 27, 2010:

Thank you for stopping over and taking the time to read and comment, bayareagreatthing. See you again.

bayareagreatthing from Bay Area California on April 27, 2010:

Great article FastFreta! As always!

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 25, 2010:

Thanks fragonzal for stopping. I miss Bob too. Thanks again for your comment.

fragonzal on April 25, 2010:

Cool and interesting hub. I remember watching TPIR since I was may 4 or 5yrs old....and that was a looong time ago. lol...It's such a great show and even though I like Drew Carrey I still miss Bob.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 21, 2010:

Thanks mwatkins, I didn't mention that I had another brush with "fame," LOL! I was actually on another Game Show, "Card Sharks," and I was on that show for two days, Yea for me! But sadly, how quickly they forget. Thanks for stopping, and congrats on your 10 mins.

mwatkins from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC on April 21, 2010:

How fun Are YOU! My 10 minutes of fame came when I was at a ballet after party and Mikhail Baryshnikov came into the room and bumped into me so hard that he knocked me down and had to grab my arms to keep me from falling all the way to the ground. As I was being picked up in hi arms I began to tell him (unkindly) to watch where he was going, and I looked up, saw who had run in to me and the only think that came out of my mouth was, "aauuuugggghhhhhhh."

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 21, 2010:

Thank Pam for stopping and taking time to read this hub. Please come again soon.

pmccray on April 21, 2010:

LOL rated up and shared. This hub was a hoot, excellent advice and hilarious video. Thanks so much fastfreta

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 20, 2010:

Thanks ladydijay, _cheryl_, loveofnight for visiting and taking the time to read and leave a comment. Hope you watch the show that day. See you soon.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on April 20, 2010:

some good info here, i'll pass it on.....

_cheryl_ from California on April 20, 2010:

What a fun and informative hub Freta! I've always loved this show. Going in as a group sounds like a good and entertaing time. Thanks for the advice! =)

ladydijay on April 20, 2010:

I'm happy you got on the show. So many of us don't know how to go about it. I will be watching on May 3rd.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 19, 2010:

Thanks theherbivorehippi, I don't know what to say, LOL!

Rose Ella, I really don't know what it takes to get on Oprah, I wish I did, because I would have been on there by now. However if I find out I'll be sure to reveal my findings here on HubPages.

Thank you both for visiting this hub, please come back again soon.

Rose Ella Morton from Beverly Hills, Michigan on April 19, 2010:

Hi fastfreta

I am still trying to get ticket to the Oprah show. you may response to my comment here. But if you know something that may be a sure thing please e-mail me.

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on April 19, 2010:

What!! This was my FAVorite show growing up. I didn't even know it was still on the air!! AND you were on it??? That is so sweet!! Very impressive and fabulous hub!!

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 19, 2010:

Aw Shucks samboiam, thanks. Yeah weren't they fun.

You probably did Tammy, but of course I look a little different now.

Thank you habee for the honor.

Thanks ladyjane1, I'm glad she won her car, I wished I'd won mine.

Thank you all for stopping, reading and leaving a comment. I'll see you all soon.

ladyjane1 from Texas on April 19, 2010:

Interesting hub. My brothers ex wife actually got on the show and won a car way back in the 80's. I guess she was just lucky to get on her first try. Good hub.

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 19, 2010:

This is great! I'm going to place the link on Folkd!

Tammy Lochmann on April 19, 2010:

Wow I bet I saw you on the price is right...I watched every day in the mid 1970's. That is really neat!

samboiam from Texas on April 19, 2010:

fastfreta, I knew you were a star. The bloopers were hilarious. Thanks for an informative and delightful hub.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Thanks Money Glitch for taking a look at my hub, hope you do get a chance to watch the show.

Thank you Ann for visiting and leaving a comment. Yes I hope someone will benefit from my observation.

Thank you both for stopping, please come again.

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 18, 2010:

Wow! I actually get to "talk" to someone that has been on the price is right. I admit I don't watch it that much, espcially with the new host. But that is so cool that you analyzed yourself a spot onto the show! Thanks to your great advice perhaps more hubbers will be contestants on the show!

Great, interesting and unusual-in a good way-hub, freta!

Money Glitch from Texas on April 18, 2010:

Great insight thanks for sharing and I have to agree with you that " they are looking for contestants that are a fine line between vivacity and over the top buffoonery." LOL! I've made a note on the calendar to tape the show on the 3rd. :)

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Thanks Pam, I did have to study it though. I hope someone else can get on with this advice. Thanks for stopping, please come back.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2010:

Do wonder they call you fasfreta; you figured that out and got on the show! Most people don't have a clue as to how to get chosen. This was a good hub, fun to read.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Thanks bat115, I used to watch regularly too, but my schedule doesn't allow me to watch often. Anyway thanks for reading. See you soon.

Tim from Los Angeles, CA on April 18, 2010:

Reading this hub reminds me of how I used to be a loyal watcher of the show. I am never near a tv at that time of day any more :(. I will try to watch it on May 3, though.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Thanks Veronica, for stopping and reading. Yes we did have a fun time, however since my daughter didn't get on her fun was somewhat limited. See you soon.

Veronica Allen from Georgia on April 18, 2010:

I haven't watched the Price is right for a long time - I will be sure to watch the May 3rd episode. I hope you and your daughter had a good time! These are some great tips for those who desire to get on.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Go on Michael give it a try. Thanks for stopping by, come again.

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on April 18, 2010:

Very awesome hub! I always wanted to get on this show...I was pretty good at it from the couch....Thanks for a fun hub!

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Thanks kowality, I wrote this for those who want to actually get on the show, I wish I had known your mother, however you can still get on. Go on and try it. See you soon.

kowality from Everywhere on April 18, 2010:

My Mom was a huge fan of this show. I wish we could have gotten on. Anyways, Thank You for an entertaining hub. It brought back sweet memories.

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Thank you suny51 for stopping and reading. I'll be seeing you soon.

I agree Bk, it does pay and it did. I really don't want to be on it again. I went with my daughter, because she wanted to get on. Although the rules about being on the show twice has changed and I'm eligible to be on again. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on April 18, 2010:

Very clever fastfreta - it pays to be observant when you want to accomplish something. Would you be on the show again?

suny51 on April 18, 2010:

Interesting read,hope i will read them all

Alfreta Sailor (author) from Southern California on April 18, 2010:

Well Hello there Hello, hello, thanks for weighing in so quickly.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 18, 2010:

That was an interesting read and an eye-opener. Thank you.

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