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How to Be On a Gameshow (18 Shows Looking for Contestants)
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by - November 8, 2011 - 14 Comments

Participating in a gameshow is an easy and fun way to make extra money. Some gameshows are tougher to get on than others, but by registering for all of them, you can significantly increase your chances of becoming a contestant.

For that reason, we’ve put together a list of 18 of the most popular gameshows and how you can audition for each one…

1. Jeopardy!

How to Audition: The first step to getting on Jeopardy is to take the online test. Tests are only held are certain dates and upcoming tests are announced on the show and on their website, Jeopardy.com. Online tests are offered separately for each of the following age groups: adults, college students, teens 13 and 17 years old, and kids between the ages of 10 and 12.

If you perform well on the online test (Jeopardy won’t tell you your score) you will be asked to audition at a local testing facility. After more testing and a personality interview with producers, you will be added to the pool of available contestants.

Who gets on: Smarties who are willing to participate in awkward 15 second interview with Alex Trebek after the first commercial break.
Website: http://www.jeopardy.com/beacontestant/contestantfaqs/

2. Wheel of Fortune

How to Audition: Last year over a million people requested the chance to audition for Wheel of Fortune and fewer than 600 people were selected to appear on the show. The first step to auditioning is to register on the Wheel’s website. They will notify you when the “Wheelmobile,” the traveling audition bus, is in your area.

From the show’s website: “Thousands of fans fill out applications and gather in front of the stage with a traveling version of the famous Wheel and Puzzle board. Applications are drawn at random throughout the event, calling individuals on stage in groups of five to participate in a brief interview, play a version of the Wheel of Fortune speed-up round and win special show-themed prizes. The most promising candidates are invited back to participate in final auditions for the show, usually held at a later date in the Wheelmobile host city. At the final auditions, Contestant Coordinators select the individuals who will appear on the show.”

Who gets on: Moms, college students, and high school football coaches
Website: https://secure.sonypictures.com/tv/shows/wheel/contestants/beacontestant/

3. Who Want to Be a Millionaire

How to Audition: Auditions are currently being held in both New York City and Rhode Island. You can register to audition on the show’s website. To become a Millionaire contestant you must first pass the written test and if you pass the test, you will then need to undergo a personal interview with a representative of the show. If you pass the audition process you will be placed in the Contestant Pool and available for selection to play the game on a future show.

Who gets on: Smarties who are already a little rich. Seriously. You’ll need to pay for your own travel arrangements to New York in order to be on this show.
Website: http://www.dadt.com/millionaire/auditions/

4. Take the Money & Run

How to Audition: The first step to auditioning for this show is to email the producers a little information about yourself. You’ll want to send them the following:

- Name (you and your partner)
- Relationship with partner
- Ages
- Your Occupation
- Your Phone Number
- Your Email Address
- Your city & state
- A recent photo of you and your partner, together or separate

Send the email to: ttmarcasting@gmail.com.

Who gets on: Couples with friends who don’t mind lying for them.
Website: http://abc.go.com/site/casting

5. Let’s Make a Deal

How to Audition: In order to become a contestant you will need tickets to a taping of the show in at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, California. Apparently, just being in the audience gives you a 1 in 18 chance of being a contestant.

Who Gets On: Crazy people. In costume. :)
Website: http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/Lets_Make_a_Deal

6. Minute to Win it

How to Audition: This show requires a lengthy application before they’ll even consider you. You will need to send an audition video, a completed application, photos of yourself and a copy of your valid driver’s license to:

Minute to Win It
P.O. Box 1599
Studio City, CA 91614-0599

Who Gets On: Attractive women, newlywed couples, or anyone with a great “story”
Website: Minute to Win It Application

7. Price is Right

How to Audition: Contestants are usually chosen from among the ticket holders at each taping held in Los Angeles, California. You can also audition at one of traveling audition stops held each year. The producers select two contestants from each traveling audition to appear on the show and as an extra bonus, the producers will fly you to California for free!

Who Gets On: Peppy people who will jump up and down after winning a new vacuum cleaner

8-12. Lingo, Catch 21, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, 1 vs. 100, and the Newlywed Game

How to Audition: These are all shows produced by the Game Show Network. Casting for all of GSN’s shows are announced on the front page of their website. They usually start casting just prior to the start of their season (next season begins in 2012).

Who Gets On: 80% of the 17 people who watch the Game Show Network
Website: GSN.com

13. Family Feud

How to Audition: There are two ways to audition for Family Feud. Your family can attend an in-person interview at one of the Family Feud traveling auditions or your can send a video of your family to casting@familytryouts.com. The video needs to be 3-5 minutes and the producers encourage you to “talk about your family, your occupation, your hobbies or anything that you think is relevant. Some families (even) play a mock round of the game.”

Who Gets On: Families with exactly five members over the age of 18.
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/familytryouts.com/tryouts/

14-17. Amazing Race, Survivor, and Big Brother

How to Audition: These are all reality game shows produced by CBS. The audition process varies a bit for each show, but the first step is to visit CBS’s casting website. Usually you will be asked to send a video that showcases your personality along with a completed application. If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to travel (on your own dime) to the nearest interview city.

Who Gets On: Richard Hatch
Website: http://www.cbs.com/casting/index.php?show=2&0.8704210665635224

18. Wipeout

How to Audition: This show is aired on ABC, but the first step to auditioning is to contact the production company, MysticArt Pictures. They have an online form that you need to fill out to get started. If the producers like your profile, they will contact you and schedule an interview at their Burbank, CA office.

Who Gets On: People who giggle at getting punched in the face.
Website: https://www.mysticartpictures.com/ncshow.php?nc_id=12

Good luck Penny Hoarders!


  • http://www.untemplater.com Untemplater

    Nice list! I think it’d be fun to be on a game show. I didn’t realize they all had different application processes. That’s a bummer some of them don’t pay for airfare! I thought that was always included. -Sydney

  • http://prairieecothrifter.com Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    Do you know if any of these shows take Canadians? I have always wanted to be on one. I really wanted to be on Price is Right when Bob was still around but I never got around to it.

    • The Penny Hoarder

      A lot of them are probably US bias, but I’m almost positive that the Price is Right is Canada-friendly. :)


    • Cathy

      Canadians are very welcome on the Price is Right. I for sure have seen them, more than once or twice, many many many times the PIR has had Canadian players/contestants. Hope that helps a little. Good Luck, I hope you get on. Go for it!!!

  • http://sensetosave.com Kacie

    I was on the Price is Right in 2003! It was the day after my 18th birthday. My mom thinks I got picked because I was wearing short shorts. hah!

  • http://sensetosave.com Kacie

    I should add — I won a queen sized bed, a cushy chair with ottoman, and a big set of dishes. The total value was like $5k and I had to pay sales tax and also claim it on my taxes as income!

    • The Penny Hoarder

      That’s awesome Kacie! Well not the taxes part. :) What was it like when your name was called? I think I’d have freaked out! lol..


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  • Will

    I have appeared on 2 game shows, and have been looked at for 3 others. Unless it’s Jeopardy, what casting people want to see more than ANYTHING is personality. Will America keep you on their TV’s for more than 30 minutes. One little known fact. For nearly all new game shows, if your episode does not air, you do not get paid, regardless of what you think you have won.

    In 2 shows, since 2008, I have takenm home $68,500.00 in cash.

    • Shari Bines

      Not bad! Well depending I guess lol Was that what you won or are you taking all of the travel and other things he mentioned in the article? Either way, still a nice little rainy day fund ;)

  • KBusler

    Why is this story still on the top pages? It is nearly 2 years old. I hate that.

    • http://www.hemp.ly Jack

      Mr. Busler, if the post still provides value to people (and it does), why do you care that it still shows up on the top pages.

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