Money TV game shows : how to participate?
Game shows can be a lot of fun to watch. Whether you're winding down after a long day or enjoying an afternoon in with family and a fire crackling in the fireplace, the light-hearted banter and the steady-increasing tension for the cash prize offers an entertainment that has stood the test of time.
Have you ever seen a contestant fail where you would have succeeded? Have you seen participants be overly cautious where you would have been bold and had a crack at the jackpot? If so, perhaps you should consider applying to appear on a game show. Registering for a show is easy and free. In addition, with a lot of different formats and prizes, a little research into which shows you wish to apply to might even get you a head start on winning that grand prize.
This article will survey different shows that are open to applicants in the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia, as well as briefly explain application procedures and suggest advice and tips for each one.
In the UK
Million Pound Drop
Debuting in 2000, the BAFTA award winning program Million Pound Drop is a star on the Channel 4 line-up. The pair of contestants are offered a million pounds in 40 stacks each worth 25,000£ and must try to save as much money as possible as they stake their bets on 8 multiple choice questions. The show therefore offers high stakes, maximum winnings coming up to 1 million pounds (that is £500,000 per person, if you choose to split the pot evenly), in a format that is relatively quick and straightforward.
Tips for prospective contestants on the show, you must fulfill certain conditions:
- be 18 or older
- be a resident in either the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland
- fill an application form online (applicants may include photos and/or videos if they so choose)
Form and details available here.
First aired in 2009, the ITV game show may have won three times as many awards as Million Pound Drop, counting a total of 3 BAFTA awards, it offers at most 4 times less prize money to contestants with a maximum prize of £250,000. Contestants take place in the Cube and face a number of challenges putting both physical ability and mental dexterity to the test to increase their winnings. Only one competitor has ever defeated the Cube, olympian gold medalist Mo Farah, winner of both 10,000 and 5,000 meter contests in the London 2012 olympic games. The money was donated to his foundation to provide aid to East Africa.
If you think you are up to the task, you may apply by requesting an application form on the ITV website. Simply fill it out and turn it in after receiving it. To be elligible, contestants must be above 18 years of age at the time of the application. Applications run on a short-term basis so be sure to keep informed on the special rubric of the ITV website.
The Tipping Point
Since 2012, britons have been tuning in to ITV to follow the program featuring contestants trying their luck at an oversized coin-pusher. However, with earnings as high as £10,000, this is no ordinary arcade game. Also, the show incorporates classic elements from all-time favorite game-shows with rapid fire question and answer rounds between contestants. As such, it features a combination of skill, competitors responding to trivia quesions as fast as possible, and luck as they attempt to push as many£50 tokens beyond the tipping point.
Advice to prospective applicants: you must download an application form, complete it, and email or post it in to ITV. In addition, you must be above 18 years of age for your application to be taken into consideration. Auditions are open for limited time only, to stay informed we advise you to view the dedicated section of the ITV site.
The final show in our survey is relatively young, as it first aired on BBC One in 2009, but is an instant classic. The show offers 45 minutes oozing with wit: from the presenting duo, who have fantastic comical chemistry, to the format of the game, asking contestant to identify the least popular responses in a series of poll questions (the opposite of Family Feud). The maximum prize is 1,000£, but with a rolling jackpot from one week to the next, winnings have gone as far as nearly 25,000£.
You may apply to appear as a contestant on Pointless through the “Be on a Show” rubric of the BBC website. Applicants must be over 18 years old and be residents in the UK. After submitting your application, rounds of auditions will determine the pairs that will appear on the program. Further information and forms available directly from this link.
In the United States
America's favourite game show is also the record holder for money winnings on TV with a $2,520,700 jackpot earned by a single contestant. This is not the only record held by the classic game show, as it has won the most Emmys with 30 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show features a rapid fire trivia quiz in which players are offered the answer as a clue and must formulate the question to which it responds. These answers are divided into categories and ranked by difficulty, and contestants having correctly answered the question must then choose which tile on the board they wish to turn over next.
Before apparing on the show, applicants go through several rounds of selection.
- Applicants must take an online test
- They are called in for in person audition
- Take a written test
- Participate in a mock round of Jeopardy!
- Respond to a brief personality interview
Contestants are disqualified at each stage of the process, however those who get through will get called on the show. Useful tip: although there is a waiting period between applications if you are not a first time applicant, you may re-apply at a later date. Online registration forms available from this link.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
The game offers a chance to win $1 million by answering 15 general knowledge questions with the help of 3 lifelines. The show's success has led it to be adapted to countries around the world in local versions and to be declined as a board game and digital applications.
Applicants are chosen on an audition-based selection process. Moreover, to appear on the show selected candidates go through a preliminary “Fastest Finger” round in which they must answer a question faster than the other competitors to take a seat in the center and take a chance at going home a millionaire. Audition calls will be posted on the following link.
Wheel of Fortune
Yet another American TV hit that spread globally, the Wheel of Fortune gives contestants a chance to win one million dollars in a mixture of riddles which contestants must guess the letters to solve and chance as players spin the wheel to define the amount of prize money for each letter guessed.
Applicants may select which type of play they wish to apply for: Adult, College student or Teens. Furthermore, prospective contestants should complete the registration form as well as a survey questionnaire. Pre-selected candidates will be called in for an audition to determine those which will participate on the televised program. Details and forms available directly from the contestants' section of the Wheel of Fortune website.
Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Though it may sound an obvious truism that most adults are smarter than a 10 year old kid, the show demonstrates that few are able to walk off the show having proven it. As contestants answer a series of 10 questions for a total of $500,000, a final question allows those having correctly answered all questions to win One million dollars. Fox network's original show rapidly became a success and its format was adopted abroad.
To put yourself to the test and prove that you are smarter than a 5th grader, you should go on Fox's website and download the relevant application form. Print it off, complete it, and mail it in along with a picture of yourself. If you are lucky, you will be able to take your shot at becoming your millionaire and braging rights over 5th graders. If not, our advice is to repeat the initial steps. Indeed, you may reapply as many times as you wish and hope you will eventually get through.
America's favorite is also a all-time hit in Canada. Canadia gameshow host Alex Trebek who presents the American version also presenting the Canadian program which airs on CHCH. The rules and format of the game remain true to the original, contestants competing for money in a fast-paced trivia contest as they provide the question to the answer tiles as quickly as possible. To participate, candidates must be residents of a Canadian province (except Quebec) and be above the age of majority in their province of origin. For more information on how to enter the contests which determine entry to the aired version of Jeopardy!, visit the network's website at chch.com.
The new game show featured on E! aims to test contestants' rapidity and knowledge of pop culture. 10 initial participants must answer pop trivia questions as fast as possible without making any mistakes, otherwise they are eliminated. Each round of question brings an increase in the level of difficulty until finally, the two remaining players face-off in the final round for a cash prize of up to 5,000 dollars.
If you are a pop culture junkie and you wish to prove it by entering the Pop Quiz competition, you may find information on how to participate and schedules for casting calls contestant calls on the dedicated page of the julescasting website.
Match Game is a game show, premiered on the Comedy Network, featuring a panel of celebrities. Contestants and celebrity guests alike are offered “mad lib” style phrases, which they must complete. Contestants must attempt to match the answers offered by the panelists to win points and prize money reaching up to several thousand dollars. The game is true to the network's spirit as the classic word game is kept light and humourous, with plenty of innuendos and double entendres.
Prospective contestants should be residents of Canada and have reached the age of majority in their province of origin at the time of their application. Eligible candidates should fill in the Three Step form available from the special section of Comedy Network's website and await an audition to know if they have been selected to participate in the aired TV show “Match Game”.
Millionaire Hot Seat
The australian spin-off of the classic American TV program, Millionaire Hot Seat, offers a shortenned play for a possible gain of 1 million A$. Six contestants answer questions within a set time limit, a wrong answer results in the elimination of the contestant and the removal of one question and its associated prize money starting from the top. The game ends when all questions are answered or when all contestants have been eliminated. The last man standing or the contestant to answer the final question goes home with the prize.
Prospective applicants should refer themselves to Channel Nine's website and it's “Hot Seat” rubric. To apply, simply fill in the online form available from the “apply” tab. You will be asked for your name, date of birth, gender, contact information as well as your home state and your prefered audition location. Selected candidates will be called in for an audition before they appear on the show.
Deal or No Deal
In this game of strategy and bartering, contestants try to near the maximum prize of 200,000 dollars based on the content of 26 briefcases – some of which are open and others which are not. As contestants' chances are only 1 in 26 to earn the highest prize, they must base their decision to opt for a buy-out on the basis of the briefcases they have already opened, or open all of the briefcases and discover their winnings inside the final box. Useful tip for applicants wishing to participate in the show: different procedures will be offered according to which state you are applying from.
- Participants from Melbourne and the surrounding area must fill in a succint application form (first and last name, gender, age, postcode and prefered audition time) and await an audition
- Participants from other regions must fill in a more extensive application including
- contact details
- age and gender
- relationship status and family size
- whether you wish to audition alone or with someone else
- if you are a resident of Australia
- medical conditions and/or allergies
- criminal record
- as well as more open ended questions such as describe yourself, describe your phobias/superstitions/hidden talents, how would you spend your earnings for example