Tales from the ‘Jeopardy!’ Rabbi…

Hello! Well, after all the excitement and publicity of last week’s big announcement (rather odd to be so celebrated for something I haven’t actually done yet), it’s now back to business as usual here at HowToWinGameShows.com.

And this week, I want to share with you an article – or a series of four articles, really – by Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, from Westchester, New York, about his experience as a contestant on Jeopardy!


Alex Trebek with Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman on the set of ‘Jeopardy!’

The series is entitled My Jewish Approach to Being on Jeopardy. I found Rabbi Mitelman’s perspective fascinating. I’d never seen a faith-related approach to game show contestant preparation and performance before, but his approach is far from exclusionary; these articles are chock full of ideas that can be applied by absolutely anyone who’s serious about winning game shows.

The articles are chatty and engaging, but Rabbi Mitelman is clearly someone who takes game show preparation very seriously. In the first article, he gives three great essential principles for game show success, which also happen to be great principles for the wider world, and life in general, that have also served him well in his career, and his education. They are, in essence:

1. Control what you can – and realize you don’t know how much control you have

2. Pay attention to the small — and seemingly irrelevant — things

3. Remember that remembering requires effort

Then, in the second article: How I Prepared, he discusses studying, practising, test-playing / rehearsing and buzzer technique – all pillars of a solid preparation regime. he even recommends an app called Jeopscore which allows you to keep track of your score as you play along at home. (I think it’s an Android app. I’ve searched, but haven’t had a lot of luck finding it. Please let me know if you fare better!) There are links to other great Jeopardy! resources here too, such as The J-Archive, the Anki flashcard app, and this great article by Karl Coryat.

The third article (The Lead-Up) covers the nuts-and-bolts of the online test, the audition, and receiving The all-important Call; The Call that means you’ve been selected to be on the show. This article is really more anecdotal in tone than the previous ones – it’s mainly outlining that particular part of the Jeopardy! contestant journey… although there is a mention of another training app called Knowledge Trainer, which I haven’t tried, but it does look pretty good!

The final article in the series of four – The Day Itself – chronicles Rabbi Mitelman’s in-studio Jeopardy! experience, and as such, contains spoilers. Spoilers which I certainly won’t reveal here. To find out what happens, you’ll just have to go and read it yourself!

All in all, this is a really great series of articles for anyone interested in winning game shows in general, and winning Jeopardy! in particular. As we see so often, there is so much more to winning game shows than meets the eye, and the well-prepared contestant will have the edge over the unprepared contestant each and every single time. In this series of articles, Rabbi Mitelman outlines a series of tips and hints that he used, and that anyone contemplating an appearance on Jeopardy! would do well to consider.

It’s an entertaining read, it’s jam-packed with useful tips, and I recommend it highly. So thank you again, Rabbi Mitelman, for taking the time to chronicle your Jeopardy! experience so thoroughly – I absolutely loved reading it!

A surprising challenge from Hamish & Andy…

Hamish and Andy


So yesterday afternoon, I was lucky enough to pop up on Hamish & Andy’s afternoon radio show, to talk about game shows, how to win them, and of course my eBook How To Win Game Shows. But if you know Hamish & Andy, you’d know that they don’t tend to do run-of-the-mill, ordinary interviews. They’re always after ways of making things a little more quirky, a little more competitive, a little more fun…


“You CAN do it… because you’ve already done it.” Or ‘Sisyphus v 2.0’

Sisyphus – a King in Greek mythology, doomed by Zeus to repeatedly roll a boulder up a hill, for all of eternity. According to the story, at the end of each day, Sisyphus succeeds in rolling the boulder to the top of the hill, only to watch it roll back down to its starting point, forcing him to roll it up to the top again. And so on, and so on, and so on… This myth is often used as a symbol for any futile, repetitive action. In fact, the word Sisyphean is used to refer to “a task that’s endless and unavailing.”


I’d like to encourage poor old Sisyphus to look on the bright side, though. Think about it; after all the times he’s rolled that boulder up the hill, he must be really, really good at rolling a boulder up a hill. In fact, if “practice makes perfect”, there’d be no one better at uphill-boulder-rolling in the entire world than Sisyphus. Now, while there’s no denying that Sisyphus’s situation is pretty frickin’ dire, at least he can take comfort in the fact that each morning when he wakes up, he’s going to be able to do what he has to do, and he’s going to be able to do it really well. He’s done it before. Heaps of times, in his case.

Which brings me to the subject of today’s post: “You can do it… because you’ve already done it.” This is a really powerful thought. And it’s a thought worth memorising and locking away, because when you revisit it at the right time, and remind yourself of it, it can give you a real boost. A case in point….

Three days ago, I went for the biggest audition of my life*.

It was for the lead role in a big new play, that’s adapted from some very well-loved original source material. I’ve never been better prepared for an audition. I learned the lines and did every bit of homework and research I could on the source material – even looking up a couple of unfamiliar words. I wanted to know the source material inside out. I recorded my lines, made them into a playlist for my iPod, and played them back to myself repeatedly, when driving, walking the dog, or just doing jobs around the house. My initial audition was on Monday. I did well enough to get through to the second round, and auditioned again on Tuesday. I did well enough in that audition to get through to the third and final round, which was on Saturday.

I did a lot of self-talk during the whole process. And one of the things I kept telling myself, like a mantra, was “you can do it, because you’ve already done it“. I had got through the first audition, I had got through the second audition – I just had to keep doing what I had been doing, and I’d be okay. It was largely a matter of doing the same thing and tweaking it.

Saturday’s final audition was a marathon – from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, performing scene after scene, interspersed with long stretches of waiting in a theatre foyer and trying not to get too chatty with the 6 other actors who were going for the role I so desperately want. They were my competition. I didn’t socialise with them. I wrote notes in my notebook, I put my iPod on, and just kept myself to myself. I didn’t want to buy into any conversations, potential mind games, or give too much of myself away.

Having said that, from time to time I did try to listen to their conversations, to see what pieces of intel I could pick up about the day’s proceedings, about how well they thought they went, and any other useful nuggets of information. In this way, I discovered:

  • The day of auditions I was attending was the one and only day of final auditions. (This was good news, as I had previously understood that there were 2 days of final auditions, and this was the second one. This would have meant there’d have been twice as many people going for “my” role.)
  • One of my competitors didn’t bother to learn the lines of the 3 additional scenes they’d sent us 2 days before the audition.
  • That same competitor said during his auditions, he saw the big boss doing a crossword. (This was good news for me, as I had the big boss’s full attention during my auditions)

“Well, that’s all well and good and fine and dandy, Stephen”, I hear you say, “but how does all this relate to game shows and game show strategy? Hmm?”

Well, much like a game show, last Saturday’s audition was a competitive situation. I had opponents. And I had to share a waiting room with them for quite some time. I had to wait, to manage my energy levels. When called upon, I had to bring my A-Game, I had to perform in short bursts in a high-pressure, competitive situation. And I had to do it repeatedly, between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

So some of my own game show training came in handy. I approached it as I approached my run on Temptation. Although they gave us an hour-long break for lunch, I had brought a couple of muesli bars in my bag, just to help with blood sugar levels. At about 11:00 in the morning, I saw one actor – who hadn’t been called in to audition yet – duck out of the foyer to go and get something to eat; he was “starving”. One minute after he left the building – you guessed it – he was called in to audition. He wasn’t there, so they bumped his audition time back to later in the day. More stress, more suspense for him. And completely avoidable, if he’d just packed some snacks beforehand.

If you’ve auditioned for a game show and got through that initial interview, and you’re about to appear on the game show for real, “You can do it… because you’ve already done it”. If you’re on the game show, and you’ve won your first episode, and you’re about to play your second episode, “You can do it… because you’ve already done it”Or your third episode, “You can do it… because you’ve already done it”Or your fourth episode, “You can do it… because you’ve already done it”. Or your fifth, “You can do it… because you’ve already done it”.

This mantra was exactly what I told myself each time I stepped up to the plate during my 7 night winning streak on Temptation.

This mantra is what I tell myself now, as I tweak and revamp my iPhone app Step-By-Step-Story, for a Version 2.0.

On game shows just as in life, once you’ve actually got the ball rolling from a dead stop, you’ve already done the hardest part. Once you’ve got some momentum happening, a large amount of the work is already done. I think we need to remind ourselves of that sometimes. We are all capable of achieving truly great things – and once you’ve taken that all-important first step, you’re on your way. So take that step!

* At the time of writing, I haven’t heard back as to whether I got the part or not. In case you’re curious, I’ll let you know what the audition was for when the results have been announced. 


Next week, I’m very pleased to present the first part of my first ever interview with a real live game show creator! I was excited to get a chance to talk to this person, since I’ve never interviewed someone who actually invented a game show before! “But which game show is it?” I hear you cry, “and who is this game show creator of which you speak?”, I hear you ask, in an unnecessarily formal fashion. All will be revealed next week. Just as my eBook How To Win Game shows (still available at the special price of $19.99 AU) will be revealed** if you click this link. See you next Tuesday!  

** This has been the latest in my series of ludicrously tangential eBook plugs at the end of my weekly post. Thank you.


Book review – ‘Winning Secrets from The Game Show Guru’ by Scott Hostetler

This week, I’ve got a book review for you; my thoughts and impressions of Winning Secrets from the Game Show Guru. This 198-page book was published in 2009, and is the work of “Game Show Guru” Scott Hostetler, whose site is at www.TheGameShowGuru.com. Scott’s a veteran of over 17 game shows, and this book distils all of his game show experiences – and a number of great tips – from his long and successful game show contestant career.

I’d recommend this book – it features a lot of handy hints all learned from Scott’s personal experiences, and anecdotes that will entertain anyone who’s a fan of game shows.

Scott has divided the book into three parts.

Part One goes into great detail about the actual process of of being a game show contestant, with sections entitled Getting an Audition, The Audition and Championship Strategies. The content here is all really useful stuff, and it’s clear that Scott is really passionate about the subject. It’s told concisely, clearly and with a nice conversational lightness of touch that makes it very easy to read. In getting some of the points across, Scott uses two characters named “Iwinn Bigg” and “Unprepared Pete” to illustrate the right way and wrong way to do things. This is probably unnecessary, and feels a little forced, particularly when the author seems to have no shortage of real life memories of contestants (and would-be contestants) to provide examples of dos and don’ts. The points are usually illustrated well enough with anecdotes from Scott’s various game show adventures, and by the end of this section – provided you’ve been taking notes – you’ll have learned some useful tips and techniques that most people auditioning won’t know.

Part Two of the book is entitled The Game Show History of the The Game Show Guru. This is pretty much what you’d expect from the title – a blow-by-blow account of Scott’s appearances on various game shows over 30 years, from 1977 – 2007. Each show is given its own chapter, and Scott often includes another tidbit after the telling of the story, whether it’s a backstage recollection, a strategy tip, or a moment in game show history. Scott’s an accomplished raconteur, and in many of these chapters, he invites the reader the chance to play along, by solving the various puzzles with (or should that be against?) him, as his account of the game unfolds. I thought this was a neat idea, and particularly enjoyed ‘playing along at home’ when reading the chapters that included these puzzles.

The final part of the book is given over to 25 pages of practice tests that Scott has devised; essentially Wheel of Fortune-type ‘fill-in-the-blank’ puzzles, and trivia questions.

And there you have it. Although I did generally enjoy the book, there were three things I wanted to mention. Firstly, an aspect that left me wanting more:

Scott mentions in the book and on his site that 100% of the people he has personally coached have gone on to have some degree of game show success. I wanted to know more about this. Scott doesn’t say anything more than this about his one-on-one training. I assume it consisted of him taking his students through the tips and principles he outlines in this book, but maybe including a chapter on this would have added a little more value. As a reader, I was curious as to how he trained them to get such great results, and would have loved a peek behind the scenes at that process.

Secondly, another aspect that really doesn’t do the book any favours is its graphic design. The cover, as you can see, doesn’t really catch the eye, or tell much of a story, and the many cartoons by Jeni Emery throughout the book have a distinctly amateurish feel, to say the least…

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Exclusive interview with ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Temptation’ Champion Blair Martin – Part II


Two time quiz show champion Blair Martin


My interview with Blair Martin continues this week, as Blair opens up this instalment with his thoughts on how we Australians (sadly) often regard those amongst us who put ourselves on the line, take a risk and ‘have a go’….


BM: With Jeopardy!, I remember looking back at some of the footage and I’m thinking “God, you can be a smug bastard”. Something came up; “who was Moses’ brother?” In Jeopardy!, it’s phrased as an answer and you have to give it as a question. The look on my face was like “Oh really? How easy is this?” I just gave this nice answer* and Tony Barber was quite impressed. He said, “My goodness, your knowledge is really broad. It’s phenomenal.” I was like “Yeah, you know”…

Although I did try not to come across as too ‘up yourself’, because coming from a very middle class background, provincial city in the middle of Queensland… that very Australian thing; we cut the tall poppy down. And I was always bullied at primary school, and then I went to high school and the same thing happened there. Because I was the one doing school musicals and was the library monitor, and all that. And you know, you’re not a real person, are you? You’re something like a strange creature. 

SH: You’re not a “blokey bloke”, yeah.

BM: So trying not being too up myself when I’m doing quiz programs.

SH: So Jeopardy! was 1993. You came away from that with $76,000 and a new TV?

BM: Yeah! I used that television right up until Temptation gave me another one! (LAUGHS). Who’d have known my TVs for the last 25 years would come courtesy of quiz shows?

SH: After that, had you always thought that you wanted to have another crack at quiz show competition?

BM: It has always been an interest of mine. I think the Jeopardy! experience gave me a bit of a profile. So after Jeopardy! in my work as a performer I had an opportunity to offer to clients; “if you want a quiz format for your entertainment that’s a little bit better than your pub trivia, that’s actually hosted by someone who’s actually won one of these, who likes writing these questions…” I think that the trick with writing questions is you can’t make them too hard. You can be as oblique as you like, and people will be like “that’s fascinating, but why?” You want to give people enough of an opportunity to think they can win this and that they know the answer and of course, we love hearing teams argue! When they’re giving their answer they go “I told you that was the right one!” It’s great and it adds a bit of challenge. So I was doing that, and then Who Wants to be a Millionaire appeared, and there was the Channel 7 similar version to that hosted by Frank Warrick, where you had to ring up the call number, and I never got invited to audition for either of those programs. So I really wasn’t interested. There was The Weakest Link as well. I just thought “I don’t like the format of The Weakest Link.”

SH: It’s pretty nasty, isn’t it?

BM: Even though I’ve had friends who had appeared on it, I still think it rewards mediocrity, because if you’re clever you’ll get shot down – or just used – by the less clever people and then all of a sudden they will vote you off. I just disliked it. I thought it was pretty awful. Then Temptation came along, and I thought “why not?” 

SH: Did you watch Temptation from the start, in 2005? 

BM: Yes and no… and I will have to say with the deepest amount of shame and regret, I never saw you on it.

SH: (LAUGHS) You don’t have to have deep shame and regret about that!

BM: I was like “Stephen Hall, the actor? I didn’t know he did that!” It’s a bit like Matt Parkinson. He did his stuff on Sale of the Century… but there was a little something else before Temptation; I was on the very first taping of The Einstein Factor. And I thought that was a tremendous program. Being ABC, there is no money in it but it was great fun and I ended up being beaten by the woman who went on to win the Einstein Factor that year, which was 2004. I did say to her “you will go on to win this”… and yes, she did. The next year, when Temptation came around, I applied. It was 2005 and I was having dinner with some friends and one of them said “I’m going up to Channel 9 tomorrow morning. I’m auditioning for Temptation.” I thought “I’ve sent them an email for that and they’ve never responded. Oh, I know how these things work, I’ll just go up”. Totally brazen! Gate-crash the audition, basically. Two weeks after that, I got an email saying “we will be back in Brisbane on such and such date in November”. 

SH: “Actually, it turns out I am already there!” 


SPOILER ALERT: If you hadn’t already worked it out, Blair’s gatecrashing of the Brisbane Temptation audition was a success – he did get on the show. So their November email to him was already redundant. Next week, Blair and I discuss the lead up to his Temptation experience, and what he did by way of preparation. In the meantime, you can catch up with what Blair’s up to these days at his website, or by following him on Twitter. But for now, until next week – which also happens to be next year – I’ll say goodbye, and thank you so much for all your support in 2015!



* And for those playing along at home, Moses’ brother was Aaron.





‘How To Win Game Shows’ the eBook: UPDATE!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the scheduled launch day for How To Win Game Shows  – the eBook! 

Only thing is, it’s not quite ready yet.


All the content is done, but I’m afraid I’ve underestimated the time that editing, proofreading and getting an eStore up and running would take. So, I know I did say that it’d be ready to go by today, but if you can bear with me for one more week, I’d really appreciate it. That makes the revised launch date Sunday September 20th. I’d like to thank you so much for your patience and understanding. As a little taste of what it’ll look like, here’s the eBook’s cover:

The eBook's front cover!

The eBook’s front cover!

In the meantime, it’ll be business as usual here at the blog, with my next weekly post due on Tuesday. That will chronicle the first part of my Australia’s Brainiest Quizmaster journey – this was the show in early 2006 that pitted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire winners against Sale of the Century and Temptation winners, in a battle to win the $20,000 for charity, and the title of ‘Australia’s Brainiest Quizmaster’. I did manage to win it, but it certainly wasn’t all smooth sailing. The story of how I accomplished it begins right here on Tuesday, and hopefully there’ll be some tips and hints in there that will be helpful to you, as you learn from my mistakes.

Until then, thank you so much for your patience, and remember, you can still get a FREE SNEAK PREVIEW BONUS CHAPTER of the eBook by signing up to the How To Win Game Shows mailing list, by using the handy (if slightly squashed) email sign up box to the right! ——————————————————————————————————->

EXCLUSIVE interview with Guinness World Record holding TV Quiz contestant David St John – Part I

512IyGWsonL._AA258_PIkin4,BottomRight,-48,22_AA280_SH20_OU35_It’s a great pleasure today to interview our first ever genuine Guinness World Record Holder for www.howtowingameshows.com!
David St John, a comedy entertainer from Birmingham in the UK, has racked up appearances on 34 different quiz shows in a thirty year odyssey that he’s chronicled in his eBook Yours Quizzically: Confessions of a TV Quiz Addict, which is available now – here! – on Amazon.


SH: David, welcome to www.howtowingameshows.com, and thanks for talking to me today. First, I feel I have to ask; Why TV quiz shows? What is it that fascinates you about them, and makes you want to keep going on them?

DSJ: They fascinate many people! I simply caught the bug after trying my luck on my first show back in 1982. I never expected to be the outright winner, as I never ‘study’ or revise, so the euphoria planted the seed that germinated over the next thirty odd years. Some people want to win money, others just enjoy the chance to appear on television and be watched by millions – my agenda was to push my own PR as a professional entertainer, leading to spin-off work etc. The prize money was a bonus, of course! I have also nurtured an ambition to host my own show, so one never knows….

SH: You’ve chronicled your unique game show journey in your eBook Yours Quizzically: Confessions of a TV Quiz Addict, which is available here on Amazon.  It’s a very thorough account of all your experiences on the many, many different shows from 1982, right up to 2014. What was the most challenging thing about writing the book?

DSJ: In all honesty, I found it easy! Time-consuming, and written in spread out sessions in between the daily routines over a couple of months. One has to be ‘in the mood’ with no distractions, but I found that I could switch on and off, with no break in continuity. I guess that fiction writers have more of a problem, as the discipline and creative thought processes are very different.

SH: Were there any moments in the writing process that surprised you?

DSJ: Yes – the way in which I sat down, started to write and notice how much detail I could remember. It poured out and my first draft was around 100,000 words! I then had a couple of proof-readers check it out, with mainly basic grammar suggestions and happy that my spelling faculties were fine. It also needed editing, so I whittled it down to a reasonable length. On each chapter that outlines each of my TV quiz show appearances, I played each show back and this reminded me of the actual recordings. On top of that, I slotted in loads of relevant linked gags, that I use in live shows, plus thinking up other associated one-liners. This, hopefully, makes it more of an entertaining read, plus offering tips on the whole process of applying for actual shows.

SH: Given that you’ve been on 34 of them, there’s probably no-one more successful at getting through the TV quiz show selection and audition process! What are the 3 most important things for aspiring TV quiz show contestants to know, in order to get through the selection process successfully?

DSJ: Perseverance, Confidence, Luck.

SH: Clearly, nerves aren’t a problem for you when appearing on game shows, but many contestants do struggle with them. Do you have any tips for aspiring contestants to stop nerves getting the better of them, come show time?

DSJ: It really depends on the person! I’m lucky in the lack-of-nerves department, as I have spent most of my life on stages, so the television studio is an extension of this, although there is a high pressure element. One can make a complete fool of themselves, with ‘dumb’ or no answers, but the adrenaline factor can kick in as the confidence builds. I have noticed many bright contestants go to pieces, whilst less knowledgeable players can sometimes get lucky and one never knows, until being there on the spot. The audition process normally gives experienced researchers a good idea of any applicant’s general knowledge plus an insight into their personality. This usually carries across when the actual selections are made, but things can change on the studio floor! Added pressure of complicated game play, lighting, music, ticking clocks can all affect the contestants. Not forgetting that ‘dirty tricks’ might come into play as other players might vote others off for the silliest reasons, but often when they wish to eliminate ‘threats’ i.e. strong contestants!


Next week, in the second – and final – part of our interview, David takes me through the highlights and lowlights of his long list of appearances, his thoughts on how the game show landscape has changed over the years, and his all-important tips for success! Thanks so much again to David for giving his time, and if you’d like to find out more about him, you can, at his website: www.davidstjohn.co.uk.


EXCLUSIVE interview with Quiz Show Champion Russell Cheek – Part II

1993-Russe-wins-Sale-of-Century-300x238This week, as my interview with Sale of the Century champion Russell Cheek continues, we get down to the nitty-gritty of how he made his way to “Australia’s Richest Quiz” in 1993, as documented by this picture to the right.

N.B.: The gentleman on the left of the photo is Glenn Ridge, who hosted the show at the time, along with Jo Bailey, who’s to the right of frame.

When we left off last week, Russell was explaining how the success of his comedy group the Castanet Club, which was founded in Newcastle (some 160 km North of Sydney) led to a move down south…


RC: We came to live in Sydney in 1986 and we developed a really great live following, we went overseas, the Edinburgh Festival and all of that stuff. Then in 1992, without telling anyone, Warren Coleman (who was in our band) went on Sale of the Century. He came home with two motorcars. We just went “Oh feck”. He turned up for rehearsals one day in a Nissan 4-wheel drive. Then he invited us over to watch his shows on telly. Warren only played three games, then at the end of the third show he actually picked the two cards, the cards that corresponded to winning the two Nissans at the end of the show. And then in those 30 seconds in the ad break, when Glenn Ridge was standing there, Warren actually touched the cars that were on the showroom floor. He touched the cars and he said to himself, “Ooh. These are actually real. I’m touching these cars”. He said “I think I am going to take them home. I think I am not going to continue on, to try and get the jackpot. I am going to quit the show and take the cars”. So that’s what he did. He did three shows, picked the cars and went home. Then, when he turned up for [our] rehearsals driving this big Nissan Patrol, I thought “maybe the time has come”; maybe I have to screw my courage to the sticking place and sign up.

So I wrote away, and it took them a year to reply to me. I thought they had forgotten. Took them a year to reply, and then I went in for the audition. And because I did quite well in the audition – they asked very hard questions in the audition but I went well, I got like 41 out of 50 – I said “I think I am going to be on this show soon” so I started to mentally preparing, just getting myself into gear for it .

SH: How did you do that?

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CONTESTANT AUDITIONS THIS SATURDAY for an exciting new game show!

SellOut logoHello! This is a STOP PRESS moment.

Game Show Host, Game Show Producer and good friend of www.howtowingameshows.com Michael Pope is about to commence hosting duties again… on a new game show on Australia’s 7TWO network. It’s called SellOut, and it’s a brand new concept in game show TV. It’s a type of game show format that’s never really been done before, and it looks intriguing… as well as an awful lot of fun.

For a sneak peek at the show, have a look at its official site: www.sellout.tv


So if you’re in Sydney, and you’d like to be part of the fun – and have a chance at winning all those great prizes – you can register your interest by emailing auditions@sellout.tv

So Good Luck! And be sure to keep an eye out for Sell Out, premièring Monday September 22nd on 7TWO, at 11:30 AM.


‘Family Feud’ set to return to Australia!

Family-Feud_Grant-Denyer_ResizedFremantle Media has announced that the evergreen game show favourite Family Feud will soon be returning to Australian screens on Network Ten, in the 6:00 PM timeslot.

Ten is the third Australian network Family Feud will have appeared on. It ran on Nine from 1977 to 1984 and on Seven from 1989 to 1996. Previous hosts include Tony Barber, Daryl Somers, Sandy Scott, Rob Brough and John Deeks. And of course there was also the 2006 version featuring Bert Newton – Bert’s Family Feud, whose Executive Producer Michael Pope was interviewed exclusively for www.howtowingameshows.com back in June last year. You can (and should!) read the interview right here – it features lots of great Family Feud tips! 

Ten said in a statement that the show would be “funny, engaging and impossible not to play along with at home.” The audience will be invited to play along online via Tenplay and second screen app Beamly.

If you’re in Australia, and would like to audition, you can register by logging onto www.familyfeud.com.au, emailing familyfeud@fremantlemedia.com.au or calling 03 9947 0320.

Production has already commenced, but no on-air date has been announced at this stage. They’re just saying “later in the year”…

Survey says “Good Luck!”