‘Family Feud’ Tips, straight from the Executive Producer!

Bert's Family Feud

This week, I’m posting highlights of Part 2 of my interview with Michael Pope, where he talks about his time as Executive Producer on Bert’s Family Feud. This was a great discussion, and contains loads of useful tips for anyone wanting to be a contestant on Family Feud. We covered a bit of ground here, so I’m going to break it in to two parts, and post the second part of this discussion next week. The entire interview will be in my forthcoming eBook How To Win Game Shows, but for now, here’s the first part of my Family Feud discussion with Michael Pope.

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SH: I’d like to move on now Bert’s Family Feud. Of course, Family Feud is a format that is running all over the world, so I think everyone’s pretty much familiar with the format; one family versus another family in responses to surveys. You were involved in the selection of the contestants and families through the audition and interview process. Could you talk about the sort of things you were looking for in families applying to go on?

MP: Yeah. The thing that I would say to contestants – and it’s applicable for The Price Is Right or Millionaire or Deal Or No Deal or any of them – is to be yourself, but on a really good day. What the auditioners are NOT looking for is someone saying “Oh, sorry I’m late. Jeez, the traffic was crap, wasn’t it? Whoa, you’re holding these auditions really far out, aren’t you? And this is right at dinner time.”

BUT we can smell a put-on kind of “Oh, I’m having the best day and this is fabulous!” and all of that kind of bullshit. We want to see the genuine you, because the game show – if it’s a good game show – takes the contestant through a number of different emotional states, many of them unexpected, and so you hope to see a real person reacting to a real situation. And so at the audition, we want to get an inkling of who the real person is.

If you’re the kind of person who brings negativity into a space let alone a job interview or an audition, we certainly wouldn’t want them on the show.

I was talking just the other day to Michael who auditions for Millionaire and he says

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Well, here goes!

Hello everyone, and welcome to www.howtowingameshows.com!

I’m Stephen Hall. In August 2005, I was a contestant on the Australian game show Temptation. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Temptation was based on the classic Sale Of The Century format, where 3 contestants compete to answer general knowledge questions, in a series of fastest-on-the-buzzer rounds. I won on 7 consecutive nights, becoming the show’s second Grand Champion, scoring a total of $672,357 in cash and prizes.

Then, in February 2006, I competed in Australia’s Brainiest Quiz Master; which pitted 10 former quiz show winners against each other, including winners from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I won that as well.

Since then, I’ve frequently been asked questions such as:

  • What was it like?
  • How did you do it?
  • Have you got any inside tips?

Well, yes. I have. And that’s why I’ve created this website. My aim is to share my game show experiences, learn about yours, and answer your questions. I’ll provide (hopefully helpful!) advice if I can, and let you know about some of the mistakes I made along the way, so that you won’t have to.

I’ve got a lot of ideas for upcoming posts, and at this stage, I intend to post on a weekly basis.

I’m also working on an e-book, which will feature my interviews with game show winners, game show experts, behind-the-scenes figures, game show producers… and even game show hosts!

My ultimate aim is to make www.howtowingameshows.com a really comprehensive, user-friendly and consultative site on the subject. And so, in a spirit of starting as I mean to go on, I’d like to throw this over to you.

What would you like to see on this site?

And do you have any questions that I may be able to help you with?

As I said at the start…. here goes! And once again, welcome.