I love game shows. If you love them like I do, I’m sure you play along fantasizing that you would win the big prize the contestants are playing for. Game shows are here to stay, there have been and currently are so many different ones on TV. They are fun to watch alone or with friends and family. They can bring out your competitive nature and can even teach you a thing or two.
And unless you’re a big time hater of game shows, you usually cheer for the contestants to win the prize they are playing for. We really root for their success and can feel embarrassed for them when they strike out unnecessarily. I saw a bad deal a contestant made while I was watching “Let’s make a deal” and decided to write about the top 5 game show mistakes that were avoidable and costly for the contestants. Here are my picks for 5 costly game show mistakes (game show fails).
1) Bad Deal
Let’s Make a Deal
This a game show currently hosted by Wayne Brady. In this show contestants are randomly selected from the studio audience, the weirder the costume, the higher the chance you’ll get picked. The contestant is then offered several deals by the host, Wayne Brady. The offers can be cash or random prizes or they can end up being a “zonk” which amounts to nothing. At the end of the show there is the big deal, which is generally a car prize and sometimes some cash given with the car. The contestant who has won the biggest deal throughout the show gets a chance to play for the big deal if they so wish.
In an episode that aired on May 27, 2016 a contestant won a $17,000 car during a regular deal and was offered to play the big deal towards the end of the show. The contestant accepted the chance to play the big deal (again which is usually a car) and through the process she picks a curtain with contains some ugly dining room furniture that is worth $4000 and therefore loses the $17, 000 car she had originally won. She should have passed on the opportunity and given it to the next player in line.
A costly mistake of about $13,000 and a new car.
2) Model gives away price
The Price is Right
This long running game show consists of 4 contestants that are called out from the studio audience. These 4 contestants must then bid on an item and be exact or the closest to the actual retail price to get up on stage with the host, currently Drew Carey. Once they are on stage they play a variety of games for a range of different prizes. Prizes range from cars, cash prize, furniture, boats, trips and many more.
Manuela Arbelaez is one of the Price is Right models. The models show off the prizes and sometimes reveal the prices for items as the games are played. During an episode of the game show, a contestant was playing a game called “Five Price Tags” as they tried to win a car. There were five prices that were hidden and the contestant had to pick the correct price of the car. The contestant had 3 guesses to pick the right price. After just one guess, Manuela exposed the correct price tag before the contestant could guess again. The contestant won the car which was worth $21, 960.
A mistake of $21, 960 to the show.
3) No slang here
The Wheel of Fortune
Another long running game show hosted by Pat Sajak, the wheel of fortune features a wheel and a puzzle board. 3 contestants spin the wheel to win different prize amounts if they successfully solve the puzzle on the board. The contestants pick letters in a hangman style in order to solve the puzzle.
Renee Durrett was a contestant on the Wheel and was going to solve a puzzle when she seemingly didn’t’ pronounce the hard “g” in the answer “seven swans a-swimming” and Pat Sajak says its wrong and moves on to the next contestant to have Renee lose out on nearly $4000 for missing the “g” in the answer.
A mistake of about $4000.
4) What’s her name?
This show has been on longer than “The Price is right” and “The Wheel of fortune.” Jeopardy, hosted by Alex Trebek, is a quiz style game that puts your brain to work. There are 3 contestants that face a board of various answers to which they must guess the correct question. The person with the highest dollar amount at the end of the show wins the money and gets to come back again. Periodically the show has contestants that are celebrities, kids, teenagers or college students.
On a Teen challenge show, Karan Takhar got the right answer for “Non-fiction writers” but placed it in a nickname that cost him $12, 800. The answer was “Who is Anne Frank” but he wrote “Annie Frank” which was not acceptable because she is never referred to as “Annie.” The show did some research and could not find any account of the famous diary author being called “Annie”.
A mistake that cost $12, 800 and the win.
5) Zero family contribution
This show has been on for a while as well and it features two families that face off against each other and is currently hosted by the funny Steve Harvey. The families aim to guess the top answers for random questions. The family that reaches 300 points at the end of the 3 rounds moves on to the “fast money” round where two players answer the same questions one after the other in order to gain 200 points and win $20,000.
The Sass family won and were up for “fast money.” Tim Sass went first and did an excellent job during his round on fast money. Tim got 172 points which meant that the next person had to get 18 points for the family to win $20,000. One answer could easily get you 18 points and this should have been an easy win for the family. Unfortunately the next family member up, Anna Sass didn’t fare so well. Anna got all zeroes on her answers and didn’t add any points to Tim’s astounding 172 points and the family did not win the $20,000.
A mistake costing $20, 000.
The Let’s Make a Deal mistake was so misguided. I feel like greed was a factor in the decision and listening to your friend you brought with you versus just going with your gut. Just be grateful for what you have and let someone else get a chance as well.
The Price is Right mistake is relatable for us as employees. How many times have we made mistakes on the job? It’s just unfortunate that for Manuela, her mistake was taped and shown to whoever was watching. Just like we’ve learned from our mistakes, I’m sure she’s very careful when she’s turning over price tags ever since that incident.
I know The Wheel of Fortune mistake should have been allowed. To us it seems pretty trivial to disallow the win over missing the “g” in the answer since many of us speak in like manner. However, I guess it’s about setting a precedent. If they allow this to slide, other mispronunciations can be disputed and the show is hinged upon the contestants saying out loud what they think the puzzle answer is.
Karan on Jeopardy probably didn’t think much of the answer when he wrote it. Perhaps he couldn’t remember if it was Anne or Annie. Our memories do fail us sometimes, especially if we’re not too familiar with a specific topic. At least Jeopardy researchers tried to see if the nickname was ever used, unfortunately it never was. I bet Karan will never forget the correct first name now.
The let down on Family Feud must have been hard for the family at the time. They were so close. It’s one thing if you were so far from reaching the target but when it should have been so easy and it slips away, that’s a hard lesson. It is nerve wracking to answer timed questions. Anna also repeated some of Tim’s answers which forced her to rethink her answers on the spot, which is tricky. But knowing the nature of the game, the players selected should be prepared for the stress of the moment. Hopefully this didn’t cause a real family feud as I’m sure we know families that have fought over lesser dollar amounts.
If we were in these contestants shoes, we might have made the very same mistakes. Let’s take their mistakes as lessons for ourselves and be more considerate, careful, eloquent, accurate and stress free, that is until we’re the contestant on a popular game show!