FARMINGTON – One Farmington resident is getting the chance to “come on down.”
Jamie Anderson appeared the Friday, Dec. 14 episode of “The Price Is Right.” She was chosen as a contestant after attending a taping with several of her friends, and got onstage after winning the qualifying game.
“It was kind of a dream come true,” said Anderson. “When I was around 10, I would race home from swim team in the summer so I could be there in time to watch the show.”
Before making the trip, Anderson’s aunt told her that the people who choose contestants for the show watch the people waiting in line to get in. So she made sure to be as friendly and cheerful as possible with everyone else who was waiting with her.
“My aunt said she knew tons of people who had gotten on the show,” she said. “So I was giving people high-fives and asking them where they were from.”
And when it came time for the interview process, she had something special planned.
“I made up a song about why they should pick me, set to the tune of ‘I Wanna Be A Billionaire,” she said. “I called it ‘I Wanna Be on Price Is Right.’ It was a little embarrassing, because I thought it would just be in a small room. But it was in front of a lot of people.”
She also made other preparations. All contestants who are called up have to play One Bid, a game where they try to guess the price of something such as an outdoor furniture set. The contestant who gets the closest without going over is then called onstage to win more prizes.
To get ready for One Bid, Anderson studied the cost of the prizes for an entire season of the show.
“I’d walk on the treadmill every day and watch the episode I’d recorded,” she said. “They use California prices, not our prices, so I knew they were going to be different.”
Anderson also said she knew all the tricks that contestants use during the One Bid contest to get onstage, including bidding only a dollar above the contestant before them.
“I knew you could choose your microphone, so I picked the one on the end so that wouldn’t happen to me,” she said. “I didn’t have time to be nervous or excited or anything. I was just in shock.”
Anderson isn’t allowed to offer many details about her experience after that point.
“There was one game I always wanted to play, and I got to play it,” she said. “It was so cool.”
The experience has also changed her perspective when watching from home.
“When I watch the show now, it’s fun to be able to see where the stage is and know where George (the show’s announcer) stands,” she said. “It’s just fun to see it all come together.”