“The Price is Right”
WHAT: Featuring West Dundee resident Mallory Love
WHEN: 10 a.m. April 5
WHERE: WBBM (Channel 2)
Mallory Love of West Dundee can’t say whether the price was right, even to her family.
All they know is she’ll appear as a contestant on “The Price is Right” during an episode airing at 10 a.m. April 5 on WBBM (Channel 2).
“They’re really excited. I told them I got called down, but I’m not supposed to tell anyone. I’m like, ‘You guys will just have to watch,’ ” said the 26-year-old. “They’re about ready to kill me.”
It was her mother, Margaret, a big fan of the show, who actually got the tickets for Mallory and her friend, Sonya Clark, to attend the Tuesday taping of the show in Los Angeles. The two were on vacation at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
Margaret had planned to surprise her daughter with the tickets, but accidently revealed the surprise when she sent a text about the tickets to Mallory instead of someone else in the family.
Love and Clark left their California hotel early on the morning of the taping, but because of traffic, barely made to the studio before 8:30 a.m., when the doors closed.
“We decided to go just for ridiculous, because that’s what you do on The Price is Right,” Love said.
So the two dressed in matching outfits, electric blue shirts and bright pink skirts. They used iron-on letters to write, “Drew thinks I’m cool,” on their T-shirts, a play off of a quote by the character Milhouse from “The Simpsons.”
“We went as far neon as we could go,” Love said. “It went well because I have flaming red hair.”
She said she kind of expected a lot of waiting around for the taping to begin, but not as much as actually happened. It was at least four hours after their arrival before they became part of the show.
“When you get in there, the energy is really palpable,” she said. “They encourage you to get up and scream. It’s crazy. You get swept up in it.”
Love and Clark had hoped they’d both get called down. But as the taping came to an end, they thought neither of them would. And then finally, Love’s name came up.
She couldn’t hear the announcer because it was too loud in the studio, but she saw her name on a poster being held up.
“As soon as I saw it, I jumped up,” she said. “I remember death hugging [Clark] and I just ran. All of these people are sticking their hands out and trying to hug you. It’s very much a shock.”
A fan of the show who watches it “from time to time,” Love can’t say how well she did with the bidding, but did say she was doing fairly well while sitting in the audience.
“Talking in the audience, we would hear it, and I was getting them right every time,” she said.
An employee of Half Price Books in Bloomingdale, Love has the day off work Friday, so she plans to gather with her family and friends to watch the show.
She wouldn’t mind making her way to another game show one day, perhaps Wheel of Fortune.
“It was really fun,” she said of the experience. “I wish I could do it again.”By JAMI KUNZER – firstname.lastname@example.org