Sonja Flemming, CBS Broadcasting
South Jordan resident BreAnn Thorpe has been watching game shows of all sorts ever since she was little. You name it, most likely she’s seen it. So it was no surprise that when the opportunity of going on one arose, she was filled with excitement.
Thorpe, who attends nursing school at Weber State University, was living in California with her husband at the time she applied to receive tickets for the game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” After being notified by email saying she was chosen, she and her husband persuaded her sister-in-law and a friend to tag along with them.
In order to prepare for the show, Thorpe said she would research how to get chosen to play on the show.
“We found out that you have about 15 seconds to be interviewed by one of the producers, and in that 15 seconds you have to try and win them over so you’re picked to play,” Thorpe said. “We would take turns practicing by introducing ourselves and saying an interesting fact about ourselves as well.”
Upon arrival at the show, Thorpe was interviewed and tried her best to stick out from the rest of the crowd. As the show started and progressed, she was surprised when she ended up being chosen to play a game.
When Thorpe introduced herself to host Wayne Brady, he asked her what was something interesting she could do. She knew he probably wanted her to perform her interesting fact she mentioned in her interview with the producers, which was singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” backwards.
“Wayne Brady laughed pretty hard when I was singing,” Thorpe said. “It was cool to come home and tell my brother that Wayne Brady laughed at me! My brother and I have watched ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ ever since it started, and we have always been in love with Wayne Brady’s humor.”
Out of all the possible games she could have played, Thorpe ended up playing a game called "Car Pong." Thorpe found this to be quite humorous.
“I’m LDS, and once I found out the game I would be playing, I thought to myself ‘Great, the Mormon girl gets the beer pong game, the one I know I'm not good at.’ ”
Besides being chosen to play a game and enjoying mini dance parties during commercial breaks, receiving a compliment from Brady, whom Thorpe claims to be “the funniest guy in the whole world,” was the best part of all.
“After my game ended, Wayne Brady came up to me, gave me a hug and told me I was the funniest person that he had ever seen. I just felt so special that he, being so funny, thinks I am funny.”
Going on a game show has been a goal of Thorpe’s for quite some time. As a young girl, she and her grandma would spend many of their days watching game shows.
“My grandma would be so proud of me for getting on ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’ That was on my bucket list, to get on one of the game shows for my grandma.”
Thorpe would love to participate again on “Let’s Make a Deal,” or any game show for that matter, if she was chosen.
“Technically I’m not allowed to go on a game show for two years, but I would definitely go on the show again if given the chance. It’s just a huge, fun party, which is right up my alley.”
Thorpe can be seen on "Let's Make a Deal" on Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. MST on CBS.
Kylie Lewis is a freelance writer for the Deseret News. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho, receiving a bachelor's degree in communications.
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