Host Howie Mandel, left, and contestant Russ Chanice demonstrate the ideal "Deal or No Deal" attitude on a show taped for airing on April 7.
Ready to deal
Pearlridge Center braces for onslaught at auditions for "Deal or No Deal"
Officials expect approximately 3,000 people to descend on Pearlridge Center Uptown Saturday for "Deal or No Deal" game show auditions. And yes, they are prepared.
"We're not allowing people to line up until midnight (on Friday)," said Scott Creel, regional director of marketing for MMI Realty Services, the managing agent for Pearlridge. "But we expect that some will be waiting in their cars in the parking lot until that time."
Creel insists that the first-in-line mentality does not carry weight here. "If they're in line by 1 p.m. on Saturday, they will be seen by producers." Anyone arriving after 1 p.m., however, will be turned away without exception.
A potential contestant must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident. Nobody can hold space for others. If you want a shot, you must be in the queue.
Doors will open around 6 a.m. Officials will distribute an identification tag and a form to complete, then escort hopeful millionaires in an orderly fashion to a staging point. Once auditions begin at 10 a.m., the line should move quickly. Producers at eight tables will invite a small group to gather, where "they've got a very short window of time to stand out amongst their peers," said Creel. Those selected move on to subsequent levels of potential success or elimination.
Despite the call for "energetic, charismatic individuals who think quickly on their feet," Creel explained that "they're looking for people who are outgoing but within reason. I think if people go a little too over the top, they may be overlooked, as opposed to showing genuine enthusiasm and creativity."
For information about rules and regulations for the auditions, visit www.pearlridgeonline.com. "Deal or No Deal" airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on KHNL/NBC.