LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the doors of the Kentucky Expo Center opened on Sunday, it was obvious why people were there, wearing coordinated outfits and plenty of energy and enthusiasm.
Hundreds tried out in Louisville for Family Feud this weekend, hoping they had what it takes to be on one of the longest-running game shows in television history.
“We’ve kind of watched Family Feud growing up,” one tryout contestant said.
“This is our opportunity,” Lauren Hutchinson said.
The families auditioning had clearly watched plenty episodes of the popular TV show. And they all knew to turn it up for the camera.
“We’re the Rose family, can’t be beat, because we’re gonna knock you off your feet! Yeah!” the Rose family chanted in unison.
They knew the drill.
“Thomas family. This is my sister Kim, my cousin David, my other sister Karen,” David Thomas said, introducing his family members.
Families said their strategy was to just have fun--and be loud. A good game plan, since producers said they were looking for families who had energy and enthusiasm.
“We’re just going to go in brothers, sisters and children. ‘Good answer’, ‘good answer’” said another family team, referring to one of the show’s popular catchphrases.
“We’re here just to have a really good time, and hopefully go to California,” family member Shauna said.
Steve Harvey wasn’t in Louisville for the auditions but, a poster of him made up for it. Some people hoped that being there would get them next to him in real life.
“Since Steve has been hosting the show, we’ve been getting more and more families,” show producer Sara Dansby said.
The true test came with the audition, when they were ready to play the Feud: The tryouts included a shortened version of the game. Contestants' families played against each other, likely dreaming of what they could do with all that prize money.
“We’ve got kids in college. bills...but then again, we could all just take a trip. Ya never know!" one participant said.
To participate, applicants had to have five family members related by blood, marriage or legal adoption.
The next season of Family Feud will start taping in spring and the episodes will air in September 2019.
The show airs on WAVE 3 News weekdays at 4 p.m.