McDonald resident Jonathan Jones received the chance of a lifetime when he was chosen to compete on the CBS game show “The Price is Right.”
Jones said he has been an avid fan for 45 years.
“I remember watching it with my grandfather when I would visit him during the day in the summer,” he said. “I would have been 5 years old.”
Jones has continued to watch the game with his mother, wife and children through the years. Last year, his wife, Sheila, was chosen to compete on the show. A chance business trip allowed him the opportunity to give the interview process for the show another try.
This time he had a better idea of how to present himself to the director.
He said expressing excitement is key.
“You have 10 seconds to impress them. I talked to him for about one minute. Everyone in my queue (of about 20 people) said I did a good job,” Jones recalled. “Every single contestant has equal opportunity to impress and be picked.”
It was still a shock to hear his name called out of the more than 300 guests in attendance.
He said he could not believe it.
Jones rushed down to the front for the preliminary round in which he had to win his bid. The crowd’s suggestions were deafening. He knew to expect the noise, but it was different being the contestant in the hot seat.
Explained Jones, “It is completely different being a contestant, versus how it is watching it on TV.”
He said it absolutely met his expectations, and then some.
According to Jones, show host Drew Carey is excellent at what he does.
“He is perfect for this job. He is very cordial with the contestants. He makes you feel comfortable and relaxed,” Jones said. “During the off-takes he truly is a comedian. He interacts with the audience to get them involved.”
The McDonald resident urged anyone who visits Southern California to get the free tickets online and attend the show.
“Go to the show, man,” Jones said. “It is a very unique experience. Who knows? You might get chosen. You might get a chance to win.”
Public relations representatives for the show teased there is a twist in Jones’ experience. Tune in Friday at 11 a.m. on WDEF News 12 (Channel 12 on Charter Communications) to find out what the surprise is, and whether Jones continues the family tradition of winning the showcase like his wife.