Friday, July 5, 2013
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire auditions are Monday in Allen
The producer says you "don't have to be a rocket scientist." Good to know.
ALLEN For those who are interested in being on national television, two-part auditions for ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire? will take place in the Dallas/Allen Hilton Garden Inn starting at 7 a.m. Monday.
Geoff Rosen, supervising producer for the show, said he is happy to be back in Texas for the auditions. Remembering his experiences in Houston last year, he said the energy in Texas is huge.
The six hour-long process will begin with a timed, multiple choice questionnaire.
"I love hearing about people's journeys to get to the audition," Rosen said. "You will have to know a little bit about a lot of things. For those that pass through the first phase, two hours later they will partake in a producer interview."
Rosen specifically mentioned one applicant he met from Harlem. The man was a milkman who entered simply so he could prove to his daughter that he could do it. While it was never said whether the milkman made it past the audition, Rosen made the point that anyone could succeed in the show. The only advice he could give was that the ideal contestant should connect with the viewer.
"We are looking for any type of person," he said. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to do well on the show."
So far, winners of the show have included a truck driver, a bartender, and a teacher.
All entries who make it through the interviews will be put into a pool that lasts two years, Rosen said. He explained that due to the flexible nature of the show, producers are unable to give a concrete assignment to contestants since it is unknown how many people will participate in each show until the show is already filming.
"It is the final phase before they make it on the show," he said.
This pool is made up of successful auditions from around the country, with Dallas being just one stop out of many nationwide. By including a variety of states, the viewers feel a stronger connection to the show.
"We want to represent different parts of the nation on the show," he said.
Dallas' audition will be in preparation for the upcoming season, which starts on Labor Day. The show will be hosted by comedian Cedric the Entertainer.
Rosen added that it's a game "anybody can play." "Be yourself," he said. "Don't try to appeal to us. This is a game for everybody."
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