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Quizzy Rascal

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After years of answering countless questions on numerous TV quiz shows from the ‘safety’ of my own arm chair, I decided to take the plunge and start applying to be a contestant!

My early applications led to nothing, so I reviewed the content of my applications, ‘upped my game’ and since then I have been invited to six auditions. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend two of them but one audition did lead to an appearance on Eggheads – I won my head-to-head against Chris Hughes and we pushed the Eggheads to sudden death but sadly, we couldn’t beat them on the day.

This experience has encouraged me to continue applying and I hope to appear on more TV Quiz shows in the future.

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Reply londinius
12:42 PM on September 29, 2013 
Hi Quizzy Rascal
To a certain extent your success is determined by some factors beyond your control. Unfortunately middle aged white boys such as myself are ten a penny, and so you may find it more difficult if you are within this particular group.
Still, allowing for that there are things you can do to make yourself more attractive at audition.
1) Have that funny story about yourself already prepared. It's nicer if it's true, but not essential. Look for any opportunity to trot it out.
2) Don't exactly chew the set up, but they are looking for extroverts. If you can't get over how enthusiastic you are to the people auditioning you, then you're not likely to get on. However at the same time -
3) Try to be 'genuine'. If you're obviously acting a part, if you come across as false, then that won't help you either.
4) People auditioning you are human, and humans are subject to flattery. Not outrageous personal flattery, but letting them know what a fan of the show and presenter you are is unlikely to do your chances any harm.
5) To that extent, be chatty. With everyone - fellow auditionees, auditioners, production assistants, tea ladies - anyone.
6) Hiding your light under a bushel can be necessary if you're that good, but it can also be tricky. If you're deliberately getting them wrong, then the chances are it might well show, and that won't help you. If you are going to deliberately drop in a wrong answer, just remember that a little of this goes a long way.
7) Accept that you don't have a God give right to get on any show. Try to enjoy the experience in it's own right, for itself, and don't make getting on the show the be all and end all. Perversely this may help you relax, and do better

I'm not sure that I agree there's easy money to be made. Sure, most of the questions are pretty easy on these shows, but the whole telly experience is a strange one, and I've known very good people come away with little or nothing. It's difficult to explain, but basically, apply because you want to go on the show, and if you get on, then accept that the odds are against you, and that anything you take away is a bonus. That will actually give you the best chance of success.