Saturday, 18 April 2015

Watching Family Feud filmed live in Melbourne

Filming Family Feud
Filming Family Feud
Family Feud is Australia's most popular TV gameshow. Its almost identical to the UK's Family Fortunes and hosted by Grant Denyer. Just in case you are unfamiliar, two families go head to head to win the grand prize (money and a car I think?). One question might be 'What do people do when they go to the beach?' Each member will take it in turns to give an answer and if its up on the board they will get points based on how many of the 100 people surveyed gave the same answer. If they give an answer which isn't on the board 3 times then it goes to the other family and they get a go at winning the round. Pretty simple but totally different when under pressure.
Applying for the tickets was very simple (and totally free). I filled out a basic form on their website and was emailed a few days later confirming my spaces.
We arrived 20 minutes early to Media City in South Melbourne, a quick tram ride from the city centre. A queue formed quickly but if you do go, don't worry if you end up being at the back of the queue as when we went in we all had to wait in a green room before being greeted them led into the film studio. 
Media City, Melbourne
Media City, Melbourne
After we were seated we were briefed on what was about to happen and practised our clapping and cheering techniques before Grant Denyer himself came to say hello. The Aussies went wild. Being Brits we didn't get too excited. I guess Australians watching Family Fortunes in the UK wouldn't really know who Vernan Kay or Les Dennis are either.
The queue
The queue
Two shows were filmed. It was interesting as a few times they had to stop filming to change camera angles for the final showdown and the contestant would have to repeat their answers and make sure they were standing in roughly the same place as before the filming cut. At the end of each episode filmed, the adverts for the show were then filmed as well as a special edition round for their YouTube channel. This must have been so annoying for the family who had just lost. I wouldn't want to pretend I was still playing knowing I was out. We also joined in shouting out the answer to the viewers at home question.
In the audience
In the audience
The most exciting part of the evening was being handed a sheet of paper and writing down the first things that popped into our heads based on the questions. Yep that's right. I was one of the 100 people asked to be used in another show. Yay. I can't give away any examples due to confidentiality. Can't have future contestants reading this and hoping for answers now can we?
Family Feud is a 20 to 30 minute show but filming two episodes takes around 2 hours. The episodes I saw being created should be aired towards the end of this month so I'll be tuning in to see if I can see me.
Family Feud
If you ever visit Melbourne, getting tickets to see Family Feud is so simple. I'd really recommend it as something different to do as a night out plus it's free.

Have you ever been part of a TV audience or even a contestant? What is your favourite gameshow?

Helen x

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3 comments:

  1. This looks so fun! I really like family fortunes over here in the UK. I've been to one game show filming before and it was awesome! It's such a good experience, so nice to see what actually goes on behind the scenes. I really should try and go to some more! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. That's cool. I had tickets to see Harry Hill's TV Burp in London but couldn't get to London on that particular day :'(
      I'd love to be on Deal Or No Deal. No skills needed and you go home with at least 1p!

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  2. Wow I am Going to Be part of the Family Feud Studio Audience and I am very Excitied because I haven't met Grant Denyer in Person before and I think being on camera is fun cause I had seen other people in the Audience being on camera before and it is good and I am hoping to meet Grant Denyer before or (if time permits) after the Show

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