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Think it's easy? Think again

August 24, 2000

Think it's easy? Think again



Think it's easy? Think again

Who hasn't sat at home while someone flounders on a game show and thought, "If I were there, I'd be cleaning up right now."

Well, for all those armchair contestants chomping at the bit, contestant coordinators have one reaction: Slow down, champ.

"People at home tend to think it's easy playing our show," says "Wheel of Fortune" contestant coordinator Gary O'Brien. "But in the studio, it's very different."

Not only do contestants have to contend with an excited, and loud, studio audience, they also have to keep track of letters chosen, their opponents' scores and make sure they give the wheel a good spin. O'Brien says it's easier in theory than practice.

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"There are logistical things people at home aren't aware of, plus the pressure of being on," he says. "People fly out from Iowa or wherever and then they're in a TV studio, and they can be a little overwhelmed."

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