Have you ever sat watching TV and thought “I’d love to give that ago”. To be honest I haven’t as the very thought of being on screen doesn’t appeal. Not that the chance hasn’t arisen. Loquax once got invited to appear on morning TV to talk about competitions but they wanted to do it at something like 6.30am. That’s far too early to be chirpy so the offer was politely declined. Anyway getting yourself on the telly can actually have benefits because there are prizes to be won. You just need to know which shows are looking for contestants and where to apply.
Sign Up For The Wheel
The good news is that it’s relatively easy to locate TV shows that are looking for participants. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 all have sections that are dedicated to their respective shows. For example The BBC are currently seeking contestants for Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel, a game show that brings contestants together with celebrity experts to assist you in answering the questions and hopefully bag you the jackpot. To apply you need to complete an application form from Cast It Reach on behalf of Hungry Bear Media before the 21st April. As well as The Wheel, The BBC are also inviting applications for future series of popular shows like Race Against The World and The Traitors.
Apply To Be On Jeopardy
Jeopardy is the extremely popular day time TV quiz show in The United States. Contestants take part by giving the questions to the given answers on selected categories. For example under Soap Operas you might be given the answer “Walford” so the Jeopardy answer would be “where is Eastenders set”? The show has been on British TV before. Originally on Channel 4 then ITV and finally Sky. Hosts have included Derek Hobson, Steve Jones and Paul Ross. ITV are hoping that a reboot of the series with a new host, Stephen Fry, will help boost their daytime TV schedule. If you fancy getting involved with this show then get your application in to ITV by the 12th May. Jeopardy isn’t the only quiz show getting a revival on ITV. They’re also recently announced the return of Deal Or No Deal but with Stephen Mulhern as the host.
Be On Screen
All the above seem to focus on established shows but what about pilots and new game shows? Our advice for them is to keep an eye out on the likes of Be On Screen. Way back in the day this used to be an actual website but seems to now only be a Facebook group. Never the less there are regular posts about shows who are seeking contestants. The group only allows “TV show researchers with requirements for TV shows (participation and audience)” to post in the group. It might also be worth following Film & TV Casting Calls. The latter is actually a lot busier in terms of posts and has over 90,000 followers such is the interest. Another site well worth bookmarking is Starnow and we’ve been told that the Facebook Group, The Contestant Hub, is also worth looking into if you’re serious about quizzes and game shows.
How To Apply
We’d love to offer our experiences about applying for game shows and quizzes but as we’ve never done it we’re not going to pretend we know otherwise. However the various applications we’ve looked at all seem to want fun and out-going contestants. They also have eligibility terms so make sure you check those out before spending time making an application. Remember if your application is successful you’re going to be filmed and possibly be on the telly. They want people who are confident, seem interesting and possibly have some fun stories to share. If you’re not what type of character a particular show is after just watch a few episodes. We guess that making your application stand out from the crowd will help too. If you do have some tips to share then feel free to leave them in the comments.
Apply For These Shows
Below are some of the popular TV shows that are currently looking for contestants and any known closing dates that we’ve been able to locate. We’ll try and update the list regularly.
- Race Across The World – 14th April
- Gladiators – 1st April
- The Traitors – 31st July
- Jeopardy – 12th May
- Celebability – 24th April
- Deal Or No Deal – 12th May
- The Wheel – 21st April
- Bargain Hunt – Ongoing?
- Countdown – Ongoing?
- The Chase – Ongoing?
If you have any hints or tips about applying to be on TV, being on TV or know of a show looking for contestants then let us know or post in the comments.