Kelly Ward competes on ‘Match Game’ show

Amanda Gordon

Hartselle Enquirer

 

It isn’t very often that people from small towns get the opportunity to be on television. However, Hartselle local Kelly Ward got her shot at the big time.

Her journey began as she was surfing the web and came across the application to the remake of the popular show Match Game. When the show aired the first time, it aired from 1962 to 1969. The host was Gene Rayburn and the current host, actor Alec Baldwin, has served from the beginning of the remake in June 2016 to now. Ward sent in an application in April and a video interview was required. The questions for the interview varied from “Why do you want to do the show?” to “What would you do if you won the prize money?” Ward says, “I sat outside in my swing and videoed myself without any makeup on. I told them I’d always wanted to be on the show because I’ve loved it since it came out. I even watch the reruns every day. I finished my interview by saying ‘pick me.’ I sent my interview video in thinking I wasn’t going to win.” Then, a couple of weeks later she got the call that would send her to New York. Although they asked her if she could be there within the next few days, she wouldn’t be sure that she was an actual contestant until she got to New York. There was a pool of six contestants the producers chose from and Ward was one of them. Ward would then be chosen to appear in the very first episode of the rerun.

For anyone who isn’t quite sure what Match Game is, it is a 60-minute reality game show in which six celebrities and two contestants are present. The two contestants are asked any kinds of questions, and the celebrities are asked the same. The celebrities’ answers must match with the contestants’ answers for them to get a point. In the first round, both contestants are given the opportunity to gain points. Then the person with the most points goes to round two to earn $25,000.

Although she was a contestant in the first episode, the episode did not air as the first one. There were minor kinks and issues that needed to be worked out. “I was nervous, the crew was nervous and even Alec Baldwin was nervous. This was a new show and he (Baldwin) had never hosted a game show before,” states Ward, “even with all of that going on, I had so much fun and I’m glad I went.” Ward was given her own dressing room in ABC Studios where they had food, did her makeup and styled her for her big debut. To keep the episode an element of surprise, Ward cannot tell anyone the outcome of her episode. The episode aired Sun., Aug. 21. Ward was in the second segment of the show. Ward did not win the game show but did say she had a blast.     She did mention that she would not have answered the question that won the  game for the other player, but that it was a great experience.

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