Cassoday to ‘Make a Deal’ Monday on TV program
by By JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
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MICHAEL WADE, left, and daughter Savannah Cassoday recently spent time in California for the taping of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Cassoday will appear as a contestant on Monday’s episode at 3 p.m. on Channel 12.
MICHAEL WADE, left, and daughter Savannah Cassoday recently spent time in California for the taping of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Cassoday will appear as a contestant on Monday’s episode at 3 p.m. on Channel 12.
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Monday afternoon Bradley County resident Savannah Cassoday will be a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal.”

Cassoday said she watches the show every day.

“I have for about a year now,” Cassoday said. “I thought it would be really fun to be a contestant.”

She said she went to the show’s website and signed up for free tickets to go to a taping of the show.

“When I watch the show, I always kind of play along with it, and I was always really good at it,” Cassoday said.

As much as she wanted to be picked, Cassoday did not think she would actually be chosen to compete on the show. To help her odds, she chose a costume she had never seen on the show — a penguin.

“A lot of the times people make there own costumes, but I wanted something a little more over the top,” Cassoday said. “So, I went to a costume store. I saw a penguin and it kind jumped out to me.”

She said she thought it would stand out to the people on the show also.

“Whenever he picked me, my face was so hilarious ... I ran down so nervously. It’s the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life,” Cassoday said.

Actually playing the game and making deals can be difficulty, Cassoday said.

Cassoday said the key to be chosen as a contestant is to be excited. Each audience member is interviewed by the casting director before going into the show.

“(He) gives you about 10 seconds to say who you are, where you’re from and why you should be picked,” Cassoday said. “And out of that they have to see something that makes them want to put you on the show.”

Her father and a friend accompanied her to California for the show wearing shirts that said, “Pick the Penguin.”

Cassoday said she made a vacation out of the trip and stayed for a month.

The episode was actually taped on Sept. 26. Cassoday said she didn’t tell many people she was going to compete on the show.

“I’ve only told my family and my husband’s family,” Cassoday said.

Meeting Wayne Brady was the highlight of her experience, she said.

She said it was also interesting to see the unedited version of the show live. Cassoday said she doesn’t know what parts of her section will be used and what has been cut out.

She said “Let’s Make a Deal” tapes two shows a day.

Cassoday has lived in Bradley County her whole live and has visited 40 states.

“California is the best one,” she said.

Cassoday said she would like to live there one day.

Cassoday’s episode of “Let’s Make a Deal” airs at 3 p.m. Monday on Channel 12.