The episode featuring Sheila Jones will air Tuesday at 11 a.m. on WDEF (Channel 12).
When Jones, her husband and one of her sons went to California for the son’s spring break, being in the audience for a taping of an episode of “The Price is Right” was definitely on the list of activities. Her husband and son Jonathan prepared for competing, if they were chosen, by studying the games and challenges featured regularly on the show. Sheila Jones, however, said she did not.
“I honestly didn’t think I would be picked,” Jones noted.
The Bradley County woman said she was excited just to be in the audience. Then, her name was called.
She could hardly believe it was really happening.
“I was shocked, overwhelmed, excited — a lot of emotion running through me all at once,” Sheila Jones said.
Before leaving McDonald for California, the family ordered tickets to see the show. Everyone who has a ticket is eligible to be selected to compete on the show. (Tickets can be ordered for free on “The Price is Right” website.) Waiting in line for the interview process is what took the most time, Jones said. About 300 people fit into the studio audience at one time. Two shows are taped each day.
“(It was) very surreal,” Jones said. “You are so high on adrenaline.”
She said there is a high energy level during the show.
“I didn’t come down off that high for about three days,” Jones said.
Each person was asked a few questions to give producers an idea of what they were like.
Although she might not have thought she would actually be a contestant, Jones did put thought into what she wore that day.
“I did wear Ohio State, knowing (host) Drew Carey went to Ohio State and is a Buckeyes fan, as am I,” Jones said.
Her husband told her he thinks her description of her job also helped her land a spot on contestant row.
“I was asked what I do for a living. ... I said that I had the best job ever, ‘I'm a mom,’” Jones said.” (Later) Drew Carey also asked me that, and when I answered with the same answer, he laughed and said, ‘Here I thought I had the best job in the world as a game show host. Apparently it's the second-best job in the world.’”
While on the show, Jones played the “Make Your Move” game. She cannot talk about how she did on the show until after the episode airs. The most nervous part was having everyone watching her as she played the game, she said. People shouting numbers at her was overwhelming, she said.
Jones chose to focus on the numbers her son was suggesting. His suggestions led her in a good direction.
During her time on the show, Jones also enjoyed meeting Carey.
“Drew Carey is like the most awesome, down-to-earth person ... he helped put me at ease,” Jones said.
Watching the show is a family tradition.
“I used to watch it with my grandmother,” Jones said.
She said she had been watching the show for more than 30 years. She now watches the show with her husband and sons.
The family tradition will reach a climax Tuesday when Jones gathers with friends and family members to watch “her” episode.