One Norwood family will be doing something in addition to handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Drea Baptiste and her family will be making their television debuts on Thursday, when they are shown trying to advance to the next round on the game show “Family Feud.”
Baptiste was captain of the team, which included husband Corey Manning, sisters Tamara and Ayana Baptiste, and mother Roslyn Acloque, that competed in a prerecorded program for a chance to win prize money and ultimately a new car.
The five contestants were flown to the production studio in Atlanta after making it through the audition process at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut earlier this year.
“I happened to be watching the show one afternoon, on a Wednesday, I think, and a commercial came on about Boston auditions for the show,” Baptiste said. “My mother is an absolute fan, and always said she wanted to go on the show.”
As a surprise to her mother, Baptiste wrote to the show asking if the family could compete for a spot. After playing a series of mock games against other families, producers called Baptiste to let the family know that they made the cut.
“We were so happy,” she said. “My mother is not conservative. She has a great personality, but not an on-camera type of person. I was amazed at her charm that day, she just had a ball.”
In Thursday’s episode, the family tried to come up with the most frequent responses to survey questions posed to 100 people. If the Acloque-Baptiste family guessed more popular responses than the other family on the show, they would have advanced to the next round of “Family Feud,” which will air on Friday. To win the car, a family has to win five rounds. Contestants are not allowed to discuss the results of a show until after it airs.
Baptiste said meeting the show’s host, comedian Steve Harvey, was a trip highlight.
“He was absolutely a riot,” she said. “You could ask him anything, an absolute gem. My mother said he was just so handsome and smelled so good.”
When asked what the family would do with any prize money they won, Baptiste said it would be nice for everyone to do a family vacation and relax, since family members are usually busy and do not get to do that often. She said her sister Ayana already called “dibs” on the car.
But no matter how much the family practiced and prepared, they were just there to have fun, said Baptiste.
“If they [“Family Feud”] ever come to the area again, I would say it’s worth going and trying out,” Baptiste said. “It’s an awesome thing to do with the family. You have an experience of a lifetime, and it’s something you should try once in your life.”
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