It’s Fast Money on Family Feud Canada and the Torres family is competing for $10,000. For those unfamiliar with the popular TV show, the object of the game is for two members of a team to get a combined score of 200 points by answering five survey questions. Points are scored based on how many survey answers match the contestants’ answers.
“Name a pet you can put inside your pocket,” asked host Gerry Dee.
It’s the second last question and with 178 points on the board, the team needed only 22 to seal the prize.
“Hamster,” said Darlene Meville-Cryer.
Out of 100 strangers surveyed, 23 people also said hamster, sending the Torres family home 10 grand richer.
In the following episode, they won another $10,000 in Fast Money after Meville-Cryer answered “sand” to the last question, “Name something that feels awesome to walk on in bare feet.”
The show, Family Feud, which was popularized in the United States, pits two families against each other through a series of survey questions. The family with the most points competes in Fast Money for a chance to win big. This year, Canadians were invited to participate with their own version of the show.
The opportunity sparked an idea for the Torres family, which consists of Early Childhood Educator Dorothy Medeiros-Graham, and teachers Deborah Medeiros and Meville-Cryer from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. They, along with family members Edd Torres and Diane Widdup decided to try their luck and audition.
“It all started when we were together at a family picnic and my sister Dorothy began talking about the commercials she had seen for auditions to the show,” said Medeiros. “It didn't take much convincing for everyone to get on board.”
“We came up with a funny skit for our audition video where we went back in time to the days of Richard Dawson as the host. We dressed up in 80s fashion, played the game with the knowledge we have today, and expressed how much we always loved watching Family Feud growing up.”
Their video got them noticed and they received a call the next day asking them to partake in a live audition against 36 other families at the CBC studio in Toronto.
"To our surprise, they contacted Darlene and informed her that we were to film in December.”
Leading up to the big day, the Torres family practiced a few rounds together at home using the Family Feud App, but nothing compared to filming in front of a live audience, they said.
“Standing in our pose, waiting to hear our family name called was incredible,” they said. “Gerry Dee who made this experience surreal. We had our producer in the audience who kept encouraging us to smile, clap, ‘X’ the other family, and stay as upbeat and enthusiastic throughout the filming.”
“We each feel that the best part of the show was sharing this incredible experience together. The support and positive feedback from family, friends, staff and even strangers, has been incredible.”