Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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December 3, 2013

Local family competes on 'Family Feud'

Meredith Struewing, Sunman, and her family love to watch “Family Feud.” Recently, she and four of her relatives appeared on the show.

In addition to herself, the team consisted of her aunts, Lynn Struewing, Batesville, and Lori Hill, Greenwood; cousin, Emily Hill, Greenwood; and father, Bill Struewing, Sunman.

To become a contestant, “my Aunt Lynn had to write a story about our family on why we thought we should be on ‘Family Feud.’ She sent this to the people in charge of the auditions through e-mails. First, we had to try out at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (in April) .... Families were separated into different rooms.

“They randomly selected two families at a time to come up and play a mock game of ‘Family Feud’ with a fake host. They told us at the auditions one thing they were looking for was excitement and loudness, not necessarily the correct answers. If you did well in the mock game, the host would give you a card to a second tryout.

“Then, we went into a small room with the executive producer and cameraman.” They had to say their names and tell a little bit about themselves while looking into the camera. The producer “asked us to be very loud, which we have no trouble doing.”

They were picked to go to Atlanta, where the show is taped. However, the clan wasn’t even guaranteed a spot. “We had to go through a third tryout, which was another mock game with a fake host against another family. We were one of five families out of 10 that actually made it past the final audition.” The family flew down June 6, filmed the program June 7 and flew home June 8.

“Throughout the show, the production staff kept coming up to us, telling us we were doing a great job and to just stay calm, relax and have fun. They kept telling us to be loud and create excitement. They looked for families with a story behind them,” the teen reports.

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