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Offline LarryC

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Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:15:59 PM »
"The new contestants have got to go."

That was written more than 10 years ago, on the old jumptheshark.com website, when Bob was still hosting the show.  The author was bemoaning the fact that the current crop of contestants weren't familiar with the games and didn't know how to behave.

Here we are some years later, and the situation has only gotten worse, in my opinion.  The "enthusiasm" of the contestants today usually seems forced, out of control, coached and really over the top.  It's quite irritating, actually.  Contestants dance, fall down on the stage, scream (loudly), yell (loudly), holler (loudly), do somersaults & other assorted gymnastics, and behave like idiots. 

Whose mandate is this, anyway?   Are the producers instructing the contestants beforehand to yuck it up?  Is TPIR so desperate for a non-stop party atmosphere than it thinks shenanigans are necessary? 

Think about it: Once upon a time, the show would have the occasional hyped-up contestant and it was usually charming and fun to watch.  But now, when all the contestants are like what?  Umm ... no.  No.
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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 06:23:29 PM »
I agree. Something is very different. It seems like something is going on at the production level that is causing this, and not the contestants themselves.

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 06:51:18 PM »
It is definitely the current management that is forcing the tactic and I wonder if the senior staffers are concerned now, that they may speak out about this in the future if they haven't already publicly.

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 06:57:51 PM »
I think it's a change in which contestants are being selected—the ones most likely to ham it up and go crazy. Since Drew is incapable of generating excitement, the producers compensate for that with overly excitable contestants.

Something else that I think exacerbates this is the body mics on contestants. They capture every bit of horrendous screaming. Now, if I were on the show, I'd scream too, but nobody needs to hear me yelling at the top of my lungs constantly. (As an example, see the first Pay the Rent win by Ani Khojasarian; I find that clip unbearable.)

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2018, 07:15:17 PM »
Why are body mics necessary when Drew has a mic already? I've always wondered this.

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2018, 08:50:06 PM »
Contestants dance, fall down on the stage, scream (loudly), yell (loudly), holler (loudly), do somersaults & other assorted gymnastics, and behave like idiots.
And this is precisely why I have zero interest in the current show. Feels too trashy, bordering almost on parody.

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 09:10:18 PM »

I was just having this discussion with someone earlier today. Barker would sometimes seem to become annoyed with the overly-excited and out-of-control folks near the end of his run. But in the old days, excitement was enough; lunacy was generally avoided.

It's definitely part of the reason I stopped watching regularly. It's almost like they're encouraging people to act like idiots on the show. It's not appealing at all.

Why are body mics necessary when Drew has a mic already? I've always wondered this.

They aren't necessary when a host can adequately remember to move the mic to the person he's talking to. He's gotten better at this over the years.
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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 09:19:36 PM »
I understand the concern, but I think that compared to other game shows Price still has some of the best contestants.

The current casting process of other shows to focus on heartbreaking stories and over-rehearsal is destroying contestant quality. In order to get chosen, you're better off having some sort of personal difficulty than being an expert at the game.

Sure I wish the focus now was less on looks and borderline insane excitement. But they are still forced to pick from the audience members who show up that day - and that means no prep and sometimes a diamond in the rough is going to get through.

Why are body mics necessary when Drew has a mic already? I've always wondered this.

Drew does not have the mic discipline to ensure that the contestants are consistently heard.
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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 11:33:17 PM »
and i think the reason Drew can't host as good? one note contestants being forcefed to him

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2018, 02:16:40 PM »
In this age of social media, I guess we shouldn't be surprised at how some contestants act up, hoping to appear on Facebook or Twitter.
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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2018, 02:26:07 PM »
Ok...Ive worked in Social Media and with College Students for over ten years.

 Everyone wants to go viral. Decorum in general has disappeared. This is how people are now- i see it every single day. To blame the production team for this is frankly, unfair and just plain wrong.

In fact, one of the things i still apprecaiate about Price (and Feud, Wheel and J!) is, in fact that the contestants are a nice slice of life. I hate the NBC Prime time games because as was posted-those contestants seem manufactured (and as Adam Needeff posted in a forum- many times are).

And Honestly- sometimes an over exuberant contestant can be kinda fun- it's why i still tune in!

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2018, 04:43:50 PM »
I wouldn't even go so far as to say decorum has disappeared, but like all things in life, standards change with generations. Today's complainers were once the young whippersnappers who [insert some supposedly end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it behavior here]. Some folks are certainly looking for their viral moment, but that's too broad a brush to assume everyone who is energetic and enthusiastic is plotting their moment in the social media sun.


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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2018, 10:25:00 PM »
Don’t watch the show. Works for me.

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2018, 10:46:09 PM »
So why post about it then?

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Re: Over-excited contestants = non-exciting viewing experience
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2018, 03:06:07 AM »
Remember the very first episode, when Bob said he hoped "we'll always have a Connie on our show" (referring to Connie Dunnal- not sure how that's supposed to be spelled- who was the most excited person in Studio 33 that day by a country mile)? I don't think this was what he meant.