How a Smithville Wooster Florist Ended Up on ‘Let’s Make A Deal’
Smithville Resident Courtney Van Dyne negotiated quite a deal.
She managed to become a contestant on a national television show airing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 on CBS, without leaving her home.
watch faithfully “Let’s Make a Deal” every morning, Van Dyne took special note on a day in October when the show featured a contestant playing the game from home.
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In fall 2020, the pandemic prompted the long-running game show to incorporate virtual contestants, dubbed “at-homies,” into their hybrid audience.
As she watched a contestant at home become a winner, Van Dyne thought to herself, “I can do this.”
It didn’t take him long to check out the show’s website and start the application procedure.
“It was a pretty easy process,” she said. “It was so much fun.”
After filling out the form, she was called by a program representative to set up an interview with one of the show’s producers.
During the first FaceTime interview, “I didn’t have to have a costume,” Van Dyne said, referring to one of the show’s traditions – dressing up in something that will grab attention. in order to be selected as a candidate.
Van Dyne’s second interview, however, included the costume endorsement. She chose to be a sunflower, reflecting her profession as a florist.
Connecting to an Ohio dairy farm helps florist Wooster close the deal to go on a game show
She and two cousins run Country Floral Daisies in Wooster.
“(My costume) is bright,” she said, adding, “The lighting is great on the screen.”
But she thinks it was something else that lifted her above the other candidates.
“In the first interview, they asked me a bunch of questions,” she said, roughly discussing her journey in a dairy farm in ohio “sealed the deal.”
Van Dyne’s aunt and uncle own Circle J Farms in Wayne County, where she spent time growing up and still milks cows there.
In California, “I don’t think they get a lot,” she said.
She guesses the producers thought it would be “a cool thing to put on the show.”
Another question could also have separated her from the crowd. When asked what she would like to win, her answer was a boat.
“I aspire to be a professional fisherman,” she said. “As soon as I’m 50, I want to be on bassmaster.”
“I’m a dreamer. I love adventure,” she added. “I will make a way.”
Van Dyne, citing a quick 72-hour turnaround to get a taped segment once contacted about her participation, worried that a trip she had planned to Las Vegas might be a bad time. In the end, she returned home just two days before being called.
When her role on the show was recorded via FaceTime in December, “here at home,” she said, “it was just like watching it on screen. It was awesome!”
According to reports online, “Let’s Make A Deal” revolves around select members of the public making deals as “traders” with host Wayne Brady.
A trader is offered an item of value to keep or exchange for an unknown item. It’s possible they end up with a “zonk” prize of little or no value.
Throughout the process, Van Dyne said, “I can do it.”
Is she? Watch Wednesday to cheer on Van Dyne and the other contestants as they “face deals and zonks” and to see how Van Dyne fares.