As a young kid, I was very fond of watching television shows, especially those programs that would test one’s knowledge, like Game K N B or Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, because I was intrigued by what the questions were and how far the contestants would be able to reach in the game. I would usually think about the questions and, almost always, get the answers right. I thought that I was smarter than the contestants even though I was still young, but little did I know of the pressure that is put on each contestant as they partake in the game show. I was very much confident because I was safe in the comforts of my own home, wherein there was no pressure, no prize money at stake and I could easily pick an answer without anyone staring at me.
I love watching television and it has been my favorite pastime as a kid, since the use of the internet wasn’t very popular back then, while facebook and twitter wasn’t created yet.
Being given the chance to join the taping of WWTBAM was such an amazing and educational experience since I was able to see up close how its crew executes the show from start to finish. I saw the studio as well which surprised me because I thought that the place was big but I was only fooled by the camera and how they decorated the set.
I also learned that there were advantages to being a recorded show, like having the ability to edit out scenes and re-shoot them if they seem wrong to the directors. I was also able to meet Bossing Vic Sotto, who I somewhat idolized because of his wit and humor, although he was not able to see me.
What made me happy the most was that I would be given the chance to be featured on national television.
The time came when the contestant chose to use his People Speak lifeline wherein he would ask three people from the audience about the answer which they think is right. When it was time to choose, I was surprised that he chose Phileo, the person infront of me, which I thought was fate, because I was surprised to see my face on the television screen on the set. I was able to contain my feelings and emotions, knowing that the floor director told us that we should not look on the tv screen especially when the camera was focused on us. I tried my best to put on a poker face and wear the best facial expression possible since I would be seen by the whole country.
After that moment, I was relieved because it was over. I couldn’t help but laugh and remember how I looked like on the tv screen since I was whiter than how I would usually appear in real life.
The visit to WWTBAM was surely an experience which I wouldn’t forget because it was my first time to go to a taping of a show, and I hope it wouldn’t be my last, and because I had my sixty seconds of fame on television along with my friends.