I was on Lingo – it ended up COSTING me money and filming was a complete disaster
ONE contestant on the daytime quiz show Lingo described their experience as a 'complete disaster'.
The contestant opened up about how they first qualified and were flown to stay in a luxury hotel in Hollywood.
Reddit user 'cujojojo' took to the social media site to describe how they went on the show back in 2006 when it aired in America on the Game Show Network (GSN).
"I qualified by playing an online Flash version of the game where you could earn points every week," they wrote on Reddit.
"One week I was the #1 player, so I got to go to their special 'Internet Week' which pitted internet qualifiers against previous show winners."
ITV – then known as GSN – flew cujojojo and nine other internet qualifiers to stay at the Luxe Hotel Beverly Hills.
"Taping & playing the game was, honestly, a complete disaster," they wrote.
"Me and my partner (assigned by the show, not chosen by me) were the last of the 5 shows to tape, which meant we were trapped in a private 'green room' all day long.
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"We couldn't watch the other tapings due to the myriad of laws leftover from the Quiz Show Scandals."
Cujojojo then revealed producers "completely forgot us" and were left alone without food or drink for about five house.
"When I stepped out into the hallway three different times to ask for food/refreshments, I got everything from empty promises to scolded for leaving my room and told I could be thrown off the show if I did it again," cujojojo added.
"As for the actual taping, my partner completely froze up on camera and didn't answer any puzzles.
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"I did the best I could, and we would've won except I had a complete brain fart on the last puzzle and gave the game away."
But the icing on the cake of the disastrous experience was the player was left out of pocket.
"To top it off, the trip/hotel/etc. count as taxable prize winnings, so I owed taxes on a total value of something like $2000 (£1,591)," cujojojo wrote.
"Since I didn't win anything on the show, the whole experience cost me about $600 (£477) or something. LOL."
The Reddit user added: "That said, it was a wonderful experience. I had a lifelong dream of being on a game show, and achieving that was totally worth it. I didn't go to win, I went to say I did it.
"AND – I got to hang out at the bar at the Luxe with some very interesting people".
Cujojojo "spent the evening listening to the yarns spun by a very distinguished English gentleman" and met an Israeli DJ who Madonna had flown in to play her Grammy afterparty.
"He really felt like this was his 'big break' in the US. He needed to get drunk before the party, so we obliged him," cukjojojo wrote.
In the UK, ITV launched its latest daytime quiz show to follow in the footsteps of The Chase and Tipping Point.
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Airing every day at 3pm, three pairs of contestants try to work out words appearing in Lingo grids and puzzlewords.
The Lingo computer gives them the first letter of words of different lengths – and they can cash in if they can guess the full word correctly.
The network revived the new series in 2021 and 10 episodes first aired back in 1988.
Comedian Adil Ray hosts the new British version.
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