A couple of friends of mine and I fielded a team and applied to this show… and we were invited down to NYC to audition for it. One of my mates is super-organized and had us answering questions on a daily basis on pop culture (which tended to be music-based) and we were collectively kicking ass. Felt pretty confident, too.
…until we got the test. Now, I’ve made it past the tests for **Win Ben Stein’s Money, Jeopardy!, **and Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but this test kicked my ass. As far as knowledge, I don’t watch pretty much any of the top shows on the networks (CSI, Lost, etc) and some of the standbys like Sex and the City. So I got a ton of those wrong. There were a bunch of “Name four people who…” and “What were the best picture nominees in 2004” type questions - I suck at award trivia. Music-wise, I did pretty well, I thought. I also didn’t live in the U.S. in the early 80s so pretty much anything about cartoons or shows from then I blanked on.
It was also a fill-in-the-blank test, so no such luck in figuring out stuff via multiple choice. When we turned in the tests we instinctively picked up our gear to leave. We were dusted! I’ve yet to see the show (must set TiVo to record it) but a friend told me, “I know why you guys didn’t get on. You’re actually of average to above average intelligence, unlike the contestants they have on.”
I would attribute it to nerves, because that test was fuckin’ hard. It is the only game show test I’ve ever failed!