TV Time: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? This girl!
Although it’s been four years since I was the “villain” on The Bachelor, fans of the show still ask me one big question: If I were to go back in time, would I do the show again?
The first person I called after agreeing to go on the show was Arie Luyendyk, my friend and one-time beau, who everyone knows from Emily’s season of The Bachelorette. Once he confirmed he was indeed filming the day before me, he also clued me in to some of his strategies. For one, he had already downloaded the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire app on his phone. I was relieved that he would be able to give me the download before I filmed my episode and I started watching Jeopardy every night and studying as much trivia as possible.
When I touched down in New York, Arie called to let me know he had just finished filming his episode. The first thing out of his mouth was “you’re going to crap your pants.” He said that it was so nerve-wracking, he could barely speak (which is not at ALL like him). So, naturally, the panic sunk in. **Spoiler Alert** I thought he was kidding, when he told me he had won $100,000 dollars for Phoenix Children’s hospital. He gave me some great pointers and tips and wished me luck.
Honestly, it still haunts me at night. If you missed my episode, I started off strong, hot out the gate, confident. I was on a mission to help kids in need. FYI the organization is one of the best causes in my opion, but it’s not cheap: It costs $1,200 for one child to have a big brother or sister for a year. Imagining what 100 thousand smackaroos could do had me spewing final answers left and right.
I think now is a good time to thank Chris Harrison for helping me keep my nerves at bay and my anxiety low with his comforting disposition. It’s terrifying standing up there under all those lights, with a huge audience watching you. One thing I’ll say for The Bachelor: at least it wasn’t live. And we all remember how much fun I had on that show the one time it was…
Another thing I get asked about a lot? Chris Harrison. And I’ll give it to you straight, no bullshit: He is honestly one the neatest people, such a genuinely good guy who is very down to earth. I seriously don’t know how he does it all, and with such grace and ease (at least, he makes it look easy).
I was having fun playing and actually made it up to $20,000! None of the trivia I studied came in handy, go figure. I still had one lifeline left: the CEO of BBBS Laura Capello had flown herself to New York on her own dime, to support me.
For the next question, I was asked: “Wes Craven was reportedly drawn to iconic ghost face mask used in the original “Scream” films because it reminded him of a famous painting by whom?”
The answer choices were
A. Edgar Degas
B. Edvard Munch
C. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
D. Peter Paul Rubens
You art history buffs might already know that the correct answer is A. Edvard Munch. But I didn’t.
Rather than pumping the breaks and using my lifeline because I wasn’t 100% sure, I decided to take a guess and blurted out C. Final Answer! OOPS!
This is what haunts me at night. I could’ve and should’ve walked away with $20,000 for the kids! Laura was so sweet and understanding, and even told me she didn’t know the answer either.. But I’m mad at myself for not calling upon her for help on walking away.
When it was time for our shows to air, Arie was nice enough to throw a viewing party with me, where we helped raise more money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona (where we’re both from). We sold t-shirts and signed copies of my book.
Much like my experience on The Bachelor, WWTBAM didn’t end up being my best moment, but it was another fun experience I will always cherish. Shout out to Arie for always being such a stand up man.
One of the many lessons learned by heading back onto the silver screen: you CAN make a difference if you’re brave enough to try — even if you might S*%$ your pants! Thank you all for the love and support friends! XO
If you want to buy a T-SHIRT the proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters so I can stop kicking myself in the A$$. If you don’t want a tee but feel like helping, here is the link: Big Brother Big Sisters Of Central Phoenix