On last week's episode of the "Family Feud," an East Baltimore family was in it to win it but fell short, losing to a family from Minnesota, but luckily, this fall, Baltimore has several chances at earning some bragging rights on the game show.
The Newmans, a family from Baltimore, will be featured on "Family Feud" Thursday night, and will be followed by at least five more families from the region this fall, thanks to a live audition that was held in the city last year (See the schedule at the end of the article for more details).
The Newmans, consisting of Angela Newman, Willow Newman, Myriah Newman, Lakeisha Newman-McClendon, and Donna Newman, will face-off against the Bennetts, a family from Utah, in a Thursday night episode, which according to Newman-McClendon was bittersweet.
The Newmans originally came into the game with a passion for the show.
"We play games at EVERY family function. We make anything into a game just to have bragging rights … We play family feud on the Wii all the time and watch it daily!!" she wrote to the game show in last year in hopes of auditioning.
But a "Family Feud" against the Bennetts soon turned into a love story.
"We didn't want to play each other," Newman-McClendon said, adding that the two families had hit it off almost immediately while in a waiting room before filming the show.
It all began when one of her aunts started dancing to the Electric Slide to stay warm. The Bennetts joined her.
"They are a white family from Utah and we're this black family from Baltimore, but when you got us together," Newman-McClendon said there was little difference. The families exchanged stories and joked and went out to dinner together two nights in a row.
"There was just something special about them. They were just loving and silly and had the best sense of humor. … It was like something the Lord made. We didn't want to play against them — that was how much we loved them," Newman-McClendon said, adding that instead of the competitive tradition of crossing arms in X's in hopes that the other team strikes out during the competition, Newman-McClendon said the Newmans sent the Bennetts hearts.
At one point, the families danced in a "Soul Train"-style line on stage, she said.
"It was totally organic and hyped up, and I can't even take credit. … They had so much rhythm and soul," she said, adding that a team member named Buddy from the Bennetts summoned her to stage for the dance off.
"You could tell from the 'Family Feud' staff that had never happened before."
Newman-McClendon said she first learned about "Family Feud's" local auditions last year from a friend in Baltimore. She decided to write a letter to see if her family could audition. When she didn't hear back, she resent the letter, and got an invitation for the audition, bringing six family members. Only five were chosen, but the family agreed that they would split everything six ways if they won.
The family prepared for their April film date by meeting at each other's homes to practice (She and her Aunt Willow, two of the team's strongest players, practiced for Fast Money).