Tracy Margetson, a resident of sunny K-Town, will battle for game show glory this Monday, Feb. 8, on “Ellen’s Game of Games.”
The story starts in the pre-pandemic days in March of 2019, when Margetson was watching the show with her 8-year-old daughter.
“My daughter turned to me, and she said, ‘Hey you should do this. This would be so much fun,’” Margetson says.
Margetson thought the idea was absurd at first, but then found herself looking up how to audition online. The first thing she had to do was make an audition video – she dressed up as a clown and acted out a skit with her daughter dressed as a girl scout. After explaining why she was interested in doing the show and what would make her appearance unique, she finished taping the video and sent it out.
A year passed.
April of 2020 – she got the call asking if she was still interested in going on the show. After a quick yes, she did a Skype interview with the show’s producers, playing a round of Heads Up, one of Ellen’s games, in which contestants try to guess the word they’re holding with clues from their partner.
Four more months passed, and then one day while Margetson was walking around the Milwaukee Zoo with her daughter, she got a call with proposed taping dates.
She flew out to Los Angeles for the taping, where she played Make it Rain. If you scroll up to the featured image of this article, you can see why it’s called that. One umbrella above the contestant is filled with glitter, and seven are filled with cold water. If the contestant answers the trivia question correctly, she gets to pull one of the handles, hoping for a glitter victory.
Again, if you look at that picture of Margetson above, you can see that this game, on at least one occasion, did not go as hoped for.
“You see people playing on tv and you think, ‘Oh my god that looks awful,’” Margetson says. “But when you’re playing it, it’s so much fun.”
You can watch Margetson’s episode on NBC Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.