Freeport grad gets dirty filming episode of 'Wipeout'
While watching an episode of ABC's “Wipeout,” South Buffalo native Rudee Dilick had a thought many people watching reality TV have.
“I though it'd be really cool to do,” said Dilick, a 2005 graduate of Freeport Area High School who now lives in Murrieta, Calif. “I was honestly just watching it with a couple of girls from down the street who I baby-sit.
“I decided to start looking around and found a way to apply.”
Dilick hopes to appear Thursday on the show's “Dirty Jobs” episode.
Dilick thought she was perfect for the spot given that she's a mortician by trade.
ABC's website described the episode this way: “Contestants who have made careers out of their own dirty jobs get messy on the course; obstacles include Pooper Scooper, Bustodian and Roach Poacher.”
“I applied the first time they called me, I called them back and I never heard back,” she said. “So I applied again and I kept calling them back until they called me. It just so happened they were doing a dirty jobs episode.
“I really played up the whole mortician angle.”
Dilick, who graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 and moved to California in 2011, can't say how she did on the show, which features contestants competing on extreme obstacle courses for $50,000.
The show isn't as glamorous as it seems, she said.
“There were 20 of us that went through the first round that day,” she said. “I was No. 7. I kept thinking, ‘This is going to be so fun.'
“People are coming back and they're covered in mud and foam. And I'm like, ‘How was it?' and they were like, ‘It sucks.'
“But I was just so hyped up I didn't believe them,” she said. “They were right: ‘Suck' doesn't even begin to describe how bad it was.”
Dilick said she wouldn't go through the competition again even if she was paid $50,000.
“The mud pits — they mix water with sand. When you get out, you just have sand in your eyes,” she said. “After I fell in, I really couldn't see anything.
“It wasn't fun.”
Still, Dilick called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“It was cool to see how TV works and everything that goes into making a show,” she said. “The people I was on with were great.
“It was just a cool group of people who do a job that a lot of people don't want to do,” she said. “It was neat to see a lot of people who are excited to go to work every morning just like I am.”
Dilick's older sister, Ashley DiMond, said it came as no shock to her or the rest of the family when they found out she was on the show.
“She's the ambitious one in the family,” DiMond said. “When she graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, she said to our mom, ‘I'm moving to California.'
“So they piled into a car, and she moved to California to do her externship, and she got a job there.”
DiMond said “Wipeout” is something the family has always watched. “We used to watch it with my grandma when we were younger,” she said. “That was her show.”
Dilick said ABC stressed to contestants that not everyone would get to be on TV, but she said she thinks she has a good shot at being on Thursday's episode.
“I got hit in the head pretty good,” she said with a laugh. “So, I think there might be a few cuts where they'll actually show me.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.
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