'The Price is Right' for Mt. Pleasant woman
By Mark Hofmann
Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 6:58 p.m.
A Mt. Pleasant woman's dream came true when she was a contestant on “The Price is Right.”
The episode on which Janey Layman appeared aired Thursday, but was actually taped in November.
Layman, a teacher at Southmoreland Middle School, tried out at a contestant search competition at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in August and was chosen by the producers to fly to California and appear as a contestant.
Layman said when she appeared at the studio, it was between her and a lady from Butler to appear on Contestants Row, which Layman said was her dream.
Her dream looked like it wasn't coming true when she was placed at pretty much the last seat in the audience, but she said, “two or three minutes after that, it (the game) started and then it was just a big blur.”
During that blur:
Layman was the last contestant called at the very beginning of the show during the opening segment and joined three other contestants on Contestants Row.
The first item they had to guess the actual retail price was a portable music package, which contained iPods and a speaker. Layman bid $778, but was over. The suggested retail price was $748.
The next item was diamond and crystal accent jewelry, which Layman bid $1,850. Again she overbid. The actual retail price was $1,465.
The third item presented to Contestants Row was a desktop computer and printer. Layman's bid came way under at $700, when the actual retail price was $2,020, and she also missed out on the fourth bid.
However, for Layman, the fifth time was a charm. She guessed $750 for a bicycle, with an actual retail price of $1,299.
Layman then went on stage in her homemade shirt that read “BL$nging it for DREW” in reference to host Drew Carey, but it was her uncontrollable laughing that was contagious enough for Carey to laugh along with her.
Layman played the game, “Make Your Move,” where she had to place the prizes including a blender, a digital camera and a trip for two to Sweden under a series of numbers that reflected the actual retail price of each item.
She placed the blender under $40, the digital camera under $461 and the trip to Sweden under $9,308.
“It looks good to me. Does it look good to you?” Carey asked Layman.
“I don't know,” she answered with laughter.
Turns out, it wasn't good at all. She lost “Make Your Move,” but was still in the game with a spin of the bonus wheel and maybe earned her place in the footage annals of “The Price is Right.”
“You're going to be in our highlight reel,” Carey said.
When it came time to spin the bonus wheel, the first contestant went over, leaving a clean slate for Layman.
When asked by Carey if she wanted to say hello to anybody, Layman said hello to her family, friends and everyone in the Southmoreland School District.
Layman's first spin landed on a 70, where she decided to stay.
The contestant after her spun a 40 and had to spin again. As the second spin edged closer to an 85, which would put that contestant over 100 and place Layman in The Showcase Showdown, the wheel rested at 50. The other contestant had edged Layman out with a total of 90.
“It was just so overwhelming,” Layman later said, but was happy to just make it to Contestants Row and also getting a chance to spin the bonus wheel and make, share and spread some laughter. “I can't believe I was one of ‘those' people. It was the coolest thing I ever got to do in my life.”
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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