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08-09-2012 09:00 AM #1
"The Price is Right" - Why Do All Contestants Where Lapel Mics?
I've been a longtime viewer of TPIR, remembering back to the early 70s when the show was "The New TPIR" (to differentiate the Bill Cullen-hosted version from the 60s), the syndicated nighttime show hosted by Dennis James, and the transition of the daytime show from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Didn't this happen when CBS ended the "Love of Life" soap which aired at 11:30am ET? But, I digress...
My question pertains to why and how long contestants on the current show have been wearing lapel mics? I did not realize this until a week ago when a female contestant stumbled while climbing the stairs toward the big turntable and Drew. The camera had a rear view of her (with Drew in the background awaiting her arrival from contestants' row) when she stumbled - her shirt flew up enough to reveal the mic transmitter clipped to the back of her jeans. When she finally reached Drew and turned around, I could see the mic clipped to the top of her shirt. From then, I've noticed that all contestants are wearing mics. How long has this been done? And, why is it necessary when the podiums in contestants' row and the showcase have hard-wired mics and Drew has a handheld mic which he can quickly pivot from his mouth to the contestant's? It would also seem that everyone in the audience (minus those who only wish to be spectators) would need to be "miked-up" prior to taking their seats - that's a lot of wireless mics to be handing out, as well as master control determining which mic to "make hot" when the "come on down" is given.
08-09-2012 10:29 AM #2
Makes me wonder if only the contestants that will be picked are mic'd? Maybe they know ahead of time?"If at first you don't suck seeds, keep on suckin' 'till you do suck seeds."
--Jerome Horowitz, aka Curley Howard
08-09-2012 10:45 AM #3
In the past, constestants were picked outside while everyone was lined up. DOn't know if they still do that.
08-09-2012 10:49 AM #4
From what I understand is the people are miced after they get to contestants row. So when they come on down they are not wearing a mic, hen they get to the podioum they are not wearing a mic, but after commercial break they are wearing a mic.
I was a big fan of the Price is right, but not so much since Drew took over. I like Drew but he seems to have no control over the contestants like Bob did. People are walking all over Drew now when no one would have did that to Bob.Scott
08-09-2012 11:20 AM #5
The way they edit the show now it must take them 2 hours to take a 45 minute showDirectv Slimline SWM 5 LNB and DirectvWorld dish on the roof of the apartment building...Directv HR34 AKA Genie
All FTA stuff in storage right now
08-09-2012 11:46 AM #6