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WE sur­veyed 100 peo­ple ( OK, so it was only ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Pam Barnes) on the set of Fam­ily Feud and these are the top fi ve se­crets from be­hind the scenes:

1 MORE than 34,000 peo­ple reg­is­tered to play be­fore the show was offi cially an­nounced. Barnes says: “We’re still work­ing our way through those fam­i­lies, plus the ones who have signed up since.”

2 A SMALL team of pro­duc­ers and warm- up guy Rus­sell Fletcher travel in­ter­state to au­di­tion teams: “He plays the role of Grant and chats to all the fam­i­lies. Then we judge whether they’ve got what it takes to be on.”

3 CON­TES­TANTS are en­cour­aged to have a ‘ safety’ an­swer prepped: “You can’t just stand there and go, ‘ Hmm, I don’t know’ or ‘ Ugh, he took my an­swer’. If you have an emer­gency word for when you go blank, it can be­come a run­ning joke.”

4 PEO­PLE make crazy con­fes­sions in their ap­pli­ca­tions: “… then when we ask them about it, they go, ‘ Oh, I don’t want to talk about that!’”

5 THE noise you hear af­ter wrong an­swers dur­ing the main game was an artis­tic choice by Barnes: “When we were set­ting it up, we got new mu­sic, a new set, new ev­ery­thing, but the ‘ bow bow’ noise stayed the same. It be­longs to Fam­ily Feud.”

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