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Local resident appears on TV game show

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

A national television personality said he has been "touched by an angel."

In this case, that angel was Demetrice Straws, of McDonough.

Straws appeared on the television game show, "Let's Make a Deal," which aired May 11.

Traditionally, many of the audience members dress in costumes, hoping to bring attention to themselves and get picked as a contestant. Straws, 35, who was one of those in costume, said she did not expect the show's host, Wayne Brady, to select her.

"I was dressed as an angel," she said. "Wayne Brady turned around, and he said, 'You with the wings, come on down.' And I ran up there and I hugged him, and he said, 'I've been touched by an angel.' So now, they call our episode, 'Wayne Brady, touched by an angel.'"

Sraws has been a fan of the show for a long time. "I used to watch it, and I would always imagine me being on it, but I never really thought I would be picked."

During the show, which began in the 1960s, the host calls members of the studio audience up to the stage, to compete for prizes. Originally hosted by Monty Hall, it is now hosted by Brady.

The episode Straws appeared in was taped in Los Angeles on April 8. The prize she won was a $2,000 gift certificate for Newegg.com. "I wasn't 'zonked;' I didn't choose the curtain," said Straws. "I chose the envelope in Wayne Brady's pocket."

She said the opportunity to play the game in front of a national TV audience was exciting.

"It was everything I thought it would be, and more," added Straws. "It was a lot of fun. Even if I wouldn't have won anything, it just would've been fun."

Her family ties got her through the studio doors to where the show is taped. Straws has brothers who live in California. When she visited one of them, Ronald Clack, in April, he took her to a taping of an episode. "That was one of the outings my brother had planned for me, to go to 'Let's Make a Deal,'" she said. "His girlfriend got us tickets -- and I was picked ..."

Clack, who lives in Hawthorne, Calif., said his sister's appearance was "pretty amazing."

"I've been here for 30 years ... I've never gotten picked," he said. "Then, she came out to visit me, and boom, she's on the show. She got picked right off the bat. It was unbelievable."

Even so, Clack said he wasn't surprised his sister was chosen. "She got picked because she has an outgoing personality," he said. "That's what they look for in those game shows. She really hammed it up."