By Johnny Jackson
Georginna Lockett considers herself the best "Family Feud" player among her family members. "I'm good," she said. The 28-year-old recalled watching the TV game show as a 6-year-old, on a large, floor-model television set in her grandmother's den in Macon, Ga.
"As a little girl, I always wanted to be on 'Family Feud,'" said Lockett, who now lives in Stockbridge. The family-oriented game show's focus on teamwork, she said, intrigued her then, as it does now.
"Usually, game shows are individual competitions," she said. "I liked being on the show with your family. You can compete against other families. Also, you want to win some money."
Lockett, a water complex engineer for the City of Atlanta, recently realized her dream of appearing on the show. She said it happened by chance.
"I listen to the Steve Harvey Morning Show [on 97.5 FM] every morning going to work," she said, "and they announced that Steve Harvey would be hosting 'Family Feud.'"
Lockett said she called the show and inquired about being a contestant. Soon after, she and members of her family had completed auditions in Atlanta, and were on a flight to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., where they filmed an episode of the show.
In the episode, Lockett's extended family, using her grandfather's name, Thomas, will face off with the Whittern Family, of Oklahoma City, Okla., for a chance to take home the show's top prize. The challenge begins Oct. 8, at noon on the Peachtree TV Network, WPCH.
Lockett said her family of contestants include: her brother-in-law, Coleman Dumas, a Macon resident, and a minister at Salem African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gray, Ga., and his wife, Lockett's sister, Daphne Dumas, who is an administrative assistant and a student at Mercer University; her cousin, Filmore Thomas, a data center manager in Stockbridge; and her cousin, Cherlyn Thomas, a solutions engineer in Duluth, Ga.
"It was my sister, Georginna's, idea to sign us up to audition for 'The Feud,'" said Daphne Dumas. "We grew up watching the show and really wanted to meet Steve Harvey. If we win, we want to take the whole family back to Orlando for a vacation, pay our tithes and bills, and save anything that is left."
The game show has been on the air for more than 30 seasons, while the current version of "Family Feud" is entering its 12th season, according to Courtney Smith, publicist for the show. "We've had a really great response from our long-time, loyal fans, about the show, and its new host, Steve Harvey," said Smith.
Smith said auditions are still being held for the show. To learn more about auditioning for "Family Feud," call the show's hotline, at (407) 224-3410.