Knoxville native Melanie Alexander Sanchez got a taste of Hollywood for her appearance on “Hollywood Game Night,” airing at 10 p.m. Wednesday on WBIR, Channel 10.
The NBC game show, which takes place in a posh Hollywood Hills home, pairs two everyday folks with three celebrity teammates, who then compete in a series of pop-culture games, leaving the winning team (and everyday contestant) a chance to win $25,000.
Sanchez, a 2001 graduate of Bearden High School, recalls with a laugh her arrival.
“It was a stereotypical Hollywood moment,” she says. “(We stepped) out of the limo and there were models everywhere and these big guys in their hats and shades guarding the door, and palm trees ... I was like, ‘I am so Hollywood right now!’ ”
Her celebrity teammates include Tom Arnold, Patricia Heaton and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Sanchez says, in a roundabout way, Hollywood reached out to her to compete on the show.
“Me and my business partner, we do seminars specifically on fear and eliminating fear from your life, because we believe it’s the biggest spiritual obstacle that prevents people from arriving at their full potential. Apparently, through the grapevine to Hollywood, it got back to a casting director in L.A., and they know that I’m a motivational speaker and have got a big personality, and so I got contacted by a casting company and they asked if i’d be interested in auditioning.”
And while she can’t reveal how she fared on the show, Sanchez said she had a great time.
“I had the best weekend of my life. It was spectacular; how it all went down, how amazing the celebrities were, the experience of seeing how production puts on something like that.”
Sanchez is co-owner of AlmaDiem, a healing arts studio in West Knoxville. The studio offers massage therapy, yoga, nutrition and skin care consultations as well as life coaching, intuitive counseling and more.
She is married to Knox County Assistant District Attorney General Hector Sanchez.
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