Leaving his hotel room with the hard-as-a-rock mattress and wearing his Vols orange T-shirt, Knoxville resident Paul Kampwerth went to CBS studios to try his luck.
More than six hours later, Kampwerth passed his first hurdle. He got into the soundstage for "The Price Is Right"and waited for his name to be called.
And it was.
The chef at Tennova Healthcare was summoned to contestant's row, hoping his bids there would get him on stage to play for big prizes on the decades-old game show.
He said his energy and Vols T-shirt got him on the air.
Kampwerth's stint on "The Price Is Right"airs Wednesday. The game show airs at 11 a.m. weekdays on WVLT, Channel 8.
"I've wanted to be on the show since I was 8 years ago," he said.
He and the other contestants made waiting to get into the studio "an all-American party," laughing, clapping, slapping hands and raising the energy of the event.
"The energy was crazy," he said.
He revealed this much: He won a "hand spa," which allowed to get on stage. Beyond that, he couldn't say anymore.
His bid was far under his other contestants.
CBS wouldn't say any more either.
"We can't tell you whether your newly-minted hometown 'celebrity' will take home the Showcase," a spokeswoman for the show tells me.
Kampwerth did have a chance for a chat with host Drew Carey and announcer George Gray.
"He's very down-to-Earth," Kampwerth said of the host.
The longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" premiered on CBS on Sept. 4, 1972, and is currently celebrating its 41st season on the air.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com.
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