Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Was A Double Dare Reject By R.T. Ewell

When I was young, Nickelodeon was my channel. I LOVED it. There were so many great shows on. From Doug to Clarissa Explains It All. I can't forget to mention its flagship show for a long time, You Can't Do That On Television. Not to mention the game shows that were strictly for kids. Finders Keepers, Legends Of The Hidden Temple, and GUTS. I thought GUTS, which was a kids American Gladiators, was a show that would have been cool to be on. Of all of these awesome shows there was one show that ruled them all. Double Dare.

That's right, the game show was hosted by Marc Summers and it combined trivia questions and messy, messy challenges. Usually it was a team of a boy and girl who also got to name their team something silly most of the time. At the end of the show the winners got to do this insane obstacle course where at each stop you had to find a flag before moving on. Anything from putting your hand up the nostril of a giant rubber nose to running in a hamster wheel at a certain speed until a flag dropped. It was a blast to watch.

Back then I lived in Tampa, Florida which is not very far from Nickelodeon's home at the time, Orlando. Word got out that there were tryouts being held so you can imagine my excitement. A friend and I begged our parents to take us there. I was probably around the age of 12 years old at this point. To our relief they agreed to take us to the tryouts. When I say there were a lot of people, I mean there were A LOT of people. More than I could have ever imagined, thus making our chances of getting on slimmer and slimmer in my young mind.

They were going by rounds of competitions so the first round would happen then they would eliminate the worst of the bunch. Then the second round would happen and so on and so on.

The first challenge had both participants putting a spoon in their mouth while transporting an egg from one spoon to the other without using their hands. Each participant had to stand about ten to fifteen feet across from each other while transporting the egg to the other. I can't express how difficult this was. Needless to say by the title of this site, things did not go to well for yours truly. We didn't make it out of the first round. I remember being disappointed but not devastated because there were just so many people at this event. It was a little overwhelming.

So that is my Double Dare story, admittedly it's not as good of a story as if I had actually made it onto the show. Still I thought I would share it because I'm a huge fan of nostalgia. I wish I would have had the opportunity to meet Marc Summers; alas they only saved that for the elite few that actually appeared on the show.

It's the only game show I ever tried out for. I kick myself for not trying more when I've had the opportunity. Wheel Of Fortune came to Knoxville, TN a few years ago and for some odd reason I didn't go try out for it. The mid 30's version of me likes to makes excuses for things that take me out of my comfort zone. At the very least I should have gone in honor of my Grandmother because it was one of her favorite shows. Well besides Price Is Right; oh how I would love to play Plinko.

I often wonder how awesome it would have been to be on Double Dare. Granted it probably would not have changed my life but man, what an experience I would have had.

-R.T.


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