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Tualatin represents on 'Price is Right'

Briana Albertson takes stage in Aug. 16 show


Drew Carrey has been the host of The Price is Right since 2008.by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Briana Albertson, 19, a sophomore at San Diego State and a 2012 graduate of Tualatin High School, will be on the CBS game show The Price is Right on Aug. 16. Briana Albertson heeded the call to come on down.

And come down she did, to join host Drew Carey and a handful of other audience members on the stage of “The Price is Right.” For the 19-year-old Tualatin High School graduate, being chosen as a contestant on the long-running CBS game show was a dream come true — delightful, if surreal.

“My summers always consisted of my sister and I waking up in the morning and turning on CBS and watching the show,” Albertson said. “I grew up watching this. I feel like I stepped into my TV.”

Although Albertson’s episode was filmed May 5, it had a back-to-school theme geared toward college students, delaying the air date considerably. Fittingly, Albertson had arranged to attend the taping with four friends from San Diego State University, where she is preparing for her sophomore year as a business major. It’s not uncommon for college students in the general Los Angeles vicinity to organize trips to CBS studios in the hopes of getting into the show and, of course, becoming contestants themselves.

Among the other groups in the audience were much larger gatherings of college students, fraternity brothers and even a bachelor party — making Albertson’s group of five seem diminutive by comparison.

Albertson said she felt an almost instant camaraderie with other audience members, with whom she and her friends stood in line for several hours before being let into the studios.

“It’s just such a welcome environment,” Albertson said. “The audience is very interactive in the show. I was playing my pricing game, they were throwing out numbers. It’s a very supportive environment.”

And there was plenty of camera time for Albertson’s four friends, despite the fact they remained in the audience.

“We were actually right behind contestants’ row, so we’re (in) a direct shot the whole time,” Albertson said. “So I’m up on stage, my friends are still right on TV there. That was really cool being able to experience that, the whole stage directly in front of me.”

The lifelong Tualatin resident isn’t certain why she was one of the chosen few to compete on the show.

“Pretty much you just have to really stand out in the crowd to be able to be selected,” she said. “Luckily, I went with a group of friends that were really energetic with me. I just stood out.”

Part of what recommended Albertson, who wore an SDSU T-shirt, was her nearly life-long familiarity with a show that has been on the air in its current form since 1972.

“Since I did watch for so many years, I knew the nature of the show,” she said. “I really kind of knew the price ranges of certain items. I think that’s really what helped me get on stage in the first place. I kind of got the familiarity of certain prices for items, how the games work, what you need on the big wheel.”

Although Albertson is unable to give many details about the episode until it airs on Aug. 16, she did confirm that she did well enough in the initial price-guessing round to proceed to Check Out, a supermarket-themed game that challenges players to guess within $2 of the total for a grocery list of items. If she succeeded, she would have won a big-ticket prize. But she remains tight-lipped about the outcome.

“I’m not allowed to say what went down,” she said, “but the whole experience of just being able to go onstage with Drew Carey was worth it all.”

It hardly mattered to Albertson that she met the new host, Drew Carey, instead of the arguably more iconic Bob Barker, who retired in 2007. Albertson grew up watching the improvisational game show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” which Carey hosted until 2007.

She found Carey friendly and down-to-earth.

Albertson herself enjoyed her “five seconds of fame” amongst other audience members after the taping wrapped and she looked for her friends in one of the CBS studios parking lots.

Now, more than three months later, she plans to watch the episode when it airs with family and a few close friends. It is, after all, a chronicle of one of the best days of her life, taped in front of a live studio audience.



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