It’s time to play the “Family Feud” … at least it is for one Beverly resident and her relatives.
Rosemarie Mulroy Simeone, along with her dad and three of her brothers, will be featured on the popular game show, which requires participants to name the most popular responses to survey questions for cash and prizes, this week.
Simeone said she often watched “Family Feud” back when Richard Dawson was the host.
“We definitely have most recently got back into watching it because of our 13-year-old daughter,” she said. “Steve Harvey has really infused new excitement into the game.”
Just over a year ago, all the stars aligned and the Mulroy family was able to come together while “Family Feud” was holding auditions in Boston.
“Three of my five siblings live in Massachusetts and my parents were visiting [from Vermont] at the time,” Simeone recalled. “So, we just decided to go in and try out.”
Originally from New York, Simeone said her family definitely benefitted from dialing that part of their personalities up for the audition.
As part of the audition, those who are trying out must participate in a mock game with a stand-in host while being filmed.
“They just want to make sure you’re comfortable in front of the cameras,” Simeone explained.
After playing, the Mulroy family members were escorted to another room where they were asked to introduce themselves in front of more crew members.
“We knew from that interview that we were going a little bit further,” Simeone said.
Having made it past the first round, the family was then advised to wait until they received a postcard to let them know when they’d be sought out to go play the real game in Atlanta.
“I was so worried that the postcard might get lost in the mail,” Simeone said, explaining it was taking longer than she anticipated to hear from the show. “We finally got the postcard [around January] saying we made it onto the show and the crew would be in touch via email to set up some dates.”
Around early March, Simeone said she received the email listing potential dates for tapings.
“My brother put together this elaborate spreadsheet of dates to figure out what would work for everyone,” she said. “Two of the six dates worked for all of us.”
So, in June, “Family Feud” flew the Mulroys down to Atlanta and put them up in a hotel.
“We kind of made an adult trip out of it,” Simeone said of the experience.
Each show takes about two-and-a-half hours to film. The Mulroys were pitted against a family of five women from Atlanta during the taping.
“Our dad was very calm and relaxed,” Simeone said, noting the rest of the clan was a little nervous.
And as for the host?
“Steve Harvey is a riot,” Simeone said, noting that while some show hosts prefer to spend breaks in filming in their dressing room, Harvey did not. “He was out there entertaining the audience. I didn’t hear any of that, but my mom, who was in the audience, said he was hilarious.”
Overall, Simeone said the experience was definitely one she will treasure for the rest of her life.
“We had a lot of fun,” she said. “It was fun to be light-hearted and have a feel-good moment with my favorite people in the world, just laughing and having a good time.”
The Mulroys will appear on “Family Feud” on Nov. 15 and 16 at 8:30 p.m. on WHDH.