Student plays 'The Price is Right'

UF student Kristin Lundy, center, was chosen from an audience of 320 to be a contestant on "The Price Is Right." In the audience with her were friends and fellow UF students Simone Hanniford and Latoya Evans. The three agreed to split winnings that any of them made on the show.

Special to The Sun
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2008 at 6:32 p.m.

Tuesday at 11 a.m., Kristin Lundy will be at the Swamp restaurant on W. University Avenue, reliving the chills she felt when she heard, "Kristin Lundy, come on down."

Three weeks after the taping, the 21-year-old University of Florida student will appear on "The Price Is Right" April Fools episode.

How well does she do? Well, Lundy had to sign a five-page-long contract of confidentiality, promising not to discuss the outcome of the show.

"All I am saying is that they need to watch it until the end," Lundy said.

After traveling to Los Angeles for spring break, Lundy and her friends and fellow UF students Simone Hanniford and Latoya Evans, both 21, will now relive their spring break on national television.

Having watched the show since she was 8 years old, Lundy, a UF senior studying health education and behavior, said she never dreamed she would be picked from a group of 320 people and have the chance to win thousands of dollars.

"Little did I know my name was being called while I was sitting there looking at the pretty lights," Lundy said. "Then Simone started slapping me on the back of my head."

As she ran down to the stage flapping her hands, panic was her first reaction, then disbelief and finally excitement, she said.

The episode will air on the CBS Channel 4, 11 a.m. to noon.

The three girls wore matching Gator shirts, Albert tattoos and orange and blue earrings. Whatever the outcome of the show, Kristin and her friends agreed to split any prizes. They even signed a contract, Hanniford said.

In the show, four contestants are randomly picked from the audience to bid on an initial product. The player who bids closest to the product's actual retail price without going over gets to play one of several pricing games - and gets a chance at the ultimate prize: the Showcase Showdown - which can feature prizes such as cars, appliances and vacation packages.

Throughout the show, Lundy said she kept looking to her friends for help on guessing the prices.

"It felt like an out-of-body experience," said Hanniford, a UF marketing major.

During the seven commercial breaks, host Drew Carey helped her relax by making jokes, Lundy said.

"I got snot and tears on Drew Carey's jacket," Lundy said.

Drew Carey, a stand-up comic better known for the "The Drew Carey Show," replaced longtime gameshow host Bob Barker last year.

"Drew kept giving me hugs, but maybe it was because I kept hyperventilating," Lundy said. "I seriously think he was rooting for me."

To prepare for the show, Lundy and her friends went to the grocery store to study prices and looked up American-made cars online, Hanniford said.

Lundy and her friends will gather at the Swamp restaurant to watch the show. Her co-workers at the Courtyard by Marriott will be watching her on the plasma TV in the lobby.

Her mother, stepfather and 19-year-old brother will watch the show in her hometown, Tampa. Lundy's father, grandmother and other relatives will watch at her grandmother's house in New York.

"I didn't think people would be genuinely happy and excited for me," Lundy said.

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