Mesa State student will be on game show Monday

Matthew Lovato is ready to disregard the saying that what happens in Las Vegas stays there.

At 1 p.m. Monday, Lovato, 23, makes his television debut as a contestant on the CBS game show “Let’s Make a Deal” with host Wayne Brady.

Lovato, a Mesa State College biology student, might even throw a party to celebrate his game-show appearance.

Lovato said he hoped he would be selected to be a contestant because producers asked him a series of questions before taping of the game show began. Plus, Lovato dressed as a Chippendale, a Las Vegas male dancer, to appear on the show. The taping was in Vegas.

“Let’s Make a Deal” is a game show in which audience members are allowed to wear outlandish costumes.

“When the show started, Wayne Brady kept walking by me,” Lovato said. “I was like, ‘Pick me. Pick me.’ “

But Lovato wasn’t selected until the show was nearly over.

“I was pretty nervous on TV,” Lovato said. “I think it went pretty well, though. I interacted with Wayne Brady a lot. I danced on national TV, which is not good news for me.”

The good news is Lovato left Las Vegas with a prize. He could not divulge more information about what he won because of contractual obligations with the show.

People interested in seeing how Lovato fared will have to tune in Monday. He plans to watch.

The show “Let’s Make a Deal” was made popular by host Monty Hall in the 1960s and ‘70s. Hall is now a creative consultant with the show.

Lovato admitted he had never seen the show with Hall, but said he had seen the show with Brady before. Two friends decided to get free tickets and try to win prizes.

Lovato’s two friends weren’t selected, but Lovato’s experience gave the trio something to talk about on the way back to Grand Junction in January.

“They were super-excited,” Lovato said. “They couldn’t believe I got picked.”


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