Local sisters on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ TV show

Published 7:00 pm Monday, October 8, 2018

Vicksburg residents Chandria and Leandra Murrell are media stars.

The sisters will make their television debut on the game show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” Wednesday at 2 p.m. on WJTV.

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Their appearance was the result of pure chance.

“We were vacationing in California, and we looked up TV shows and just decided to attend the show,” Chandria said. “We had to go through the waiting, interview, registration, and we just randomly got selected to be contestants on show. They filmed the show in June.”

The sisters used one word to describe their experience — “shocking.”

“They called us up together. We were both ecstatic (to be picked). We were in the Twilight Zone; it was disbelief. It was ‘somebody pinch me!’ We went crazy, screaming,” she said.

“It felt unreal,” Leandra said. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so it felt really good.”

And being a contestant on the show, Chandria said, was a challenge.

“You have to think fast; you don’t have much time to make decisions. The anticipation was nerve-wracking; you don’t know what’s going to be said, you don’t know if you’re going to get anything, or what you’re going to get,” she said. “There’s a lot of questions going through your mind, your mind is constantly racing.”

Lendra said she wanted to make the best of her opportunity.

“I did not want to come home empty handed; it was like, ‘Please let me win something.’ I wanted to be a winner, because I watch TV and I see people get zonked and I see people win, so I wanted to make the right choice,” she said.

“It was fun, because the crowd pumps you up and then (host) Wayne Brady’s up there, and the atmosphere is really nice, really cool; it’s energized. The audience is telling you what they think, and of course, they are not on the same page. Exciting.”

The ladies are prohibited from saying if they won anything. People will just have to watch the show and find out, they said, adding that until a few days ago they were unable to tell their friends and family about their appearance.

And when they finally spread the word, they ran into a lot of skeptics.

“They thought were playing a joke on them or trying to prank them,”Chandria said.

“They said, where did you come up with this lie, this is a good one,” Leandra said. “We had to be serious and show them my picture. They believed us then. It’s unreal; two people from Vicksburg, Mississippi, being on a major TV game show, so I can understand.”

Leandra said a lot of people will gather at her home Wednesday to watch the show.

“Others will be at work Wednesday, because it comes on in the mid-afternoon, so they’ll record it and watch it later,” she said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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