So okay yeah CANDY CRUSH!!!!! Ahhh what an effing experience! I can't tell everyone how lucky and incredibly blessed I feel for the opportunity! Rio and I are still on cloud nine from the whole experience. Ugh, $100,000 you guys!!!!
So of course we've been asked a TON of questions since it aired, and honestly from our family even after we filmed. I'm gonna answer the most asked questions that Rio and I keep getting!
First off, how did you hear about the show?
- Number 1 most asked question. Sooo I lived in LA my second to last semester of college and I guess I was on some sort of casting list. I was going through and cleaning out my inbox one day and I saw an email that was something like "New Game Show Win Money" and I was like oh, yeah sure I'll respond. It was about a week old and I didn't think I'd get a response, but I did that same day! And the rest is history from there!
Where and when did you guys shoot it?
So they flew us out to Los Angeles actually for 4 days in April of this year. We got a little mini vacation out of it. We arrived at The L.A. Hotel on Saturday in the morning because of the time change from Orlando to LA. We pretty much had the entire day so I showed Rio around some of my favorite parts of LA like the Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Boulevard and more. We were able to meet up with a friend from Orlando out there and all went out for drinks Saturday night! On Sunday we had to do physicals for the show early in the morning but the rest of the day was ours! We went to LA live and met up with one of my friends from back in the day and then went home early to get a good night's sleep before shooting! Monday was the big day and we were on set from pretty much 8am until 8pm. We couldn't bring our phones so that we couldn't take photos or bring any information about the set back home. We had our own dressing room, I got my hair and makeup touched up, and we did a mini photoshoot before lunch! When it was all over we went back to our room and celebrated with room service and champagne!
Were the games really hard?
They're a lot harder than you think! They had to add some stools and adjust some things for me because of my height (haaa go figure). On the big boards you can only see two or three candies in front of you and that's it! When they show an aerial view of the boards it looks so simple, but the challenges are WAY more difficult in the moment....and a lot more intimidating with $100,000 on the line!
How much money did you ACTUALLY win?
So what people don't realize is you don't get the money the day you win it. You don't even get it when your episode airs. We actually still won't see any money for a few months! But that's okay because that's how show business works! When we do though, Rio and I both get a check for half of the money.
What are you guys gonna do with the money?
So we're definitely going to do some traveling! In all honesty, I have some student loans I can put the money towards and Rio wants to buy a motorcycle. Otherwise, we're going to most likely invest and take some trips! We really want Dubai, or to do a European tour, even Australia maybe! We're not set with where we want to go just yet but we do have some time to decide! Maybe you all can help us out! Where have you been dreaming of going? Where have you been that you think we should go? Leave your suggestion by clicking the "comments" button at the top of this post! :)
We're literally still on a high from this experience. I couldn't be happier to have experienced this with Rio. This is something we'll always share together and I'm so thankful for that! Rio actually wrote a note on our hotel notepad in the room, that I didn't see until we got back from filming that night. It couldn't have been sweeter.....
UGH, CRYING! No really I saw that when we got back from shooting and cried. It was just the most perfect little mini vacay/experience ever and I couldn't think of anyone else I would have rather shared it with!!
We can't thank Mario Lopez enough for being an AWESOME host. Rane and Amanda were the coolest producers we could have asked for. CBS and Lionsgate are just amazing company's to have worked with. And thanks to our friends and family that watched, supported, and badgered us for months until they found out what happened! Thanks to Spun Candy Miami for our sweet little treats too! We definitely may consider doing another show or something similar but for now, we're going to enjoy traveling with our winnings!
Thank you all so much for watching our episode and if you missed it, don't worry you can watch it here. I've also added a little gallery of photos from the show and trip for you guys. Thanks so much for reading guys! Stay tuned for a post/video about our recent trip to Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas!
Thanks for reading peeps!