This is Part Three of My Hot Seat Experience. For the other parts see the links below this blog post.
The six of us contestants are herded from the dreary back lot of Channel 9 into the bright flashing ‘Hot Seat’ studio. In the background I can hear the warm-up guy, Michael Pope, trying to keep the audience energy up. It looks and sounds like a people zoo, with the audience getting rewarded with lollies for playing along. The audio guys do a final check on the microphones and then we’re led onto the set. It’s show time!
It’s surreal. We’re surrounded by hundreds of people; I don’t know where to look. Lights are everywhere, on the floor, on the stage, on the ceiling. It’s hard not to notice the cameras they’re everywhere to pick up your every move. This isn’t natural.
My chronic tiredness is forgotten about; the adrenalin has finally kicked in. The rest is just a blur.