When your bosses ask you to round out their LMFAO-themed crew by dressing as the "Shuttle Bot," the robot character made famous by the pop music group, how can you say no?
Jordon Costello works for El Dorado Broadcasters and jumped at the chance to join the party bus filled with radio station employees and prize-winning listeners who were heading to a taping of "Let's Make a Deal." The game show has audience members dress in outlandish costumes to win cash and prizes by making deals with the host.
Still, the 20-year-old was a bit in shock when he was chosen as a contestant — and even more so when he managed to avoid the dreaded "zonk" in the episode set to air Friday.
"I can't say too much before the show airs, but I was a winner," Costello said. "I had a really, really hard decision to make and I picked one and I'm happy."
Costello attended Hesperia High School for three years, where he was a football player, and graduated in 2011 from Riverside Preparatory School. He went to work as road crew for El Dorado — the company that operates Y102, Kat Country and other stations across California — straight out of high school.
This was Costello's first time on a game show, though he tried out for ABC's "Wipeout" once. He made it past the interviews but was eliminated before he got to run the wacky obstacle course.
Costello said "Let's Make a Deal" host Wayne Brady was very friendly and witty — even more so off the air than during the tapings, poking fun at the contestants and making everyone laugh.
His advice to anyone who wants to get on a game show: "Be yourself. Don't be shy. Have fun and be energetic."
Brooke Edwards Staggs may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.