November 16, 2013

Dalton High twins join family on ‘Feud’

By Christopher Smith

— When he got the call last July, he thought it was a prank.

Michael Keefe, the wrestling coach at Dalton High School, was convinced his twin brother Josh, who also teaches at Dalton High, was somehow behind the phone call telling him that his family had been selected to compete on the popular television show “Family Feud.”

“After I got off the phone, I called my brother,” Michael Keefe said. “I thought he was playing a joke. When I told him, he didn’t believe me and he thought I was the one playing a joke. It took a few minutes for it to sink in.”

The Keefe family — including sisters Emily Slatton and Elisabeth Denton and Josh’s wife Amber — will be featured on the game show on WDSI-TV 61 in Chattanooga Wednesday through Friday at 5 each night.

Michael Keefe, who said a contract with the studio keeps him tight-lipped about whether his family won anything, said the experience alone “was awesome.”

“It was a real fun kind of family bonding moment for us,” he said. “It was unexpected.”

It was Amber’s idea to go down to Atlanta for auditions last June, Michael Keefe said.

“She always wanted to be on a game show,” he said. “And her and Josh were planning to go to California. She wanted to be on ‘Family Feud’ and she found auditions were in Atlanta.”

The Keefes’ episode was filmed in Atlanta in July after the family passed two auditions that recreated the game show setting and had contestants competing for fake prizes.

“It’s pretty much unscripted though,” Michael Keefe said of the real game. “Whatever you say, they use. It’s one of those things where in rehearsal they are watching how you act to see if you are entertaining.”

So how did the Keefe clan make the cut?

“We just kind of did what we thought was the best job,” Michael Keefe said. “It was a long day, but it was a fun, long day.”