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Local family competes on ‘Family Feud’

The Boochee family “Family Feud” episode airs Tuesday. Pictured are, Derrica Boochee-Davis, left; Rona Morris-Hester; Cheryl Boochee; Host Steve Harvey; Eula Holley; and Derrick Boochee. (Special Photo)

The Boochee family “Family Feud” episode airs Tuesday. Pictured are, Derrica Boochee-Davis, left; Rona Morris-Hester; Cheryl Boochee; Host Steve Harvey; Eula Holley; and Derrick Boochee. (Special Photo)

COVINGTON — Cheryl Boochee has been watching “Family Feud” since it started its run three decades ago, and she always hoped she could bring her family on the show. It took more than one audition, but Boochee never gave up.

“My mom harassed those people. She’s a ‘Family Feud’ lover. She has been trying to get on ‘Family Feud’ for two or three years,” said her daughter, Derrica Boochee-Davis, of Covington. “We interviewed once and they didn’t like us. We interviewed a second time, and they liked us. Mom emailed and called them every single day.”

Boochee’s efforts paid off. Derrica, a former Newton High School teacher, and her mother and father, Derrick, of Lithonia, along with her grandmother Eula Holley, also of Covington, and cousin Rona Morris-Hester, of Atlanta, filmed an episode of the game show in May at the Atlanta Civic Center that will air Tuesday.

Boochee-Davis couldn’t say how the family fared, but one thing’s for sure: They either won big or lost big, as the final score was 137 to 0.

The popular game show has been around since the mid-1970s and pits two five-member family teams against each other as they try to guess the top five answers to surveys posed to 100 people.

Filming was a long day, with four episodes shot over the course of an afternoon. Contestants filled in the studio audience until it was their time to compete.

“We did the best we could. It was a fun, fun time,” said Boochee-Davis. “(Host) Steve Harvey was dynamic, very comical. In between sets he’d do a little bit of standup for you.” Contestants even got to dance during breaks, she said.

The atmosphere was fun and energetic, traits producers look for when casting the show.

Boochee-Davis said she comes from a family of athletes. “Everybody is motivated, very competitive, and we want to win. We take that attitude in.”

Boochee-Davis said the episode should be entertaining.

“The answers that my granny will give, my granny will entertain you. You’re going to be appalled that this 79-year-old came up with these answers. I was traumatized,” she joked.

Check local listings for the channel and air times of the Boochee family episode.