Pleasanton residents will have the opportunity to root for a local family appearing on Season 20 of "Family Feud" this week, sharing in their triumphs, laughs and embarrassments.
Pleasanton's Valladon family made a three-episode run on "Family Feud" hosted by Steve Harvey, with their pre-recorded episodes scheduled to air weeknights from Friday night through Tuesday, with reruns to broadcast in the future.
"Thank god we had (the girls), otherwise we would have been screwed," team captain Josh Valladon said of his family.
Team Valladon consisted of Josh, his wife Leslie, sister Tara (Walker), cousin Scott and cousin-in-law Christine. Josh told the Weekly each family member brought different energy that created a strong and complementary team.
"I would say my cousin and I are over-the-top competitive ... But then you have the three girls who are probably less competitive, but definitely the best on the team. So it was kind of a unique dynamic, but we had a good mix of really laid-back girls and high-strung guys that worked really well," he said.
Josh said that the process for being selected for the show was remarkably easy. Josh and Leslie have been fans of the show for years, and while they had been interested in competing, had never pulled the trigger. Until one day they signed up online almost on a whim, and soon after that they were invited to audition in Berkeley.
"It was probably the most fun experience I've ever had," Josh said. "I would recommend it to any family that's outgoing or watches the show. It is not as hard as you would think it would be to get on; it's definitely worth trying out."
While the Valladon family is not yet allowed to give away spoilers on how they performed -- and how much money they may have won -- Josh did speak of an embarrassing answer that is sure to be an instant "Family Feud" classic moment.
The moment occurred when Harvey asked "if it were up to me, I'd never 'blank' again." With zero hesitation, Scott answers "cheat" -- much to the delight of comedian Harvey.
"That's the dumbest thing you could have said," Harvey responded through tears of laughter. "What are you an idiot? What did you say it for? It's not gonna be up there."
"Keep in mind, his wife is on our team," Josh chuckled. "Obviously it was just the first thing that came to his mind ... but it was pretty funny."
Team Valladon's appearances on "Family Feud" are scheduled to be shown Friday, Monday and Tuesday, on CBS 5 and the CW. Be sure to check your local listings for accurate times.