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Leesburg man will be 'Feuding' tonight

By Jay Polk - bio | email

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Games and sports are a big part of Mike Kardamis' life.  But for him another type of game has always fascinated him.  That game?  Family Feud.

"I used to watch the show when I was younger," he said.

So when Kardamis' mother heard about tryouts for the show near her home in Massachusetts, she got the ball rolling and got the old team back together to attend the tryout.  Because this wasn't the first time that they had tried to make it on.

"Twenty years ago, we tried out.  We got to the final cuts in New York City and came up a little bit short," said Kardamis.

This time, they were among 30 families chosen to travel to Universal Studios Orlando, where the show is taped.  But even then the auditions weren't done.

"We had to try out one more time.  Now we're thinking 'we get all this way and we don't get on would be a bummer'," he said.

Finally, Kardamis - playing under his in-laws name of Kerkhoff - made it on the show.  Of course, getting selected to the show was one thing, but actually being on stage was a whole different experience.

"It's a little nerve racking," he said.

Fortunately, Kardamis' family had plenty of support to keep them going.

"My nephew had 10 of his friends from home and from college there," he said.

While his game show career may be over, he says that he'll always have good memories of his time on the show.

"Great experience, great to be with my family.  My mother said it was the greatest day of her life the initial tryout we had."

And a unique story to tell at the next family reunion.

If you want to see how the Kardamis family fared on the show, their episode airs Thursday night at 9:30 on WSST.

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