By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
In early April, Cascade resident Danyelle McClendon got the chance to see a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. After scoring some tickets, while sitting in the audience, McClendon was chosen to participate in a game show of sorts on DeGeneres’ show called “Wheel of Beauty.” She ended up with an array of beauty products all over her face and hair.
Despite the mess, McClendon said then that she would not have changed the experience for anything.
A month later, on May 14, she received a call. McClendon said she played phone tag with The Ellen DeGeneres Show representative that evening before they finally got ahold of one another. They wanted her to come back on the show to participate in another game show.
“I’m not 100 percent sure how the second time came about,” said McClendon. “They said they wanted to bring their favorite game contestants back.” She said her spoof on the show received a huge amount of YouTube hits.
Hearing that the show wanted her to come back, McClendon said, “I couldn’t believe it! I was jumping up and down, crying tears of happiness. I was in complete shock. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think they would remember me, let alone call me back to the show!”
McClendon works at Oak Street Manufacturing here in Monticello. She said, “Oak Street was absolutely wonderful!” McClendon said everyone at her work knows of her love for DeGeneres, so they were excited for her to go a second time.
“I was still on cloud nine from the first time,” she said.
When the show contacted her, she was at work. McClendon said she ran into her boss’ office, Cindy Bagge, “and we both started jumping up and down with excitement. Cindy was the first person I told.”
With the call coming in at 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, The Ellen Show told McClendon they would fly her out on Wednesday, May 16, for the taping on May 17. The show then aired on Monday, May 21. The show made all of McClendon’s arrangements: hotel, airfare and transportation via a limousine.
The game McClendon took part in this time was called “Spin Sorry.” Basically, the participants make their way across two spinning wheels to get their pawn from one side of the apparatus to the next.
“They gave me no details on what I was going there for,” said McClendon of the call to be on the show. “I had absolutely no idea. I didn’t know if I was just going to be in the audience since the first show I went to, I didn’t get to watch the rest of the show.” Her first appearance, McClendon spent the rest of the show cleaning off from her makeup mess that she missed country music stars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.
With two girls competing in “Spin Sorry,” McClendon came in second time wise; however, both left with 32-inch Samsung TVs!
“They shipped mine back to Iowa so I wouldn’t have to haul it around the airport,” said McClendon.
Of participating in the game, McClendon admitted she’s “a klutz,” but it was the opportunity that made it all worth it.
With her previous Ellen appearance, the clip on YouTube now has over 366,000 views. Her most recent appearance is already at 126,000-plus.
After the game, McClendon was able to sit in the audience this time and catch the remainder of the show, with guest Howie Mandel.
“This was just an amazing opportunity!” offered McClendon. “Going to the show twice has been more than I ever dreamed of. I’m so thankful!”
To catch McClendon on “Spin Sorry,” visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0XDTxosC9M.
PHOTOS: Top: Danyelle McClendon is seen face down trying to make her way across the obstacle course game “Spin Sorry” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. The idea was to move playing pieces from one side to the other. Bottom: This was McaClendon’s second appearance on The Ellen Show since April. This time, she won a 32-inch Samsung TV after a grueling round of “Spin Sorry.” (Photos from The Ellen DeGeneres Show)