What is Deal or No Deal?

Deal or No Deal Auditions

deal-or-no-deal-auditionsPlease Note: Deal or No Deal has been canceled in both prime time and daytime. This article is to be used for reference purposes only. There remains the possibility that the game could return for an event or special short-run series, and if that happens, we’ll keep you updated in the Game Shows Blog and the casting calls page.

If you want to play Deal or No Deal, you’re certainly not alone. The show is consistently inundated with applications and queries from potential contestants. With a chance to win a million dollars using only intuition and luck, contestants usually walk away with a hefty prize after making deal with the banker. If you’d like to play Deal or No Deal, here’s what you need to know to be a contestant.

The Deal or No Deal Application

The application form can be found at the NBC.com Casting page. The form requires Adobe Reader, which you can download for free. Print out the form and pay close attention to all instructions.

It’s a fun application to fill out, with the standard questions plus a few that are somewhat surprising. You’ll be asked to draw a self-portrait, and compose a short poem or rap! Be creative with this, as they’re looking for enthusiastic contestants who aren’t afraid to express themselves.

Requirements to Play ‘Deal or No Deal’

As all game shows do, Deal or No Deal has some eligibility requirements for potential contestants to meet. These include:

    • Deal or No Deal contestants must be 18 years of age or older, and a legal resident of the United States.
    • You must not be a candidate for public office, nor become a candidate for one year after the episode you appear on has aired.
    • You, your immediate family, or anyone living in your household must not have been employed in the past two years by NBC, or any of the companies associated with the show.
  • Contestants and designated supporters must be available for one full day in order to film the show.

This is an overview of the requirements to play Deal or No Deal – please see the actual application form for a more comprehensive list and explanation.
What You Need to Send

Your complete application package for Deal or No Deal must include:

  • Completed application form
  • A 5-minute videotape of you and your supporters
  • A list of your supporters, included in the application form
  • A signed and dated Name and Likeness Release and Transfer of Rights form
  • A photocopy of your driver’s license
  • Two clear, recent photos of yourself and each supporter, preferably one head shot and one full body shot for each, labeled with each person’s name and phone number on the back


The Video

Along with the application form and all of the other things you need to sign and send in, a 5-minute video tape must be included in your application package. The video has to include you, as well as the supporters you listed on your application. The guidelines state that you should start with your name and home state, and then explain what you would do with a million dollars if you won it.

Also from the guidelines:

Be creative, show us your personality – tell us what makes you unique. There is no “right” or “wrong” thing to say on your tape, we just want to get to know you.

The video must be recorded on (or transferred to) a VHS tape, and clearly labeled with your name, address, and phone number.