The Mint Hill Times

The Canters on the set of “Minute to Win it.” From the left: Brooke, Tori, Bailey, show host Guy Fieri, Taylor, Barry and Danielle.

A Mint Hill family will appear on the TV game show “Minute to Win It,” Sunday May 15 at 8 pm. The Canter family, mom, dad and three daughters, were flown to Los Angeles earlier this year to participate in the show. Confidentiality agreements won’t allow them to say how they did in the game show, so to find out, you’ll have to tune in Sunday.

Winning the money wasn’t the primary goal for the family, however. Barry Canter, who along with wife Danielle and daughters Tori, Taylor, Brooke and Bailey, said the trip to California alone was worth it.
“I told everyone it didn’t matter if we made any money,” Barry said. “It was a family experience of a lifetime and we just kept saying that.”
The NBC game show is hosted by Guy Fieri, who also hosts “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network. It asks families to complete several tasks using objects that one would have around the house. For example, contestants may be asked to stack five empty cans on a plastic plate floating in a large bowl of water. Or with one hand holding an upside down pizza tray, contestant rolls an egg onto it to collect four small upside-down stickers. After each successful round, the stakes get higher and so does the difficulty level. If the contestant completes all of the challenges, they could win $1 million.
It sounds simple, but in front of 500 people in the audience, lights and cameras, it can be nerve-racking.
Barry said part of his family’s strategy was to have his daughters look at him whenever they felt nervous.
“My wife and I have a great rapport with our daughters,” he said. “We are their rocks.”

Hundreds of thousands of people apply to be on “Minute to Win it.” However, the Canter family took an unusual route to getting on the game show. Several years ago, they applied to be on the game show “The Great American Road Trip,” where families take an RV across the country while at the same time completing challenges. The Canters were chosen to be on the show, but at the last minute decided to decline the offer. Six weeks of travel meant pulling the daughters out of school. Danielle was also in nursing school at the time.
Their audition video didn’t collect dust on a shelf, however. A producer from the now defunct show passed it on to a producer of “Minute to Win it.” He loved it and gave the Canters a call.
Barry was on his way to the coast for work when he got the call.
“I was like, ‘Yeah right. Who is this?’” he said. “I thought it was one of my buddies.”
The producers then called Danielle and asked if they could be in LA by the weekend.
That was on a Wednesday. By that Friday, the entire family was flying to Los Angeles to compete on the game show.
After a limo ride to the famous Redbury Hotel on Hollywood and Vine, the family took part in a “boot camp” where they were allowed to practice 25-30 games, 10 of which would be used on the broadcast. Aside from boot camp, they also took a private tour of LA area, and had a generous per diem for all their meals.
The hotel happens to be next to one of the hottest new clubs in Los Angeles, and after a night of loud music until 6 am, the Canters told the producers they couldn’t sleep and were immediately moved to the historic Roosevelt Hotel.
“They made us feel very welcome,” Barry said of the producers.

And the winner is…

Mint Hill will be featured on the show on May 15. Crews came out to Mint Hill to film around town hall, Penny’s Place Restaurant and the fire department. Combined with the experience of the family, it’s a win-win situation for the community.
However, there’s still the business of winning the money. Barry said they have been tight lipped about the results—per the contract—but was proud of the way his family performed. His daughters are active in cheerleading and gymnastics, so they have an advantage of already having good hand-eye coordination.
The Canter’s will appear on the show on a Sunday instead of the normal Wednesday slot. The change in date could mean the Canters will appear on the grand finale for the season. And recent contestants have won $125,000 and $50,000, so it’s not impossible to win big money. Barry said they are forbidden to discuss the games they played or how far they got. All he will say is he thinks people will be excited to watch.
On May 15, the Canters will have a small viewing party. Only then will we find out if the family was able to win it in one minute.