Gilroy native wins $10,000 on CBS game show

Dylan Taylor, dressed in a boombox while sporting an oversized garlic bulb on his head, had just 20 seconds to key in the correct numbers on three locks taller than him.

As time ticked away, Taylor had two of the three numbers correct. He was then given a choice: be paid $2,000 to walk away, or try to guess the last digit in just 15 seconds.

Taylor immediately shook her head upon hearing the first option, but quickly and confidently nodded affirmatively when presented with the second choice.

“I just need a number,” he said. “That’s all I need.”

In game shows, quick thinking and clever strategies are essential for success. And Taylor had them all.

Taylor, a Gilroy native, won $10,000 on the CBS game show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” which aired April 4. Hosted by Wayne Brady, “Let’s Make a Deal” pits contestants against a series of mini-games with various prizes up for grabs.

When Brady called out Taylor onstage, he explained why Taylor had an “onion” on her head. Taylor was quick to correct it.

“It’s a clove of garlic, because I’m from Garlic Capital, Gilroy, CA,” he told Brady.

Taylor told the Gilroy Dispatch he thought it was funny. Brady called his onion hat.

“I was happy to wear my Garlic Festival hat and represent my hometown of Gilroy,” said Taylor, who attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Christopher High School.

Taylor said it was his first time appearing on a game show and said he was encouraged to apply after seeing one of his friends on “Let’s Make a Deal”. Taylor said his energy and enthusiasm during an interview with the show’s producers helped him get cast.

“It was an exciting experience,” he said. “It was really cool to see behind the scenes what it takes to produce a TV show, like seeing the cameras and the film crew. Meeting host Wayne Brady was a highlight.

And why did he disguise himself as a boombox?

“I wanted a fun costume, something different, and I love the music,” Taylor said. “The boombox lights up so I thought I’d be noticed to be selected as a candidate.”