Brandy Justice, 35, said her aunt, Monique Lester, 45, would be the person to "make it spicy." And Lester said her niece would be the animal lover, likening her to Elly May Clampett from "The Beverly Hillbillies."
As they waited for their turns with the producer, Lester and Justice agreed that if anyone would be on the show, it would be 34-year-old Amber Bishop, Justice's cousin and Lester's niece.
Bishop stepped off the elevator after finishing her audition and announced to her family that the producer asked if her hair was real.
In retelling the story, she swung around to show off brown, wavy hair that stretched halfway down her back. The top section of her hair, which was swept up into a clip, was bleached bright blond.
Bishop, who said she's a natural redhead, let the producer touch her hair to prove it wasn't fake.
That seemed to be one of the stranger inquiries participants received. Several people who'd completed their casting calls said they were asked basic biographical questions and why they wanted to be on television.
Jamie Dunbar, 33, of Charleston, said the producer wanted to know what she liked to do for fun. She told him about an improv group she performs with and recounted a time her colleague pretended to put her through a paper shredder.
Dunbar was also asked how she was related to the Hatfields, and she said she was a descendant of Devil Anse's first cousin.
That prompted a surprising response from one man in the room.
"'Yeah, I'd like to introduce myself,'" Dunbar quoted the man as saying. "'I'm your cousin.'"
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