A Westerville family will appear on national television next week when a group of sisters and their husbands compete on the nationally televised game show Family Feud.

A Westerville family will appear on national television next week when a group of sisters and their husbands compete on the nationally televised game show Family Feud.

Hosted by comedian Steve Harvey, Family Feud airs on the CW in central Ohio and on various stations throughout the country.

While they weren't superfans of the show, when the three Taylor sisters (their maiden name) heard about local auditions, they knew they had to try out with their husbands.

So Jill and Joe Anstine, Julie and Ross Lykins and J-D and Jodi Charlton auditioned in Columbus along with thousands of other families.

The couples didn't have the Family Feud background that some competitors did, but they knew their personalities -- which they described as somewhere between "the blonde Kardashians" and the "real housewives of Westerville" -- would be enough to catch the eye of producers.

"Our family is known for being very interesting," Julie said with a laugh. "I was like, 'What the heck? Why not?' "

The first audition day was more waiting than feuding. Families battled each other in a mock show setup, and the Taylors had to watch as nearly every other family went before them. When it was finally their turn, they were simply hoping to be energetic enough to entertain.

"We were just having fun and hoping for the best," Jill said.

After finishing -- and winning -- their feud, they were passed a card by a producer that let them know they made it to the next round. After winning again, they were in the final round and would fly to Atlanta for a taping and a chance to be on TV.

The taping process was no easier than the audition. Producers flew 10 families to the show's studios and only six would be chosen for a TV spot.

By this point, producers had chosen the five family members who would compete. Jodi, the least enthusiastic but most frequent Feud-watcher, was left to be "team manager," a role she said "worked out well."

The others spent 12 hours on edge on a February day waiting for their chance. Families are quarantined behind closed doors and have no option but to try to stay excited.

"You're on lockdown in there," J-D said. "They take your cellphones and feed you Subway all day."

Nearly 12 hours after their 7 a.m. arrival, they got their chance. Producers ran in and told them they only had a few moments to prepare. By the time they walked onto the set, they were revitalized.

"It's really bright and the crowd is crazy," Joe said. "It's not that hard to get pumped up."

Filming was more intense than they expected. For a 30-minute episode, filming took more than an hour and a half. Short biographies that seem like seconds on TV required more than five minutes apiece to get enough content for producers.

Those personal moments were the hardest part.

"Answering questions was fine," Ross said. "It's when they put you on the spot about yourself that it gets hard."

Fortunately, the Taylors said, Harvey was masterful at keeping them smiling.

Joe said the host was "way more personable" than he expected and "a really nice guy." As expected, he dished out some good-natured ribbing.

"He'd make fun of you, but in a funny way," Julie said. "Nobody ran off crying."

Through the whole process, the Taylors were expected to be enthusiastic and entertaining. While they had planned to party afterward, they were drained.

They can't reveal whether they won because of contractual obligations, but family members said the show was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They hope to be invited back for future tournaments that feature returning contestants.

In the meantime, they have stories about Harvey, the "bananas" family they went up against and a fight with producers to share with their friends.

The Taylors will see the episode for the first time with everyone else on Thursday, Jan. 28. They expect more than 75 friends and family members to gather at the Lakes Golf and Country Club for a viewing party, and can't wait to tell more of their stories when the winner is revealed.