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Contestant's Row is the area at the foot of the stage where four contestants stand at and bidding on prizes or "Items up for Bids" in what's called the One Bid game.

When the show started out as a half-hour show, all four podiums were orange and the contestants' bids were in eggcrate displays, with a Goodson-Todman asterisk on the left (similar to the star on the left on the original version) to indicate the winning bid (both the bid and the asterisk would flash upon the ARP reveal). But starting in 1975 prior to becoming an hour-long show, the podiums appear in different colors and in this order: red, green, orange and blue; plus, the bids were/are now in SportsType display. The colors of the second and fourth podiums switched in 1981. Since January 31, 2003, the color of the third podium changed from orange to yellow (this change carried over to the Million Dollar Spectacular and has stayed there ever since.) and the frame borders from the display are marbled silver and the interior border becomes lined with black. From October 15, 2007 until September 18, 2009, the colors all became a brighter screen from a previous normal screen and the frame borders were changed to silver. Since September 21, 2009, Contestant's Row is made up of LCD monitors, but the familiar SportsType display remains; plus, the screens can now hold five digits (prior to this, the screens held four) and also the brighter colors were changed back to its normal colors. From seasons 40 to 44, the frame borders around the displays were removed. Starting Season 45, the frame borders around the displays were brought back but have green LED borders with silver rims. On occasion from Seasons 38 to 41, the bid sometimes flashes slowly, and sometimes the bid flashes faster upon the ARP reveal. From Seasons 42 to 43, the bid flashes faster, and since Season 44, the bid flashes slower upon the ARP reveal. On occasion during certain specials since Season 38 (such as Military Specials), the Contestants' Row displays have specific symbols, backgrounds or animated graphics on them. When the contestants bid, this symbol, background or animated graphic would be removed until the bid is placed in from the display by making some various slide transitions and effects revealing the normal colors most times, and sometimes the backgrounds such as sandy beach, and dollar bills. On occasion (such as The Amazing Race Special) to accommodate the four teams of three or four adults each occupying it, the Contestants' Row is extended, with an orange Goodson-Todman asterisk between each pair of displays.

The chairs that the remaining One Bid contestants sit in are normal seats, with covers that distinguish them from the other normal seats.

On July 4, 2014, people in the audience were asked not to wear their name tags, but their names are on Contestant's Row and Showcase displays.


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