Third Place For VHS Teacher On AFV


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Danielle Mutovic's miniature poodle, Betty.
Danielle Mutovic’s miniature poodle, Betty.
Danielle Mutovic and her miniature poodle, Betty, took home third place on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” tonight.

As we told you earlier this fall, the Verona High School math teacher was chosen to be a contestant on AFV after she and her husband videotaped Betty attempting to eat the Mario character when they were updating their Wii two years ago. Her sister submitted the video to AFV, but the Mutovics heard nothing from the TV show for two years. When they finally did, they had to get on a plane to Los Angeles almost immediately.

They were up against some tough competition tonight: a wedding videographer who landed in the church baptismal font and, the ultimate first-place winner, a toddler desperately trying to get around his swimmies to eat a cookie.

Though Mutovic only got $2,000 for the third place win (first place took home $10,000 and a chance at the top $100,000 contest), she is glad she had the experience. “Even though we didn’t win the big prize, we were thrilled to get the opportunity to be a part of the show,” Mutovic said tonight. “We even got another video of Betty watching herself on TV.” (You can watch that clip by clicking on the arrow below.)

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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