If Goertz wins it will culminate a long period of yearning for the honor.
"She said, 'I could beat those people,'" her husband, KCCI-TV meteorologist Kurtis Gertz, said of his wife's many hours of watching the show before becoming a contestant.
Finally, her mother told her, "Tana, you need to go on that," a move Gertz fully supported.
"I asked my husband if he minded ... and he said, 'Absolutely not,'" Tana told the Des Moines Register. "We have a live-and-let-live relationship, and he said, 'If it's something you want, go for it.'"