Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Justyna K

    Show Air Date: May 15 2017

    My obsession with Wheel of Fortune began as a little girl. When my mom first came to the United States from Poland, she loved watching the show because she could practice her English while marveling at Vanna’s beautiful looks. When she found out Pat Sajak had Polish roots and was from Chicago (near Brighton Park, where she and my dad settled once they got married) she became an even bigger fan. She passed along her love of reading, crossword puzzles, and Wheel to me, and...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Carrie T

    Show Air Date: May 09 2017

    Like many contestants, my earliest memories of Wheel of Fortune are watching with my Grandmother. In those days, contestants would spend their earnings in the show’s store. It seemed like everyone went home with the ceramic Dalmatian statue. While a lot of details have changed, my love of the show hasn’t. If anything, it has grown, as I now watch daily with my toddler.

     When we found out the Wheelmobile was coming to Faneuil Hall in Boston, my husband said,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jeannine R

    Show Air Date: May 11 2017

    It was a damp and misty Friday in October 2016 in Northeast Ohio. The Wheelmobile had been advertised in the weeks leading up to this day as coming to the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park, and I toyed with the idea of going during that time to audition. When the day finally came my husband said he wanted me to have a chance of getting on the show and drove me up there. If it hadn’t have been for him, I wouldn’t have gone, but boy am I glad we did! We stood in line for about...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Karline S

    Show Air Date: Apr 27 2017

    I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since I was in elementary school. I have always loved crossword puzzles and any kind of word game, so naturally Wheel of Fortune became my favorite game show to watch. I used to play along trying to solve the puzzles with contestants and saw that I was good at it, even the ones contestants had difficulty solving. I felt so confident in my puzzle-solving skills that I used to tell my friends that I would go on the show someday. When I heard that the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Lauren W

    Show Air Date: Apr 19 2017

    I have watched Wheel since I was a kid with grandmother as I brushed her hair (she had ALS). I even played the old video game. I really love this show. It kind of became a joke that it was on my bucket-list and a life goal to be on the show because I never thought I would actually do it. When the Wheelmobile came to my area I knew I had to go and see it in person, I didn't even think of the possibility of auditioning for the show. My husband is the one who convinced me to audition and I am...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Amanda R

    Show Air Date: Apr 14 2017

     I had recently moved to California and my mom was heading in town to visit from Albuquerque, NM. She and I were adamant about making it on to the show to as audience members so when I received an email that I had been selected to audition I bout lost it. I was so excited and nervous because this is a show that I had grown up watching from a very young age. Leading up to the auditions I was super nervous and played at home day in and day out with my two daughters, Saniyah and Serenity....

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Julie & Robert S

    Show Air Date: Apr 03 2017

    I’ve watched Wheel of Fortune since back in the day when you actually went shopping for prizes right on the show with the money you won.  So when the Wheelmobile started coming to New Mexico, I made sure I was there.  My husband’s name got called to go up on stage.  I was a bit bummed out, but happy that one of us got called.  Unfortunately, a couple of months later, my husband failed to open the email they sent him to come for an audition.  I took...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Nic P

    Show Air Date: Mar 28 2017

    My Wheel story really begins with my wife, who was a contestant on the show a few years ago.  She had an amazing experience and was the big winner. I was her biggest fan.  She told me that I should audition the next time the Wheelmobile was in our area.  About a year ago, I got my chance when the Wheelmobile rolled into town.  Seeing that mock stage setup and feeling the music and the energy of the crowd gave me a great preview of what it would be like on...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Joanna D

    Show Air Date: Mar 20 2017

    What is your Wheel story and what made you apply to be on Wheel?

    I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since I was very little.  When I would visit or be babysat by either sets of my grandparents growing up, we would make sure to watch. Now that I have two little boys, we use Wheel of Fortune as a way for the boys to learn their letters.  It’s fun for the adults and educational for the boys!

    As we watched at our house, my...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Derek A

    Show Air Date: Mar 15 2017

    Being on Wheel of Fortune was an incredible experience. I originally had seen on the news about the Wheelmobile event near me, so I thought why not check it out. Now, I never thought my name would be called, so you could imagine my surprise when it was. I let them know that I was a comedian, and even told a joke, which thankfully got a huge laugh. I went to a second audition, which was when I did something really dumb. It was at our local casino, a route that I’ve driven many times,...