Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: LaToya W

    Show Air Date: May 25 2016

    My Wheel of Fortune tradition began when I was a little girl. Growing up, my mother and grandmother would watch Wheel of Fortune every day (and I would watch along and call out letters). If I heard my letter called, I would be so excited (because it made me feel as smart as the adults). When I became a mother, I kept the same tradition of watching Wheel of Fortune every day with my children. We would compete against each other by keeping count of who solved the most puzzles. Whoever solved...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Melanie B.

    Show Air Date: May 18 2016

    Like millions of people, I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune.  I remember watching Vanna actually turn the letters and enjoyed watching the winners shop for their prizes. (Loved that ceramic dog everyone seemed to purchase!)

    After college, I lived with my Aunt Charlene, who is like a mother to me.  We watched Wheel every night and we were both really good.  We played along, competing against each other and against the contestants on TV, trying to be the first to...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jen G.

    Show Air Date: May 09 2016

    I grew up watching Pat and Vanna on Wheel, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d become a contestant on the show. Watching the show as an adult I would think to myself, “Those people got on the show somehow, so why couldn’t it be a possibility for me?” When I heard the Wheelmobile was coming to town, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to try. It was Mother’s Day weekend and I brought my mom with me. I figured my chances were slim, but I...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Emily B.

    Show Air Date: May 03 2016

    Growing up in Iowa, we would go and visit my grandparents quite often in my mom’s hometown and I remember every night was the same routine: supper at 5 PM sharp followed by all of us cleaning up and being ready to watch Wheel of Fortune.  My grandpa always sat in his chair, my grandma in hers and we would all sit around and see which of them would know the puzzle first.  It was their favorite show and was a staple in our visits with them and something we always did...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Mike B.

    Show Air Date: Apr 28 2016

    What does it take to be a Wheel of Fortune contestant?

    Optimism, patience, timing, having fun, and good luck.

     

    Optimism

    Growing up, I watched Wheel of Fortune with my mother, and together, we solved puzzles quite quickly. We felt we would do quite well if we ever appeared on the show. It was one of those dreams we felt could achieve, and we never let go of it.

     

    Patience

    Back in 2007, when I was a student at the University of...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Susi L.

    Show Air Date: Apr 21 2016

    So… my baby sister and I hadn’t really spoken for a number of years…

    For over 40 years we were so close we finished each other’s sentences, we knew each other inside and out, paragraphs of thoughts transmitted between us with merely a fleeting glance.  But life brings changes and our relationship had morphed into not much more than obligatory hellos at obligatory family...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Sheri B.

    Show Air Date: Apr 12 2016

    I feel like I have been watching Wheel forever. I used to watch it with my grandmother, and now my grandkids watch it with me! When my children were little, we would watch Wheel after dinner, and they picked up on my enthusiasm for this game. I only recently found out that they tried to enter my name as a contestant a few years ago. But that’s not what got me on the show. My own antics at the Wheelmobile audition are what started the process for me.

    I started my Wheel...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: J.P. D.

    Show Air Date: Apr 05 2016

    What is your Wheel story?

    For as long as I can remember I’ve been playing Wheel of Fortune either with friends and family or playing against the other contestants on tv. As kids my siblings and cousins would battle it out on the Nintendo video game, in grade school I’d play classmates on the board game, and in college I’d settle bets by challenging friends to see who could solve the puzzle first. My best was SAME NAME: BASKETBALL & SUPREME COURT. Got it...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ronald T.

    Show Air Date: Apr 01 2016

    What is your Wheel Story?

    Growing up, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy was a family tradition. My grandma was a faithful watcher and eventually inspired me to start watching every day. At about 13, I started keeping score with my cousin and would compete to see who would guess puzzles first and claim the title of ‘Best Puzzle Solver”. Fast forward to my college year, I still never stopped watching Wheel and every day I would become frustrated with myself for...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Liz B.

    Show Air Date: Mar 24 2016

    What is your Wheel story?

    I grew up as the oldest child in a family of five from small-town Kansas, so needless to say, Wheel of Fortune competitions were the most riveting form of entertainment around. As a kid, I would do my best Vanna impressions, down to the clap; as a teenager, I would dominate my little sisters before dinner. After moving to Chicago to study Biology at DePaul University, I became addicted to completing the RedEye crossword puzzles while commuting to...