Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ally A.

    Show Air Date: Jun 29 2016

    I come by my love for Wheel of Fortune rightfully. When I was about eight years old, my parents bought the game for Nintendo 64. I am an extremely competitive person, and out of necessity I learned to play the game to compete with my mom who, make no mistake about it, never just let us win. Fast forward to today, when we will compete together, often over the phone, just to see who can solve each puzzle first while watching live. I drive all my friends crazy because when we watch together I...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Liz B.

    Show Air Date: Jun 23 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...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Susi L.

    Show Air Date: Jun 16 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: Chris C

    Show Air Date: Jun 07 2016

    Have you ever been in a meeting in which someone suggests that the group start with an "ice breaker" question, such as "Tell the group something interesting about you?"  I never liked that question.  I grew up as a normal kid in rural Wisconsin, I played college football at a D2 school in northern Minnesota, I have been blessed with a beautiful wife and three awesome sons, and I work as a business sales executive for a general insurance agency.  It's a great life but nothing...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Asia R

    Show Air Date: Jun 03 2016

    What is your Wheel Story?

    Growing up I used to watch Wheel of Fortune regularly at home. I was a Spelling Bee prodigy and always found myself solving the puzzles quickly, sometimes with only two letters showing. As I got older, I would watch Wheel with my best friend and her son and they would always get annoyed when I solved the puzzles out loud with only a few letters showing while they were still stumped. They used to ask me to play along in my head, so I wouldn’t...

  • 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.



    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.



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