Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Eunice L.

    Show Air Date: Mar 17 2016

    My Wheel of Fortune journey started when I was about 8 or 9 years old. My sister and I would watch it, and I would always say "I'm going to be on this show one day!" As the years passed, it was difficult keeping up with the show on a nightly basis, but I never stopped wanting to be a contestant. 

     

    After two decades of saying "I want to be on Wheel of Fortune," I finally decided to apply when I heard that they were looking for people from New York. Luckily, I...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Molly K.

    Show Air Date: Feb 29 2016

    I’ve loved watching Wheel of Fortune for as long as I can remember.  I first visited the Wheelmobile in May of 2007.  I couldn’t believe it when I got an email in June 2015 asking me to come audition for the show.  To be honest, I thought it was a joke, but I decided joke or not I was going to go and try out.  I was lucky enough to have a co-worker who had gone through the audition process and be on the show, so I had a leg up on what to expect.  The...