Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jessica S.

    Show Air Date: Sep 18 2015

    For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have been playing Wheel of Fortune at home to find the better puzzle solver in the family (it’s me). I had applied to be a contestant numerous times, but never got the call. When the Wheelmobile came to a town nearby, my dad and I hit the road to audition early that morning. I couldn’t believe it when, after the final audition, I received the email saying, “See you in LA in two weeks!

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Michelle A.

    Show Air Date: Sep 10 2015

    FATE:  The development of events beyond a person’s control.  My Wheel of Fortune journey had many twists and turns of fate.  It truly began back when I was a little girl.  I loved to spell, I loved words.  I remember driving in my parents’ station wagon and passing billboard signs, then trying to spell each and every word I’d just seen.  It was great practice for spelling.  I competed in spelling bees and loved it when my teachers would...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Susie K.

    Show Air Date: Sep 02 2015

    Wheel of Fortune experience:


    I was raised in a household where game shows were always on TV and Wheel of Fortune was front and center. I remember watching and wondering how fun it would be to be a contestant. Fast forward 30 years, while watching an episode of Wheel of Fortune a commercial came on saying that the Wheelmobile was coming to the area. I knew this was my opportunity to make my dream a reality. So my family and I loaded up and headed over to the Wheelmobile...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Steven D.

    Show Air Date: Aug 27 2015

    My earliest television memory is watching "Wheel of Fortune."  I'm secure enough to exclude the clause, "with my grandparents," and admit I made them watch with me.  Being a contestant on the show has always been my No. #1 most unlikely goal, but I never had the confidence to audition.  I’m just a normal guy and don’t have footage of myself doing back-flips or wrestling alligators over a bed of hot coals.  I believed this would put me at a competitive casting...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Brandon K.

    Show Air Date: Aug 21 2015

    I have wanted to be a contestant on Wheel for a long time. Watching the show is a family event that happens every night.  We use the show as an incentive for our kids to get their homework and chores done!  We actually DVR the show so it is the last thing we do as a family before we put the kids to bed.


    My journey from fan to contestant began at a Wheelmobile event at Grand Casino in Minnesota. I went with my good friend Jerad and my Grandparents. We made a...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Meredith B.

    Show Air Date: Aug 11 2015

    I love to think back on watching Wheel with my grandmother, Nanny, when I was young. She and my Granddaddy Bill had a huge garden, and we'd often spend summer evenings shelling butter beans, snap peas and shucking corn, while Watching Wheel of Fortune on the little TV in the kitchen. Nanny would get so excited seeing the contestants spin the wheel and would be so thrilled for them when they'd win. That was just her personality. Growing up, she'd always cheered...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jackie D.

    Show Air Date: Aug 06 2015

    One of my earliest and best memories is visiting my great grandparents and watching Wheel of Fortune.  We enjoyed playing Wheel together from home and venturing guesses at the puzzles with only one or two letters showing.  From the time I learned to read, I have loved puzzles, word games and game shows.  When I heard that the Wheelmobile was coming to a nearby town in search of contestants, I knew that I wanted to try out to be a contestant. 



  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jane G. and Sonya A

    Show Air Date: Jul 31 2015

    Jane and I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since we were kids, and it was on our bucket list to be contestants, but we never did try. 


    Jane’s daughter Jessica called us one day and wanted to meet up with us. When she got there, she had a big smile on her face and said, "I'm entering you both for Best Friends Week on Wheel of Fortune!"  We were excited and hopeful when Jessica videotaped us on her phone.  She said she had to make a YouTube...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Camille H.

    Show Air Date: Jul 24 2015

    Like many contestants, my three sisters and I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune with my parents. My parents are both quite good at solving puzzles, so each night we would all watch intently and try to be the first to shout out the answer. Because of those memories, Wheel of Fortune has long been one of my favorite shows, and it has always been a sort of far-fetched dream of mine to one day appear on the show.

    In mid-December,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Drew S.

    Show Air Date: Jul 14 2015

    I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since its very first show 32 years ago while I was still on active duty in the military. My wife, Lisa, started watching Wheel in college when her and dorm mates would gather in the common room and watch it together. My first attempt to become a contestant on Wheel came when I was a Chief Petty Officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. I was able to contact the right people and they told me they would be doing a...