Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Emily B.

    Show Air Date: Aug 09 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: Jan M.

    Show Air Date: Aug 03 2016

    I don’t have a Bucket List, but I may create one just so I can cross off “appearing as a contestant on The Wheel of Fortune!” I love the show and have been a Wheel-Watching fan for over 30 years. In fact, when my son Jonathan, now 31, was not even 2 years old, I realized he knew all his letters. I had no idea! One day while standing near a bulletin board at church, he started pointing his chubby little finger and correctly calling out the letters. He was a...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: LB

    Show Air Date: Jul 25 2016

    Yes, Pat, we have always been out of synch!


    When I saw that Wheel would be auditioning in Chicago, I uploaded a video and I got the audition.  Even better, the email said I could bring my spouse to audition for a couples show.  About a year later, we got the email.  Could we be in LA in a week?  I believe my exact response was, “Hell yeah we can!”  We organized babysitting, made...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jessica N.

    Show Air Date: Jul 21 2016

    I have watched and played Wheel of Fortune for as long as I can remember, I even had the board game growing up! So I guess you could say being on Wheel has been a dream of mine forever.  My husband commented every night while watching, “you need to be on this show”, because I was a good puzzle solver on my couch.  I wanted to attend a Wheelmobile event, and being in Vermont, those don’t come up too often here.  My first opportunity came in August of 2003,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Robin C.

    Show Air Date: Jul 12 2016

    I watched Wheel with my Mom, then, I watched with my daughter and now with my grandson.  I always wanted to be on Wheel so I decided to send in a video.  I made my video on my smartphone and sent it in.  A couple of months later, I was checking my email and found an email inviting me to an audition at the Westin Hotel on October 26, 2015!!  I went to the audition and Gary, from the contestant department, was so gracious and friendly.  I told myself even if I...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Asia R

    Show Air Date: Jul 08 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: 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...