Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Tina A

    Show Air Date: Oct 18 2016

    My Wheel experience from start to finish…


    My daughter was a huge influence in getting me to apply to be on the show.  It was her persistent night after night, “Come on mom, just send in a video.”  “You just have to try!”  “OK, OK,” I said…let’s send in a video.  Due to so much laughter, it took about 30 attempts.  But, finally we uploaded the contestant application.  Then about a week...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Erik K

    Show Air Date: Oct 11 2016

    I grew up on Wheel of Fortune.  I learned the alphabet and how to do addition thanks to a wonderful television program.  When I was six years old, I convinced my Dad and my Opa carve out a piece of cardboard into a circle and I broke out my crayons and markers to make a replica wheel to spin on my door.   Before “Woman Crush Wednesday” would be a trending topic, Vanna was my first Woman Crush Everyday!  As for Pat, wishful thinking I could be him and be...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ed A.

    Show Air Date: Oct 06 2016

    What is your Wheel story?

    My “Wheel Story” began when I was a little boy. I would watch the show with my entire family. We would keep score as to who guessed more puzzles. This was back before Pat and Vanna were the hosts and you had to use the money you won to buy prizes in the studio.

    I have watched it ever since, for over 30 years. Now I use my DVR to record the episodes so I never miss one. My friends and family get mad at me when we watch together...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jerry & Teri G

    Show Air Date: Sep 29 2016

    How did you come to be a contestant on Wheel?

    I've always wanted to be a contestant on Wheel!  I sent in a video about a year ago, and about 6 months later I received an email inviting me to an audition in my hometown.  The email also said that I could bring my spouse along for the audition, since they were looking for contestants for Grandparents' Week, so I talked my husband, Jerry, into going with me.  He was a nervous wreck, and was convinced afterwards that...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Patricia M

    Show Air Date: Sep 21 2016


    A Dream Realized!

    In 2011 the Wheelmobile visited Morongo Casino near the community where I reside and my husband encouraged me to attend, however my name was not called that night.  Fast forward four or five years later, my husband and I were going through our regular routine of watching the show.  The only difference this particular evening was that my husband went and...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jade G

    Show Air Date: Sep 14 2016

    How did you come to be a contestant on Wheel?

    I watched Wheel with my mother and grandmother and always knew I wanted to be a contestant. One day, my co-worker, who is also a close friend and godmother to my children, told me that we should apply and submit a video together. As part of our video we made large banners for our classrooms and included our students chanting “Pick Our...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jen G.

    Show Air Date: Sep 05 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: Sep 01 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...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Melanie B.

    Show Air Date: Aug 24 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: Keith C.

    Show Air Date: Aug 15 2016

    A lot of people have asked how we wound up on Wheel of Fortune.  I think it was a combination of sheer luck and my cute wife.  For months I told Angi that she should send an audition video to Wheel of Fortune because she has always been so good at solving the puzzles (almost always before the contestants on the show and WAY before me…).  But, we lead busy lives, and the video was never made.  But then, we heard that the Wheelmobile was coming to nearby Decatur,...