Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Joe P

    Show Air Date: Apr 07 2014

    April 4, 2014

    I’ve been a fan of the show since I was a toddler. I would watch with my parents, sitting in front of the T.V. and be fascinated with this spinning wheel in front of me. I remember calling the show “Wheelies” when I first started watching since I couldn’t say “Wheel of Fortune” all the way at the time.


    I remained a fan of the show, and always wanted to have the chance to be on it and spin the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ryan F

    Show Air Date: Apr 03 2014

    April 03, 2014

    I was browsing the internet in my apartment one night when my Wheel of Fortune experience unknowingly commenced. I came across a news story on a recent contestant named Autumn who had just won $1,000,000 playing Wheel. How cool is that?! It was then I decided I needed to try to get on the show. After a few minutes of internet research I found out that there was an upcoming Wheelmobile event in Terre Haute, IN – about a 5 hour drive from Madison....

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Breana C. & Bethany L.

    Show Air Date: Mar 27 2014

    March 27, 2014


    My name is Bethany L.  and I have always wanted to be on Wheel of Fortune. I applied online multiple times. I received an email that I could try out with a friend and chose to bring my best friend Breana C. When we found out we would be on the show we immediately searched and booked a flight and decided how many days we could stay.

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Claribelle P.

    Show Air Date: Mar 21 2014

    March 17, 2014
    Growing up watching Wheel of Fortune with my family was tons of fun, especially when I solved the puzzles first!  I figured I had nothing to lose if I tried out to be a contestant on the show and what a dream come true it would be if I did make it. I knew Wheel of Fortune would be the best game show for me because of my love for word games; I know that once you make it to the show you don’t necessarily have to be the big winner to walk away...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Rosann & Liz V.

    Show Air Date: Mar 11 2014

    March 11 2014 

    Here's what I can tell you about being a Wheel of Fortune contestant:

    1. The wheel really is as heavy as it looks- maybe heavier.

    2. Pat and Vanna are as nice as I always thought they seemed.

    3. It's hard to see the other contestants as your competition when you've spent an entire day joking around with them at the studio.

    4. I honestly couldn't tell you everything that happened when I taped my episode. It is a complete...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jim R.

    Show Air Date: Mar 04 2014

    March 4, 2014

    I have been a Wheel of Fortune fan all the way back to the original version hosted by Chuck Woolery.  My family and I were living in Southern California when Pat and Vanna became the host and hostess ... and I remember watching Pat do the weather on a local news broadcast before he moved to Wheel.


    We moved to Marin County, north of San Francisco, in 1985.  One day in the late 80's or early 90's, I was coming down the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Allyson G

    Show Air Date: Feb 24 2014

    February 24, 2014

    Since I was a little girl, my parents and I tuned in and played along to see who could solve the puzzles the quickest. More recently, we played Wheel of Fortune on the PlayStation 3. One time, a PlayStation Network user messaged that I must be cheating because I answered the puzzles too quickly. I did well with puzzles but never imagined I could actually end up on the show. After applying online for 6 years with no success, I had my chance when the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Marybeth S

    Show Air Date: Feb 17 2014

    February 17, 2014


    I began watching Wheel of Fortune when I was growing up in New Jersey. We had a parting of ways for a few years in my twenties, but the birth of my daughter brought the show back into my life. She was a colicky baby (I’m being generous) and one of the only things that seemed to calm her down was Wheel of Fortune. Maybe it was the lights, the spinning wheel, or the dinging of the letters. Whatever it was, we made sure for the sake...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Lori and John D

    Show Air Date: Feb 11 2014

    February 10, 2014


    It all started back when I was a little boy.  I would watch Wheel of Fortune with my grandma and solve the puzzles before she would.  She was sure that we were watching re-runs and that I had seen the shows before.  I continued watching for many years, and after Lori and I got married we both would watch, eventually with our first son watching too.  It was just after the birth of our second son that Lori...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Mark and Stephanie Z

    Show Air Date: Feb 06 2014


    February 6, 2014


    How can we get on Wheel of Fortune? We would make this comment quite often when watching the show. Our family watches it every night together or we record it and watch it when we are all ready. Then one day we saw an announcement on our local channel that the Wheelmobile is coming to Charlotte, NC. Could someone from Waxhaw, NC actually get on the show??? We marked it on our calendar. As time got closer we realized our...