This Week's Contestant
Kerry M. & Paula E.
|Theme:||Best Friends Week NYC|
|Hometown:||Harlem, NY & Brooklyn, NY|
POSTED on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
We arrived at Madison Square Garden at 8:30am on our Wheel of Fortune taping day. Prior to that day, we had been studying WOF episodes and read the contestant packet thoroughly, so we felt like we were ready! At MSG, It was good to see some of the best friends pairs that we had met during our auditions. We were all dressed in our bright, TV ready colors, and ready to play!
We were escorted to the green room where we were provided with breakfast while the Wheel of Fortune contestant coordinators walked us through the logistics of the day, including reviewing the contestant agreement, reminding us how to enunciate when calling letters and letting us know what teams would be on which shows together. We found out we were going to play in the second game of the day and really started to get excited!!! We each got our makeup done by the fantastic WOF make-up artists.
Then it was time to go down to the set to see the Wheel! The set was beautifully done in a New York City theme. All of the contestants had the opportunity to spin the wheel - it is much smaller than it looks on TV but it is HEAVY! We also had to practice calling letters on the set (if you think you're speaking loud, you're not) - you have to practically scream the letters out - clearly! During the practice time on set, it became intense because everything was a bit rushed and we were trying to remember all of the tips, but it was much better once we started playing the game.
During the game, we won the first toss up and we were so excited! It was intense trying to figure out the puzzles on the spot - nothing like how easy it is from our couches! We won another puzzle and a prize puzzle too! It was great - we won a trip for four to Hawaii and prize money. We got to go to the bonus round, and although we didn't win the final prize, we enjoyed every minute of the experience. Pat, Vanna and the Wheel of Fortune contestant coordinators and crew were all GREAT. This is an experience that we will cherish always!! We are "Wheel Watchers" for life!