This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||Cedar Park, TX|
POSTED on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
The entire journey to Wheel of Fortune had been such an exciting, wonderful experience. I decided to enjoy the trip to L.A. and this opportunity of a lifetime. Money comes and goes, but getting a chance to live out my dream was priceless. The morning of the show arrived quickly. My sister, Carrie, dropped me off at Sony Studios early in the morning, and I was escorted inside by a lovely member of the Wheel of Fortune team.
All morning long, six show's worth of contestants and I enjoyed each other's company in a comfortable staging room. We had our makeup done by wonderful professionals to make us High Definition ready. Members of the staff would tell us handy tips to help us during the show. We drew numbers to see what show we would be on and who our fellow contestants would be. We were able to tour the stage and take practice spins on the wheel. The staff guided us on the proper ways to spin the wheelgrab as far right as possible, keep your thumb up, pull towards you then push away from you. The wheel was so much heavier than it looks on TV! We also practiced how loudly to call the letters and how fast paced the show actually runs. For anybody who becomes a contestant, I would warn you that this was the most nerve-wracking part of the day. It was hard not to get psyched out!
Since I drew show #2, I was able to sit in the audience and watch the first episode. It was nice to be able to get a feel for the pace of the show. The first episode flew by! Now it was my turn. I was taken backstage to touch up my makeup and put on a microphone. Then, we took our pre-determined positions at the wheel, Pat and Vanna walked out and I thought, "Here we go!"
The Toss-Ups were very quick. I caught an early break when my fellow contestant answered the second toss-up incorrectly. Okay, one answer under my belt. Now I can relax. Between rounds, the awesome WOF staff touched up our make-up and brought us water. Since I had solved the second toss-up, I was able to start the first puzzle. Somehow I got lucky and also finished the first puzzle while also getting a car tag. Wow, this was already more than I expected! The rest of the show could now go on, and I would be happy with it no matter what.
The second puzzle came and went, and my fellow contestant Michael solved it. Good for him, I thought. I was really happy to watch him win it. Next, we heard, "Ding, ding!" Here comes the prize puzzle. Now the show is more than halfway over and it has flown by. My recollection starts to get a little blurry around this time. All I can remember is spinning the wheel, picking up not only one, but two more car tags! So, I'm holding three cars but I still don't know the answer to this prize puzzle. Oh come on, Elle! You can do it! Then, I miraculously land on the million dollar wedge! Please solve this puppy already. Finally, I figure out the puzzle before the wheel could turn on me, no pun intended! Pat comes over to me and says I'm the first person to ever pick up all three cars! My husband and I have shared a car for the last five years, so you can imagine what winning this Kia Soul meant to me! I was so excited I had forgotten that it was a prize puzzle. Then Pat says that magic word, HAWAII! What?! Is this really happening?
The next Toss-Up and puzzle flew by. I'm not sure if I was standing on a platform or a cloud! Somehow $35,500 later, I'm standing behind the bonus wheel introducing my husband who is holding the million dollar wedge, my sister and my mother. Oh yeah, I can't believe I forgot about the million dollar wedge! Can you see how all of these things were happening so fast? I spin the bonus wheel and make my way over to my mark. The puzzle shows up and I think, "Oh no, not a short one!" I was lucky enough to call the right vowel, but it was a tough one. I kept thinking "Make A Cow," but I knew that didn't make sense. What could it be? Time's up! Oh"Make A Vow." That makes sense.
Luckily, I did not have the million dollar envelope. Whew! I had chosen the $35,000 envelope, but who cares. I had already won $35,500 in cash and prizes. This was an unbelievable day! I think I need to watch it over and over again until I actually believe it really happened.
I also have to mention that since I was on the NBA episode, I happened to meet DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers back stage! Can you believe Chris Paul's mom said to me, "Tell me when your episode will air so I can tell people that I met you." What?! I think you have this backwards, Mrs. Paul. I was able to meet you and your talented son! What a crazy day.
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