This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||Briarcliff Manor, NY|
POSTED on Monday, March 25th, 2013
I have always been a major fan of Wheel of Fortune - ever since I was a kid. The puzzles, the prizes, Vanna's dresses and - of course - Pat's rapier wit! And (admittedly) I DVR it so I can watch and play along with my husband Jerry, as we're never home from work when it airs live. So after countless times of Jerry telling me how I should be on the show, he decides to take action and submit me. Imagine my surprise when I come home from my sister's house to find an email inviting me to an audition in Brooklyn on December 6th! After initially thinking it was a joke, I called the number to confirm my spot and (since I only had 2 weeks) immediately started making plans to take off work and sharpening my puzzle solving skills!
The next thing I know it was the morning of the audition and I was EXCITED! My husband came with me and after a good breakfast and some coffee we were on our way to the Brooklyn Sheraton. Not knowing what to expect, my nerves were starting to kick in, but once we started playing the game on the big screen I was having too much fun to even notice! I shot my hand up to answer a question about what the "Before and After" puzzle was and won myself a WoF lunch bag, and then when it was my turn to play, I solved my puzzle and won a super-cool T-Shirt that says "SPIN THIS!" TWO prizes thus far - I mean, could this day get any better? At this point I didn't even care if I ended up making it or not because I was having such a blast that the experience alone was worth the day.
I continued to nerd out, chatting with the other potential contestants, getting so into it, smiling and clapping so much my cheeks and hands hurt.- Then after everyone got a chance to stand up and play their turn, and we took the written test, they announced that they were leaving to grade the tests and they'll return in 15 minutes. Some people got up to walk around and go to the bathroom, etc. but not me - I was NOT leaving and risking missing a thing! Once the producers returned they announced that they will be calling a list of 10 names and if your name was called to please stay in your seat, and everyone else were free to go. I had the most positive feeling at that moment and just knew I was getting called-and then there it was "Robyn O." I couldn't believe I made it to the finals!! After the producers had us play a little more and attempt our "about me" speeches (which I have been perfecting and editing in my head since I was a kid!) we were informed that if we were chosen, we'd get a letter by the end of December. Three weeks I had to wait to find out if I will realize a dream of being a Wheel of Fortune contestant - how will I stand the suspense?? Each evening I rushed home to check the mail, and after many days of nothing, a few days before Christmas - there it was.
An envelope with the unmistakable logo in the upper left hand corner. I had made it into the contestant pool!!! But I wasn't getting overly enthused just yet, as there was tons of information saying that it could be 18 months before I was called, and it was possible that I wouldn't get called at all. So I excitedly only told a few people, as I didn't want to jinx it, and I prepared myself to wait until at least October to get the call. I was absolutely shocked not even 2 WEEKS LATER I got an email from one of the producers congratulating me as I would be attending the show 2 weeks after that on January 24th! I was at work and LITERALLY nearly fell right off my chair - I was in complete disbelief that this was actually happening! Minutes later the producer who had sent me the email called me and said "Hey, Robyn, how are you?" To which I replied "I Just got your email - how do you THINK I'm doing???" After discussing details and hanging up the phone I immediately called my husband, my sister, and everyone else I had told and shared this insane news. Coincidentally not an hour before getting the call I had posted on Facebook asking for recommendations for a ski resort in Vermont, as my husband and I wanted to take a trip, so I had to follow that up with "Well scratch that - we'll now be going to California!"
Once it finally settled in that this was ACTUALLY happening, I had work to do! Every spare moment I had I was watching DVR'd episodes of the show, playing the Wii game and of course the iPhone version. I had to be in tip top shape! Then I had to get my hair done and buy a new outfit - it's not every day that you go on national television! A girl's gotta look her best! And after two weeks of intense excitement and anticipation, it was time to board the plane to LA-
Watch me spin on Thursday, March 28th!