This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||Laguna Niguel, CA|
POSTED on Friday, September 6th, 2013
Two days passed and it was go time. I was up bright and early and on my way to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Im pretty sure I was still dreaming at this point. I got to the studio and was escorted into the contestants room to begin the day. There were 18 of us sitting there full of anxiousness and excitement. The contestant coordinators reviewed all the rules and gave us pointers. At this point, my nerves had calmed down slightly when we were told we had a few hours until taping. Phew, I could relax a little!
During these hours, we got our hair and make-up done by the wonderful stylists, got our pictures taken, toured the studio, and even meet Vanna! She was so sweet and wished us all good luck. We also got a chance to practice spinning the wheel. That thing was heavy! I tried so hard to get a good spin but I felt like my spins were so wimpy. Next, we found out who we were playing with and what order we would film in. I had the pressure of picking for my show and wished for any number but one. I picked number five. Ahh relief, even more time to relax and watch the other contestants film their shows.
I had such a great time watching and cheering for everyone while getting some last minute practice by solving the puzzles quietly in my head. Show 1, 2, and 3 were all finished. There was one more show before it was my turn. Nerves were setting in and I was called back in for last minute hair and make-up touch-ups. I just kept trying to tell myself to have fun and to pretend that Im at home playing on my couch. Next thing I know, we were called to the stageit was show time!
Lights, cameras and an audiencejust like playing at home! We got a few more practice spins and that was it. Going into the game, I remember just wanting to solve at least one puzzle. Well, here it goes, the music started and Pat and Vanna came out. It was so unreal. Was this really happening? The first toss up started and I rang in and solved it! Okay, I solved my first puzzle, I could relax a little, I thought. We did our introductions with Pat and boy is he quick and witty. I missed the next toss up round so I cheered for my contestant buddies until it was my turn again. My turn came back around on the first puzzle and I was in the zone. From here on out my memory was pretty patchy. I remember bits and pieces but the whole experience felt so unreal. I solved the first puzzle and won a trip. I remember being much more relaxed but still felt I was in a daze. Throughout the rest of the game, and I cant remember the order, I had spun a Wild Card, landed on the Million Dollar wedge, and solved the prize puzzle. All of a sudden, Pat is congratulating me and telling me Im going to the bonus round. I was already in complete shock throughout the game, and now Im going to the bonus round with the million dollar wedge and the wild card? This was definitely not real life and I was having the best dream ever!
So I headed to the bonus round wheel, which I may add, suited my upper body strength much better. I spun the wheel and walked over with Pat towards the puzzle. I picked my letters and my extra consonant from the Wild Card, and all I got was one G. I thought to myself, uh oh, Im in trouble. I had four letters out of the entire eleven letter, two word puzzle. The countdown started, I took a quick peek at the remaining letters available, and out of nowhere, I solved the puzzle! I was beyond ecstatic and couldnt wait to see what I had won. Pat opens the card and it read ONE MILLION. Streamers and confetti came pouring from overhead while I was standing there with my hands covering my mouth in complete and utter shock. Pat and Vanna came to hug and congratulate me while my parents and fianc run out on to the stage. I didnt remember much after that other than shaking profusely in amazement, still with my hands covering my mouth!
I didnt sleep that whole night. I still didnt believe it had happened, however, the paperwork was there sitting beside me to remind me that it did. What a crazy and adventurous couple of days. I guess turning thirty hasnt been too bad!
I could not be more grateful for my experience. The whole process from auditioning to filming was forever memorable. I want to thank everyone, Pat, Vanna and the whole Wheel of Fortune team for this a fun-filled and unforgettable experience.