This Week's Contestant
|Theme:||Season Premiere from The Venetian Las Vegas|
|Hometown:||Double Springs, AL|
POSTED on Monday, September 16th, 2013
As a child I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune with my family in the small town of Double Springs, AL. I would always try to solve the puzzles and I would get mad when my parents beat me. Oh how the tables have turned now! My Wheel of Fortune experience started in May of 2012. I had just graduated from college and was applying for jobs. I had been to a few interviews with no luck and decided I would sign up to be on Wheel of Fortune. I didnt hear anything for about six months and thought Oh well, I will just apply again. I mean, if I applied enough they couldnt ignore me, right? It wasnt until June of 2013 that my dream of being on Wheel of Fortune took off. I had started a good job and was going in the direction I wanted too when, out of nowhere, I received an email from the show!
The email stated that they were having an audition in Atlanta, GA and wanted me to submit a Face of the Fan video for the producers to view. I tried and tried to tape a good video telling why I should be on Wheel of Fortune but it was in vain. Finally I enlisted the help of my mom. After what seemed like one thousand takes we finally had the videothen it would not upload onto the site. I was panicking. We decided to re-tape the video using my camera instead of my phone. Luckily I got the video perfect on the first try and it uploaded. Just a few days later I received another email asking me to come to the audition. I was pumped!
The day of the audition my boyfriend and I traveled to Atlanta. I was nervous and excited at the same time. When I got into the audition room the experience was like nothing I had ever been through. The contestant coordinators made us feel right at home. During the first round of auditions I solved a puzzle and won a t-shirt! Then it was time for a written quiz. I thought I did awful until I talked to the other people during the break and found out how hard they thought it was too. After the break I was getting nervous hoping they would call my name saying I made it past the cut. Finally my name was called and I was relieved. I finished the audition and went home. Now it was time for the waiting game.
It was June 22, 2013, the day of my sisters wedding. My boyfriend and I were headed back to my parents house and we stopped to check the mail. I was flipping through the papers when I saw a letter with my name on itfrom Wheel of Fortune! I screamed so load I think I busted my boyfriends eardrum. I started shaking the letter in his face and screaming, I am going to be on Wheel of Fortune. We were so excited and I couldnt wait to tell my family. They were just as excited as I was.
I thought it would be months before I got the call that my show was going to tape. If only I knew how wrong I was. Three short weeks later my phone buzzed that I had an email. I was busy at work so I ignored it until break time. I wish I had ignored it all day because as soon as I saw that Wheel of Fortune had a tape date for me that was it. I was so excited I couldnt concentrate the rest of the day. To make it even better, I was going to be on the Season 31 Premiere Week at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada (Venetian Week). I called my mom and asked her if she wanted to go to Vegas. She asked me why and I told her tape my episode. She didnt know what I was talking about and then I said Wheel of Fortune. She was so excited but there was one problemmy mom is terrified of flying. She agreed to go this one time.
As it turned out plane tickets were going to be about $600 each. I saw my mom the next day and we were talking about it. She looked at me and said road tripand our decision was made (to my moms relief). We called my two sisters and asked them if they wanted to go and that was it. The plan was in place. We made out our itinerary and got hotel reservations and everything was set.
On Wednesday, July 24th we set out on our 1,800-mile trek across the United States. We arrived in Las Vegas Friday afternoon and got settled into our hotel. At this point I dont think my nerves had set in yet. I felt so calm, almost as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening. The next morning my mom and sister went down to the food court to get me a good luck chicken biscuit (my favorite breakfast) while my other sister helped me get ready for the show. On our way to the contestant meeting spot in The Venetian, I stopped and put a dollar bill in the Wheel of Fortune slot machine and spun it one time for good luck. I didnt win anything. I hoped my luck would be coming later in the day. My family dropped me off at the meeting spot at 8:45, and that was it. The whirlwind was about to begin.
The contestant coordinators called roll to make sure everyone was there and then they took us back to start our day. We had fruit and bagels to snack on while we filled out our paper work and got our hair and make-up touched up. We got the opportunity to go out on the set and practice spinning the wheel. Let me just sayI think I pulled a muscle spinning the wheel it was so heavy. The set was awesomethere was a car spinning around to the side of the wheel (which I assumed was a bonus round prize) and slot machines to the other side. There were lights and cameras and monitors everywhere. I have to admit it was a little overwhelming.
We had lunch, took pictures, and made short videos to advertise ourselves on Wheel of Fortune. Then it was game time! We drew to see which episode we would be on and my group drew episode 3. I drew for the middle spot and then we were escorted to the set. There were people everywhere. The audience was excited and I just looked straight ahead trying to ignore it all so I didnt get nervous. It seemed as if the two shows that taped before me drug on and on. I sat there solving puzzles in my head and watching people win money and trips and all I could think was please let it be my turnand then it was!!! Hopefully I dont embarrass myself too much.
Watch my show on Wednesday, September 18th to find out!