Rosann & Liz V's Blog Post
March 11 2014
Here's what I can tell you about being a Wheel of Fortune contestant:
1. The wheel really is as heavy as it looks- maybe heavier.
2. Pat and Vanna are as nice as I always thought they seemed.
3. It's hard to see the other contestants as your competition when you've spent an entire day joking around with them at the studio.
4. I honestly couldn't tell you everything that happened when I taped my episode. It is a complete blur in my memory!
5. It was an amazing experience. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
My trip to Wheel started when I was a junior nursing student at UC Irvine (Zot zot zot!). I got an email inviting me to an audition in LA, and BONUS, I could bring a family member to audition with me! My mom and I are two peas in a pod, and we are major word-nerds, so she was my first pick (she's also an English teacher...can't hurt, right?). Two weeks later, I met up with her in Culver City for our shot to be on the show!
If you ever have the chance to audition for the show, I can promise you that you are guaranteed to have a blast. The contestant department staff is amazing at what they do. They keep everyone energized and smiling the whole day. They can even make you project your voice louder than you ever thought possible! My mom and I made it through all rounds of the audition, and were told we'd hear back in a few weeks. We walked away from the audition hoping to hear good news, but no matter what happened, we agreed that we'd had a LOT of fun and didn't have any regrets. I even met a fellow UCI Anteater at the auditions that I am still in touch with (Hi, Marjan!).
Right on cue, our letters came two weeks later- we got picked! I immediately posted it on Facebook and called everyone I knew. Every single person I talked to asked the same question: "When will you be on?" I answered that I didn't know, but crossed my fingers and hoped it'd be soon. “Soon” ended up being two years later! My mom and I filmed on December 13th at the Sony Studios in Culver City, CA. Our day started at 7:30am when the shuttles picked up all of the day's contestants from our hotels (all 18 pairs of us!) and took us to the studio. Our morning consisted of going over the show rules and flooding the hair and makeup chairs all at once. It was great to meet everyone (Vanna even stopped in to say "Good Morning!") and get to know them a little more before we started taping. Let me tell you, you're bound to have a lot of fun when you put 36 outgoing people in a room and let them mingle!
My mom and I taped the second show of the day. We weren't too nervous before the show at all. In fact, I'm AMAZED at how relaxed we were! My brother was taking a final at Cal State Northridge that day and sadly couldn't come to the taping, but we had my dad and our family friends, Donnie and Zach, in the audience watching us. We could see them perfectly in the audience from where we were standing on stage.
As far as what happened after that, I can't tell you for two reasons: 1. I don't want to give the show away for you...I'm no spoiler! And 2. I really don't remember. This would be a great time for my mom to chime in and write a little bit, but she doesn't remember anything, either! We got into our own little game show "zone" as soon as we were on the set, and before we knew it, it was done! Actually, now that I think about it, I did accidentally spill my water down the front of my shirt between puzzles and had to run to the back to use a hair dryer to fix it before the next puzzle, but that's the most detailed memory I have.
Tune in to watch us on March 11th! I guarantee that I will be as surprised as you are by what happens!