So what can you expect at a Wheelmobile event? Let's start with “fun” and go from there.
The Wheelmobile, is Wheel of Fortune’s promotional vehicle, which gives viewers an “up close and personal” contestant-like experience right in their hometown. The 36-foot long, 13-foot high, bright yellow Winnebago travels across the country and into dozens of cities each year in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun.
For over 15 years, the Wheelmobile has been making fans’ dreams come true. “Every year, Wheel of Fortune receives over 1 million inquiries from viewers who want to be contestants,” says Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “The Wheelmobile was created to give people all over the country an opportunity to realize that dream.” In fact, the majority of contestants who appear on Wheel of Fortune came out to Wheelmobile events in their hometowns.
A professional host and hostess present a live show with a traveling version of the Wheel and puzzleboard that offers fans a chance to win prizes and qualify for a contestant audition to be on the broadcast version of the show. Wherever the Wheelmobile stops, thousands of people are waiting for the chance to try out to be a contestant on America’s favorite game show.
At every Wheelmobile event fans fill out and submit applications upon entry. During the show, the traveling host and co-host draw applications at random and call individuals on stage in groups of five to participate in a brief interview, play a version of the Wheel of Fortune “Speed-Up Round” and win special show-themed prizes.
The most promising candidates are invited back to participate in final auditions for the show, usually held a few weeks later in the Wheelmobile host city. Even if an applicant was not selected on stage, their name might be drawn at random at a later date for an audition, affording everyone who attends a Wheelmobile event the chance of a lifetime. At the final auditions, the Wheel of Fortune contestant coordinators select the individuals who will appear on the broadcast version of the show.
But unfortunately, showing up to a Wheelmobile event doesn’t guarantee you an audition for the live show. There are many people who have an interest in being a contestant and not everyone makes the cut. Last year, more than a million people applied and only 600 were selected. So if making an event means sacrificing expenses, loss of wages or more, don’t fret, we’ll surely be back around again.
When will the Wheelmobile be in my area?
There are a few ways to find out:
1 – Watch your local TV station that broadcasts Wheel of Fortune. Our local station will run promos announcing that we are coming to your area.
2 – Follow @WheelofFortune on Twitter