Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Emily H.

    Show Air Date: Jun 19 2017


    I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune and have always been a big fan of the show.  From watching my grandmother, Ruby, solve the puzzles effortlessly when we’d watch together to playing the board game with my friend, Autumn, the show has always been special to me.  That’s why when my friend, Erin, told me the Wheelmobile was coming to our town I knew I had to go with her to try out!  While I didn’t get called onto the stage that day to audition,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Joanna D

    Show Air Date: Jun 12 2017

    What is your Wheel story and what made you apply to be on Wheel?

    I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since I was very little.  When I would visit or be babysat by either sets of my grandparents growing up, we would make sure to watch. Now that I have two little boys, we use Wheel of Fortune as a way for the boys to learn their letters.  It’s fun for the adults and educational for the boys!

    As we watched at our house, my...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Della H

    Show Air Date: Jun 05 2017

    My sister and I had talked for years about auditioning together for Wheel, so when the Wheelmobile made a stop near my home--and my sister happened to be in California from the east coast--we jumped at the chance. We were both lucky enough to be called on stage to play, although separately. It turned out they were looking for single contestants only. After a second round of auditions and the seemingly endless two-week wait, I received the coveted letter notifying me that I had been...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Matthew L

    Show Air Date: May 29 2017

    Here’s the important stuff:  Pat is wonderfully dry and witty, Vanna is lovely and engaging, and the Wheel is MUCH heavier than I imagined.


    I tried to get on Wheel of Fortune 20 years ago when I had unlimited time on my hands, but eventually resigned that it would never happen.  Cut to early 2017 when my wife and daughters threatened my life if I didn’t give it another go.   We shot a video of me pleading my case while flanked by two very...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Justyna K

    Show Air Date: May 15 2017

    My obsession with Wheel of Fortune began as a little girl. When my mom first came to the United States from Poland, she loved watching the show because she could practice her English while marveling at Vanna’s beautiful looks. When she found out Pat Sajak had Polish roots and was from Chicago (near Brighton Park, where she and my dad settled once they got married) she became an even bigger fan. She passed along her love of reading, crossword puzzles, and Wheel to me, and...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Carrie T

    Show Air Date: May 09 2017

    Like many contestants, my earliest memories of Wheel of Fortune are watching with my Grandmother. In those days, contestants would spend their earnings in the show’s store. It seemed like everyone went home with the ceramic Dalmatian statue. While a lot of details have changed, my love of the show hasn’t. If anything, it has grown, as I now watch daily with my toddler.

     When we found out the Wheelmobile was coming to Faneuil Hall in Boston, my husband said,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jeannine R

    Show Air Date: May 11 2017

    It was a damp and misty Friday in October 2016 in Northeast Ohio. The Wheelmobile had been advertised in the weeks leading up to this day as coming to the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park, and I toyed with the idea of going during that time to audition. When the day finally came my husband said he wanted me to have a chance of getting on the show and drove me up there. If it hadn’t have been for him, I wouldn’t have gone, but boy am I glad we did! We stood in line for about...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Karline S

    Show Air Date: Apr 27 2017

    I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since I was in elementary school. I have always loved crossword puzzles and any kind of word game, so naturally Wheel of Fortune became my favorite game show to watch. I used to play along trying to solve the puzzles with contestants and saw that I was good at it, even the ones contestants had difficulty solving. I felt so confident in my puzzle-solving skills that I used to tell my friends that I would go on the show someday. When I heard that the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Lauren W

    Show Air Date: Apr 19 2017

    I have watched Wheel since I was a kid with grandmother as I brushed her hair (she had ALS). I even played the old video game. I really love this show. It kind of became a joke that it was on my bucket-list and a life goal to be on the show because I never thought I would actually do it. When the Wheelmobile came to my area I knew I had to go and see it in person, I didn't even think of the possibility of auditioning for the show. My husband is the one who convinced me to audition and I am...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Amanda R

    Show Air Date: Apr 14 2017

     I had recently moved to California and my mom was heading in town to visit from Albuquerque, NM. She and I were adamant about making it on to the show to as audience members so when I received an email that I had been selected to audition I bout lost it. I was so excited and nervous because this is a show that I had grown up watching from a very young age. Leading up to the auditions I was super nervous and played at home day in and day out with my two daughters, Saniyah and Serenity....