Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Erik K

    Show Air Date: Oct 11 2016

    I grew up on Wheel of Fortune.  I learned the alphabet and how to do addition thanks to a wonderful television program.  When I was six years old, I convinced my Dad and my Opa carve out a piece of cardboard into a circle and I broke out my crayons and markers to make a replica wheel to spin on my door.   Before “Woman Crush Wednesday” would be a trending topic, Vanna was my first Woman Crush Everyday!  As for Pat, wishful thinking I could be him and be...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ed A.

    Show Air Date: Oct 06 2016

    What is your Wheel story?

    My “Wheel Story” began when I was a little boy. I would watch the show with my entire family. We would keep score as to who guessed more puzzles. This was back before Pat and Vanna were the hosts and you had to use the money you won to buy prizes in the studio.

    I have watched it ever since, for over 30 years. Now I use my DVR to record the episodes so I never miss one. My friends and family get mad at me when we watch together...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jerry & Teri G

    Show Air Date: Sep 29 2016

    How did you come to be a contestant on Wheel?

    I've always wanted to be a contestant on Wheel!  I sent in a video about a year ago, and about 6 months later I received an email inviting me to an audition in my hometown.  The email also said that I could bring my spouse along for the audition, since they were looking for contestants for Grandparents' Week, so I talked my husband, Jerry, into going with me.  He was a nervous wreck, and was convinced afterwards that...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Patricia M

    Show Air Date: Sep 21 2016


    A Dream Realized!

    In 2011 the Wheelmobile visited Morongo Casino near the community where I reside and my husband encouraged me to attend, however my name was not called that night.  Fast forward four or five years later, my husband and I were going through our regular routine of watching the show.  The only difference this particular evening was that my husband went and...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jen G.

    Show Air Date: Sep 05 2016

    I grew up watching Pat and Vanna on Wheel, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d become a contestant on the show. Watching the show as an adult I would think to myself, “Those people got on the show somehow, so why couldn’t it be a possibility for me?” When I heard the Wheelmobile was coming to town, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to try. It was Mother’s Day weekend and I brought my mom with me. I figured my chances were slim, but I...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Mike B.

    Show Air Date: Sep 01 2016

    What does it take to be a Wheel of Fortune contestant?

    Optimism, patience, timing, having fun, and good luck.



    Growing up, I watched Wheel of Fortune with my mother, and together, we solved puzzles quite quickly. We felt we would do quite well if we ever appeared on the show. It was one of those dreams we felt could achieve, and we never let go of it.



    Back in 2007, when I was a student at the University of...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Keith C.

    Show Air Date: Aug 15 2016

    A lot of people have asked how we wound up on Wheel of Fortune.  I think it was a combination of sheer luck and my cute wife.  For months I told Angi that she should send an audition video to Wheel of Fortune because she has always been so good at solving the puzzles (almost always before the contestants on the show and WAY before me…).  But, we lead busy lives, and the video was never made.  But then, we heard that the Wheelmobile was coming to nearby Decatur,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Emily B.

    Show Air Date: Aug 09 2016

    Growing up in Iowa, we would go and visit my grandparents quite often in my mom’s hometown and I remember every night was the same routine: supper at 5 PM sharp followed by all of us cleaning up and being ready to watch Wheel of Fortune.  My grandpa always sat in his chair, my grandma in hers and we would all sit around and see which of them would know the puzzle first.  It was their favorite show and was a staple in our visits with them and something we always did...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jan M.

    Show Air Date: Aug 03 2016

    I don’t have a Bucket List, but I may create one just so I can cross off “appearing as a contestant on The Wheel of Fortune!” I love the show and have been a Wheel-Watching fan for over 30 years. In fact, when my son Jonathan, now 31, was not even 2 years old, I realized he knew all his letters. I had no idea! One day while standing near a bulletin board at church, he started pointing his chubby little finger and correctly calling out the letters. He was a...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: LB

    Show Air Date: Jul 25 2016

    Yes, Pat, we have always been out of synch!


    When I saw that Wheel would be auditioning in Chicago, I uploaded a video and I got the audition.  Even better, the email said I could bring my spouse to audition for a couples show.  About a year later, we got the email.  Could we be in LA in a week?  I believe my exact response was, “Hell yeah we can!”  We organized babysitting, made...