Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Zarina J

    Show Air Date: Dec 26 2016

    Being on Wheel of Fortune was by far the most amazing experience of my life! Ever since the age of 18, I had applied to be on the show many, many times! I remember watching it daily and running straight to my computer to apply! I even attended a Wheelmobile event once, wearing my DIY “Wheel Me In Pat” shirt. Then I finally received an email in July to audition for the show! I was ecstatic! My dreams were finally coming true! I remember going to the audition being super nervous...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jenny O

    Show Air Date: Dec 19 2016

    Although watching TV was never a preferred activity as a child, I did become infatuated with game shows at a young age and my favorite has always been Wheel of Fortune. Growing up, watching Wheel of Fortune with my mom, grandma, and aunt was always a top priority. Now, as an adult, I find myself scheduling dinner, chores, and activities all around the ability to catch the show each night. Like many other “#1...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Thomas F

    Show Air Date: Dec 08 2016

    1. What is your Wheel story?

    Growing up, I loved watching Wheel Of Fortune especially with my Grandmother Joan Becker. I always watched with her and after I was old enough to drive, I visited her all the time and we watched together. When the Wheelmobile came to Atlantic City, NJ, I tried out three times. The first time I ever tried out, I went by myself and was so nervous & excited. Unfortunately, I was not picked, but I did not give up. In 2012, the Wheelmobile came...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Carrie W. & Kathie K.

    Show Air Date: Dec 01 2016


    Being on Wheel of Fortune has been on my bucket list longer than any other crazy adventure I have taken in my life… Which are several. After bungee jumping, skydiving, and climbing the Great Wall of China, appearing on Wheel of Fortune has been one of the greatest thrills of my life.

         I started watching Wheel long before I can remember, but my earliest memories of watching Wheel included watching my mom, Kathie, miraculously solve...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Terrai R

    Show Air Date: Nov 23 2016

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

    I applied to be on Wheel of Fortune because it is something I’ve always wanted to do for as long as I can remember. My brother and I began watching the show at an early age with our grandmother. Over the years she passed away and we continued to watch the show. I would always solve the puzzles before anyone and my brother would be so upset. I have actually auditioned for the show three times. I auditioned the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Brenda G

    Show Air Date: Nov 09 2016

    Wheel of Fortune is MY HAPPY PLACE!

    I always wanted to be Wheel of Fortune ever since I moved to Las Vegas from Rochester, NY after I got honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1982 – the same Vanna White debuted on the show. It was a game show I could do well on, as I played a lot of hangman in my childhood and did pretty good and my friends always say to me – “you’re so lucky”, and you have a little luck with that Wheel, too....

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Emily S

    Show Air Date: Oct 31 2016

    I’ve been watching Wheel of Fortune for as long as I can remember, and I have fond memories of trying to guess the phrases before the rest of my family. I almost always solved them before the contestants did, but never thought to apply! Throughout high school I would play the Wheel of Fortune game on my phone, and I got to the point where I was playing it almost every day. I was addicted!


    A few years later, I began college at Loyola Marymount University. I learned...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Kelly F

    Show Air Date: Oct 25 2016

    I remember growing up watching Wheel of Fortune in my living room after the 6:00 news every night. It was always a competition between my Dad and me on who could guess the puzzles. I usually won. My love for the game went beyond just watching it on TV. I received the handheld Wheel of Fortune video game for Christmas and it’s safe to say for the next year I never put it down. I played it 24/7. Fast-forward 15 years. 

    I’m now 28 years old, still watching the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Tina A

    Show Air Date: Oct 18 2016

    My Wheel experience from start to finish…


    My daughter was a huge influence in getting me to apply to be on the show.  It was her persistent night after night, “Come on mom, just send in a video.”  “You just have to try!”  “OK, OK,” I said…let’s send in a video.  Due to so much laughter, it took about 30 attempts.  But, finally we uploaded the contestant application.  Then about a week...

  • 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...