Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • 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...

  • 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...