Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • 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...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jessica N.

    Show Air Date: Jul 21 2016

    I have watched and played Wheel of Fortune for as long as I can remember, I even had the board game growing up! So I guess you could say being on Wheel has been a dream of mine forever.  My husband commented every night while watching, “you need to be on this show”, because I was a good puzzle solver on my couch.  I wanted to attend a Wheelmobile event, and being in Vermont, those don’t come up too often here.  My first opportunity came in August of 2003,...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ronald T.

    Show Air Date: Apr 01 2016

    What is your Wheel Story?

    Growing up, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy was a family tradition. My grandma was a faithful watcher and eventually inspired me to start watching every day. At about 13, I started keeping score with my cousin and would compete to see who would guess puzzles first and claim the title of ‘Best Puzzle Solver”. Fast forward to my college year, I still never stopped watching Wheel and every day I would become frustrated with myself for...