Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: John P

    Show Air Date: Sep 17 2018

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on a stage flooded with hundreds of lights, being watched by millions of people, on America’s favorite game show, with two internationally loved stars, and try to play a game where you have to spin a wheel properly, guess letters, solve a puzzle while watching the game board, the used letter board, and the score board all while being the most non-multitasked person on earth and have your brain turn to mush…well, IT’S A...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Vincent and Jennifer S

    Show Air Date: Feb 15 2019

    Wheel of Fortune is a show I watched with my mom when I was in my early twenties. So after years and decades of contemplating that I was good enough to solve puzzles, I decided to give it a whirl. I had sent in a videotape the year prior and was called into Brooklyn to audition that June. I thought I had done well during the auditioning and was able to solve two puzzles. I was rewarded with a Wheel of Fortune thermal insulated lunch bag and a mug. I did decent on the test and thought I was...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Laurie and Brian

    Show Air Date: Feb 07 2019

    Brian and I both grew up watching Wheel of Fortune at the dinner table every night throughout our childhoods.  We’ve carried on the tradition by watching the show with our kids every night as well.  It quickly became our oldest son’s favorite show.  In fact, asking us to turn on Wheel of Fortune was one of the first things he was able to communicate with us! 

    When our oldest son was five, he began asking how people became contestants on the show. ...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Tyler B

    Show Air Date: Apr 17 2019

    Never in a million years did I imagine that I would have been given the chance to compete on a game show, let alone my favorite game show in the entire WORLD.  Being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune has been a lifelong dream of mine.  I remember getting excited as a little boy when the letters would ding and Vanna would turn them over.  When I learned that the Wheelmobile was coming to my hometown, I knew that there was no chance I would miss it.  It was a two-day event...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Eric S

    Show Air Date: Nov 16 2018

    My Wheel of Fortune experience began in front of a Sears department store in Dulles, Virginia.  By chance, I had heard on a local news broadcast that the Wheelmobile was in town that July weekend to audition potential contestants.  For years, I had watched Wheel of Fortune on TV, played the video games, and hoped to one day meet Pat and Vanna and spin the wheel for real.  While I loved the game and wanted to play on the show, I was aware of the luck needed to even make it...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Joel A

    Show Air Date: Jan 15 2019

    I would start by saying the cliché of ‘I never expected to be on Wheel of Fortune’ is absolutely true.  I have been watching the show for decades, it was a staple for my grandparents to watch Jeopardy and Wheel every night.  It has continued into adulthood as my wife and I have been watching nightly for the last few years again.  She’s the one ultimately responsible for me appearing on the show because she is persistently annoying. 


  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jessica R

    Show Air Date: Sep 28 2018

    The local newspaper mentioned the Wheelmobile was going to visit Las Vegas, so I marked it on my calendar.  When the day arrived, I debated attending.  Even though I live in Las Vegas, I am not a gambler.  I didn’t think the odds were in my favor, but the tiny voice in the back of my brain kept urging me to go, so I decided to release any expectations and just let events unfold.  I am still shocked at the big adventure that resulted from my seemingly small...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Dawn I

    Show Air Date: Oct 19 2018

    We watch Wheel of Fortune every night as a family and my family would always say, "Mom you should be on the show" whenever I would solve a puzzle. Secretly, I've always wanted to be on the show. So when the caller ID read "Sony Studios", I jokingly said to my husband, "That's Wheel of Fortune calling me..." and answered the phone. I almost flipped when it was Wheel of Fortune! They were trying to reach my son to invite him to the auditions in Chicago. I got so excited and told her how we...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Matt E

    Show Air Date: May 30 2019

    We all grow up with items on our bucket list. I am very fortunate to be able to cross an item off mine: Being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. I always enjoyed puzzles growing up and so I was drawn each night to Wheel of Fortune. Being able to solve puzzles and get paid for it! That’s a dream right there. I remember my dad always saying “You should go on that show” after I’d get the toss-ups before the contestants on TV. So I made it my goal to get on.


  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Jerrica S

    Show Air Date: May 21 2019

    1. What is your Wheel story? Why did you apply to be on Wheel?


    I can remember being a small child and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with my mom and older sister.  Now, it’engrained as a part of our family culture.  In the evenings at 7pm we head to the TV and watch the show.  It had always been on my bucket list to be on a game show and when the opportunities came for Wheel of Fortune, I took them and...