Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Mike H

    Show Air Date: May 08 2019

    If you’re reading this, I can only assume you’re a HUGE Wheel of Fortune fan (or you’re a member of my family). I’m writing this BEFORE my episode airs, so if I get some of the details out of order, I sincerely apologize. What matters most is that these events ACTUALLY happened - to ME - in REAL LIFE!

    When the day (finally) arrived to tape my episode of Wheel, I felt as ready as...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Joanna Z

    Show Air Date: Apr 30 2019

    My Wheel experience really started before I was even born, when my dad was a Wheel winner in 1988. His appearance on Wheel has been a pretty significant part of my family, (people STILL bring up that he was on Wheel, 31 years later!) so throughout my life, I hoped more than anything that I’d be on Wheel one day, too.


    When I made the decision that it was the right time to apply, I thought about how I could be creative with my video. So I wrote and recorded a...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Brandon and Rachel

    Show Air Date: Apr 25 2019

    One night while watching Wheel of Fortune I suggested to my wife that we audition. She said we would never get on and if we did would probably embarrass ourselves. With that challenge, I set out to prove her wrong by submitting a video audition. Then, we were invited to a live audition where we got selected to be on a future show. My wife and I were both nervous the days leading up to and the day of the shooting. I started to have fun and relax when we got to spin the wheel for the first...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Ryan O

    Show Air Date: Apr 09 2019

    Prairie Dog?!? …… Yup, that’s it!!!

    If you are reading this now, hopefully you watched my episode on Tuesday, April 9th! If not, what are you waiting for!

    Since I was a young boy, I’ve been OBSESSED with game shows, you name it, I’ve watched it as if I were up there! Just about everyone in my family has at some point told be you HAVE to get on Wheel of Fortune and I always just laughed it off….ME?!? The tall, goofy, red-headed...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Dean W

    Show Air Date: Apr 01 2019

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

    I applied to be on Wheel, because as a former high school principal, I always encouraged students to take risks and get outside of their comfort zones.  I always have said if you take a moonshot, there are two options: land or learn.  I was fortunate enough to land on the show.

    • What was it like meeting Pat & Vanna? Were there any funny interactions you had...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Frank H

    Show Air Date: Mar 28 2019

    I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play Wheel of Fortune. I was such a great experience and everyone involved with the show made the experience all the more special. My wife and I watch the show almost every night. And to have had the experience and opportunity to play is so amazing!


    We were sitting at home on a Saturday getting ready to take one of our dogs to the beach. It is about an hour and a half drive to the beach. We were getting ready to load her...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Bethany P

    Show Air Date: Mar 22 2019

    Growing up, my family often had Wheel of Fortune on in the evenings. However, this past summer was when Wheel of Fortune turned into an intense competition as our family would race to see who could solve the puzzle first. (There might have even been some trash talking involved…) My dad and I were the most competitive, and he is the one who encouraged me to apply online to be a contestant- I’m so thankful he did! I completed the application and submitted a short video telling...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Dorene L

    Show Air Date: Mar 14 2019

    I have always dreamt about being on Wheel of Fortune and my dreams finally came true.  After 25 years of attending every Wheel Mobile event in Las Vegas, standing in long lines and filling out countless applications at places like the mall, auto dealership and some of the most fabulous hotels that we have here I got the letter letting me know I was selected!  When I found out I was actually going to be on I was in complete shock, and then the "what ifs" kicked in. What if I...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Lorraine G. and Lori B

    Show Air Date: Feb 26 2019

    Lorraine: We both discovered how much we love watching Wheel of Fortune during a sleepover.  Lori came to NY to visit and while drinking wine and chatting, the discussion turned to game shows and how we would both love to be on Wheel of Fortune.


    Lori: When I read that I was required to send a video if I wanted to be one of the contestants, I felt it was hopeless because I am Deaf, and would need someone to voice for me.  It was a godsend to have my childhood...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Philip & Laura Beth P

    Show Air Date: Feb 11 2019

    What is your Wheel story?

    What started out as a fun trip out to the Wheel Mobile Event in Nashville, TN ended up with BOTH Philip and I making it onto the show, not as individual contestants, but as Sweethearts!  We’ve always been meant to be together (it took us 8 years of friendship before we ever went on a date). And now Wheel of Fortune contestant coordinators also saw that we are BETTER TOGETHER! Funny how God sometimes just takes you in a direction that...