Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • 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...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Gina H

    Show Air Date: Jan 30 2019

    “Want to be on Wheel of Fortune?”  That was the subject line from an email I received from the mall and got my attention back in July.   I learned that the Wheelmobile was coming to town!  There was going to be a special 2-day event to be held at the mall that weekend. Although I am a big fan of the iconic game show and often shout out the answers while watching and playing along on the couch, I have never considered auditioning to be an actual contestant on...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Shirley H

    Show Air Date: Jan 23 2019

    I have watched Wheel of Fortune for many decades. Even before Pat and Vanna were on the show. I have always loved game shows but it has been a lifelong dream to be on Wheel. We watch faithfully every night as a family.  One day I just decided that I was just going to go for it. I had worked up the courage to send in an online application and submit a video. About a week later I received an email informing me that the Wheelmobile was coming to Charleston, WV which was about 2 1/2 hours...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Dan E

    Show Air Date: Jan 07 2019

    I still can’t believe that I was chosen as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune! I have to thank my wife, Lauren, for constantly asking me to apply.  All I ever thought was, ‘there’s no way I get chosen, what a waste of time, a million people try to get on that show!’.  But after months and months of Lauren asking me to apply I finally did.  I came home from the office, pulled out my phone, (I may have had a glass of wine), and recorded a 1 minute video...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Chelsea M

    Show Air Date: Dec 27 2018

    Wheel has always been a favorite show of mine! I grew up watching Wheel with my grandparents, my parents, and now even watch it every night with my husband. It has always been such a fun game for me, and I always thought I was pretty good at it! One night, I was watching an episode and something popped up on the screen about going online to submit an application. So, I thought, “WHY NOT?!” My husband thought I was crazy, but that is nothing new ;) I originally sent in an...