Wheel of Fortune - Featured Contestant Blog Archive

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Michael R.

    Show Air Date: Jan 23 2018

    From start to finish my experience on Wheel of Fortune was a blast!  I enjoyed everything from meeting everyone associated with the show, to meeting the other contestants, and of course competing.  

    When I think about the game itself (I'm writing this before seeing the show on television) I don't recall much outside of the solutions to the puzzle's I solved.  The only letter I remember calling outside of the final puzzle was  "L" in Before and...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Mark G

    Show Air Date: Sep 22 2017

    My initial introduction to Wheel of Fortune, or, more accurately Pat Sajak, was an episode of Rugrats. Pat Sajak played the voice of a Pat Sajak-esque game show host named “Pat Sajak.” I remember little of the actual episode, though I recall being transfixed by the funny character whose voice I recognized from the game show my grandparents would watch after Seinfeld reruns.


    Wheel of Fortune has been on TV as long as I can remember. It was a true thrill to be...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Eric & Kari M

    Show Air Date: Jan 08 2018

    Being on Wheel of Fortune was something we'll remember forever!  We experienced so many highs and lows.  We won two toss-ups, started with a bankrupt, briefly held the million, fell behind after two puzzles, then rallied to win the prize puzzle to make it to the final round!  We missed the final puzzle, but walked away with a nice chunk of money, a great trip, and memories of a lifetime. 


    While keeping the details of the show a...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Gretchen W.

    Show Air Date: May 24 2018

    Wheel of Fortune is such a successful, long-running game show, so it won’t surprise you to hear that I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since the 80’s. My husband and I watch it together every night, and during giveaways I always hope my Wheel Watcher number will get called! On New Year’s Day, one of the goals/hopes I wrote down for 2018 was to win money on Wheel of Fortune. When I saw that Wheel of Fortune was accepting applications for contestants, I jumped at the...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Elizabeth S.

    Show Air Date: May 17 2018

    Having the opportunity to be on Wheel of Fortune was a dream I thought I would never experience in this lifetime!  I applied to be on the show on a whim one night when my husband and I were playing video games.  We watch Wheel every night with dinner and we are huge fans!  I wasn’t expecting anything to come out of it – but it was so much fun talking to my husband that evening about what it would be like.  To my surprise, I received an e-mail inviting me to...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Debi O.

    Show Air Date: May 05 2018

    My journey began in December 2015. My mother was a huge fan of the show and never missed it. I told her I had seen an advertisement that the Wheelmobile was coming to my town. She encouraged me to go check it out. I really had no intentions of trying out , I just wanted to see the excitement and possibly get a glimpse of Pat and Vanna. When I arrived at the event, I found out that Pat and Vanna do not attend these events, but there was a lot of people there and they were all in line to try...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Mike & Jonathan

    Show Air Date: Apr 24 2018

    When you’ve been best friends with someone for 17 years, you’re bound to partake in some pretty epic adventures. From working at the Daytona 500 races, to throwing an unforgettable rooftop birthday video dance party in Washington D.C., to barely getting out of an escape room with just seconds to spare, being contestants on Wheel of Fortune for “Best Friends Week” just added to our repertoire of shared awesome experiences.


    Our journey to Wheel...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Brian S.

    Show Air Date: Apr 13 2018

    A wise person once said persistence pays.  Another said never give up on your dreams.  No matter how many curve balls life throws at you, no dream is impossible.  I kept these sayings in the back of my mind as I journeyed to my dream of spinning the Wheel of Fortune.

    The Journey began during the show’s first season in 1984.  I was mesmerized by the spinning wheel and colorful set.  I said to my young self “one of these days, I’m going to...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Kyle C.

    Show Air Date: Apr 06 2018

    “Everything happens for a reason,” are the words my dad has preached to me for my entire life. Subscribing to this belief allows you to gain perspective when things don’t go your way—enabling you to see how incredible good can come out of the worst situations. Thus, I found myself thinking those exact words less than a minute into the show. I had just buzzed in to the first Toss-Up and I was confident that the puzzle was “Studying Algebra.” However, there...

  • John Smith

    Contestant Name: Andrea R.

    Show Air Date: Mar 26 2018

    I’ve always been a wordy person – from memorizing lines for theatre to winning the grade school spelling bee. My earliest memory of Wheel of Fortune is watching the show on my late great grandmother’s antennae TV as a young child, but I became a huge fan of the show after college. Watching the show after a stressful day at work was my 30 minutes of Zen. I quickly wrapped my family into my obsession, and almost every phone call between my dad and I consisted of at least...