Les N's Blog Post
What is your Wheel story / what made you apply to be on Wheel?
My family and I have been watching the show for years...and WE LOVE IT!! Last January, we were sitting around the TV playing along with the contestants, and I blurted the answer out before my 12 year old son, Tayt, could solve it. I did the same thing on the next puzzle, so he told me that I HAD to submit a video to tryout for the show. I agreed, but a month later, he called me out on it. I had forgotten to do so, and so to be a man of my word, I created and submitted a video…..
A couple of months later, I received an email informing me that tryouts were coming to KC!! I was excited and surprised, he was not. “You’ll make it!” he told me. I went to the tryout, solved one puzzle, and that was it. I honestly didn’t expect to hear back from WOF...until I did!! I drove to my sons’ cross country meet to tell him, we were all so excited, but he expected it. “I knew all along you’d make it if you just submitted the video!!” Simple faith goes a long way!!
What was it like meeting Pat & Vanna? Were there any funny interactions you had with Pat during your game?
Meeting Pat & Vanna was a surreal moment. Vanna came to say hi to all of the contestants early in the morning, and she was the coolest. They were funny, professional, and made everyone in attendance have as much fun in person as it is on TV. During my game, his first words to me during the introduction were “You were a former Major League Baseball Player...not a lot of games though!” I thought that was pretty funny...and correct!
Were there any special highlights of your game? Specific puzzles you solved, or didn't solve. Special wedges you picked up or prizes you won?
There were 2 highlights of my game. I won the “Wild” card and was able to keep it, and also winning a trip in the prize puzzle. So exciting, yet stressful!!
What was it like going to/winning the Bonus Round?
My game didn’t start off well. ‘Bankrupt’ and ‘Lose a Turn’ were my introduction to the night. I was so scared I would embarrass myself, especially with my wife and son in the audience! Once the 2nd ‘Toss Up’ round was over, things went much better and I was able to make it to the bonus round. The walk from the big wheel to the bonus wheel was a moment I will NEVER forget. I remember thinking “I can’t believe I’m here. And yet my son probably expected this moment to happen!” I didn’t the bonus round, but I still walked away a winner and was able to have a lifetime experience I’ll never forget!!