Sandy J's Blog Post
Hi, I’m Sandy and now that “my” episode aired (9/16/19) I’d like to share my experience with the group. I’ve watched WOF for years and my husband encouraged me to try to get on the show. So in January 2019, I completed the application and submitted an audition video on line. A few weeks later, I got an invitation for a live audition in Myrtle Beach. I felt pretty good when I left and we were told we’d be notified in 2 weeks if we’d been chosen to be in the contestant pool. A few weeks after that, while vacationing in Costa Rica, I found out I was in the pool🤗. Guess who bought drinks that night!!! I could be called anytime in the next 2 years. I got an e-mail in late July asking if I was available to tape a show on August 9. Of course I said yes. By the end of the night I had booked flight and hotel reservations for me and my husband, and got someone to watch the dog. In the following 2 1/2 weeks, I received a lot of really helpful information from Jackie, one of the contestant producers. She called me several times and made sure all my questions were answered. I was ready to go .
We flew to Culver City 2 days before the taping to prepare and relax. The first few hours after we arrived at Sony Studios were very busy. They were going to tape 6 episodes that day, and we were randomly placed into groups of three and pulled numbers to see which of the six groups would go first. Our group was going first. They reviewed a lot of information; we got hair and makeup done; taped a promo for our local WOF station; practiced spinning the Wheel and our introductions; and played a practice round. Vanna even stopped by to say hi. Then it was time to play for real. I was in the first group to go and we were all nervous. I solved the first toss up puzzle which calmed me down a bit. As the game progressed, all 3 of us had solved puzzles and had won money and/or trips. I won a trip to Oahu. By the time we got to the final round, we were all pretty close, but I was in 3rd place. I solved the final puzzle and it took a few seconds to realize I had won🤗. I was going to the bonus round.
I had the choice of “thing”, “phrase” or “place”. I had decided long ago that I wouldn’t choose “thing” or “phrase”, so I chose “place”. I chose a card and gave it to Pat, They put the normal letters on the board and I chose m, h, b and o. There was one m and 3 o’s. I thought I knew the answer, so I took a deep breath and said “roomy office”. IT WAS CORRECT!!. Pat opened the card and I won an additional $37,000. My total was $52,266. I couldn’t believe it. My husband ran up to me and we celebrated.
What I appreciated most was how helpful and friendly everybody was; from Pat and Vanna to each staff member . I was also glad that each contestant in our group won a decent amount of money. I also appreciated the camaraderie between my team members. My advice to potential future contestants is to do your best, and enjoy the experience. It sure worked for me.