This Week's Contestant
|Theme:||Celebrating New Orleans|
|Hometown:||New Orleans, LA|
Ever since the first time my wife and I watched a game show together, she had been pressing me to audition for a game show. Having a love for Scrabble, the most logical fit for me was Wheel of Fortune. So, I signed up for the email list to be notified of when the WheelMobile was coming to New Orleans.
A few months later, I received an email letting me know that the show was coming to town! So, I went down on a Sunday afternoon to the Wheelmobile event at the Harrah's Casino and tried out. I was called up in the very first audition (although I was prepared to be there for every audition they had until I was called) and actually solved a puzzle. (It was "HAMMERHEAD SHARK"). A few weeks later, I got the email telling me that I was invited back for the second round of auditions.
After surviving the first cut of the second round of auditions (including the surprisingly difficult written puzzle), I was in the first group called up for the final round of auditions. Unfortunately, my nerves got the best of me, and I actually walked up to my part of the audition with gum in my mouth! One of the contestant coordinators actually called me out and told me that that was no way to get on the show. I was rattled and, even though I did ok, was pretty sure I wasn't going to get invited to the show. I had come so close! We were told to expect notification of our acceptance on the show within two weeks and that if we didn't get anything by then, we should probably accept the fact that we hadn't been cast this time around.
Well, two weeks came and went. No word from the folks at Wheel. I wasn't really surprised. I had resigned myself to the fact that I'd not be on the show. Then, about two more weeks later, I found a letter in my mailbox from Wheel of Fortune! With guarded excitement, I opened the envelope and read the first word, "Congratulations!" My wife and I were practically dancing around the house! This was actually happening!
A few weeks later, I was actually in Los Angeles for a friend's wedding. I was on the beach with my wife and my daughter and expecting a call from one of my friends who lived in L.A., as we were trying to make plans. When I got a phone call from a number with a (310) area code, I was shocked to hear the voice of one of my contestant coordinators! I was going to be on the show in my own hometown! April 15th couldn't come fast enough! Tune in Wednesday, May 4th to see how I did!