This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||Palo Alto, CA|
I woke up while it was still dark out to get ready for my big day. I was nervous, but ready for anything. In the lobby of the hotel, I met some of the other contestants and we boarded the shuttle to Sony Studios. This was it!
On the ride to the studio, the other contestants and I shared stories of where we were from, and our journey to Wheel of Fortune. It was so great to meet people from all over the country, who love Wheel as much as I do.
When we arrived at the studio, the wonderfully energetic and fun contestant coordinators greeted us. After filling out paperwork and getting a rundown on how the day was going to go, we got to see the set for the first time. Then we had our first chance to spin the actual Wheel! The rumors are true the thing weighs a ton!
The contestants were split into groups of three, and then we randomly drew numbers from a jar to determine which number show (there were six shows taped that day) and which standing position we would be in. I drew the last show, and the first position next to Pat. We were told that we couldn't communicate with our guests in the audience to tell them which show we would be on, so my Mom and Dad, my boyfriend Brian, and my friend Lauren would just have to wait for me to come out on stage in the last show. I had a feeling they were just as nervous as I was, but it comforted me to know that they were there supporting me and having fun in the audience.
Backstage, as the make-up artists worked their magic, we were surprised with a visit from Vanna with no makeup on and in a robe! I was completely star struck. That was the moment that reality set in for me, and I couldn't wait for my turn to play!
The day went by insanely fast. I sat in the audience and cheered on my fellow contestants, and before I knew it, five shows had gone by. Next up, it was Vicki, Ryan, and I and we were ready! We had our makeup touched up, wished each other luck, and went onstage.
The game itself was such a rush. My nerves were running high, and I realized that playing for real is a lot tougher than playing at home. However, winning the first toss-up gave me a great confidence boost. Winning the prize puzzle was incredible I had forgotten it was a prize puzzle and was taken by surprise when I heard that I would be going to St. Lucia! I was bouncing off the walls excited, and couldn't stop smiling for the entire game.