Play the Wheel of Fortune Game Information
If you've got the nerve, you can try to become a contestant and Play Wheel of Fortune!
Of Fortune" Contestant Auditions
If they are conducting an audition during that time period, you may be contacted to come down and audition for the show.
The auditions are often held in hotel ballrooms. The contestant coordinators bring about 70 wannabe contestants together and create a sort of mini version of "Wheel of Fortune", complete with puzzles and a miniature wheel. All the auditioners take turns standing, calling out letters, and solving puzzles. Then they take a 5 minute written test, consisting of of 16 puzzles (where you have to fill in the missing letters). Afterward, they grade the tests and hand out door prizes. Then the coordinators tell some of the people to go home, while other people are allowed to stay and play more mock "Wheel" games (as the coordinators size them up). It all take about two hours.
However, even if you make the first cut, when you finally head home you still won't know whether you've been selected to be a contestant. You'll have to wait (indefinitely) for them to write to you - if you've been selected. They base their selections in part on the test scores, but also on their general impression of how you'd perform on the show.
The show's staff says: "We love players who are at ease, fun, and good game players. It's important that the game moves along as quickly as possible; that players are decisive in calling out their letters (in a loud voice) and in choosing their game strategy (whether to spin, buy a vowel, or solve the puzzle.) We want contestants to call logical letters; good game players seem to strike a good balance between calling consonants and buying vowels. It's been our general observation through the years that contestants who play with energy, poise, and a sense of humor (without forgetting to call logical letters) - tend to do better on the show. The final ingredient of a great contestant is a positive attitude. We want people to come to the taping with the mindset that they're going to have a good time, win or lose."
In the end, it's all a big longshot. Because to play the Wheel of Fortune is relatively easy to play over six million people asked to become contestants last year. And only 600 or so were chosen to be on the show. Those aren't very good odds.
But there's no risk involved to be a member of the
studio audience and watch the show.
(Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to play
the Wheel of Fortune.)