Be a Contestant on 'Wheel of Fortune'

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Wheel of Fortune is one of the longest-running game shows on television, with millions of hopeful contestant applications pouring in each and every year. The show has recently streamlined their initial application process and moved into the digital age with online applications. There are three different applications available, so make sure you choose the one that's right for you.

General Rules for Applicants

Wheel of Fortune has some restrictions in place for potential contestants, which can be found at the top of each application form.

These rules include:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old. (Teen applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18.)
  • If you've been a contestant in any version of the show, you are ineligible to apply again.
  • If you have appeared on a game show, reality show, or a dating/relationship show in the past year, or more than three of these shows in the past ten years, you are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants, their friends, or their families must not be employed by Sony Pictures, any television station that broadcasts Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy, or any related advertisers, among others. See the application form for a complete list.

Also important to note are the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, both of which are linked at the bottom of each application form. Read them carefully before checking off the boxes indicating that you agree to their terms.

Adult Application

This is the default Wheel of Fortune application and the one that will apply to most potential contestants.

The application form itself is very straightforward and doesn't take long to complete.

You will be asked to provide standard information like your name, age, and address, along with a wide variety of questions relating to your personal tastes and hobbies. These questions are in place to find potential contestants who will fit into upcoming theme weeks on the show.

College Registration

Wheel of Fortune runs regular college-themed weeks during the course of each season. Applicants for these college-based shows must comply with the rules outlined above, and be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student.

The application form for college students is much shorter than the adult application, asking only for standard identifying information, college attended, and what year the applicant is in.

Teen Registration

Similar to the college-themed episodes of Wheel of Fortune, there are also teen tournaments. Teen applicants must adhere to the eligibility rules and be between the ages of 13 and 18, and currently enrolled in high school.

The application form for teens is similar to the college application in length and information required.

The Wheelmobile

Another way to get on the show is to attend a Wheelmobile event. The Wheelmobile is a large yellow tour bus that goes on the road to hold live auditions in various cities across America. Potential contestants fill out application forms and turn them in, and then wait among hundreds of other hopefuls for their name to be called.

Names are randomly drawn from the pool of applications, and Wheel-style games are played.

Contestants are evaluated, and some are short-listed to receive invitations to the auditions in LA. Applicants can also win prizes at these events.

While an official Wheelmobile schedule is not available to the general public, here are some tips for finding out when an event is being held in your area.

The Audition Process

Since Wheel of Fortune receives so many applications, only those who are selected to audition will be contacted. Auditions take place in LA several times a year and consist of a series of Wheel games where applicants are evaluated by the casting and production staff. After the games are played, there is a timed written test based on missing-letter games. The tests are graded, and some of the hopeful contestants are invited to stay and play another round of games, while others are dismissed.

The audition lasts about two to three hours.

Those chosen to become contestants on the show will be contacted by mail, and this process can take a long time! It can take up to 18 months between auditioning and appearing on the show.

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