How we got picked to audition for Wheel of Fortune

As I’m typing this Stephanie is trying to pick out an outfit to wear for our Wheel of Fortune audition, which is this Tuesday in Las Vegas. Yep, you heard me correctly, in about a day we’re heading back out to Las Vegas so that we can audition for Wheel of Fortune. Now as you can probably guess, Wheel of Fortune isn’t always shot out in Las Vegas — it’s shot in Los Angeles just like every other TV show. They’re shooting a couple weeks of episodes at the Venetian in July, which is why they’re auditioning in the Sin City.

Of course, we knew nothing about these auditions. A few hours before catching our flight back to San Francisco, we planned on just walking the strip a bit so that we could check out some of the new casinos, but as we were walking through the Venetian we saw a couple of signs that pointed to Wheel of Fortune auditions. We knew nothing about these auditions and had no idea when they were going on, but for some reason we decided to go check it out to see what the deal was.

Once we made it to the theater where they were signing the people in who were wanting to audition, Stephanie and I noticed that the next auditions were in about 30 minutes. I wanted to give it a shot, but since it would last about an hour or so, it would be the last thing that we could squeeze in before we had to grab our bags and head to the airport. As you probably know, we’re never really a couple who likes to pass up opportunities, so we eventually decided that we should give the audition a shot.

Along with a few hundred other people who were wanting to get the chance to get on stage we filled out these little, blue cards with some basic information about ourselves and then once they were ready for us, we all headed into the theater. Once we walked in we first heard the famous Wheel of Fortune theme song and quickly noticed that there was a small Wheel of Fortune setup on the stage complete with life-size cardboard cut-outs of Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Once the theme music stopped and the hosts (they had their own versions of Pat and Vanna) started up the game we quickly realized how they were going to format this audition.

  1. They had all of the blue cards in a big drum and they would pick out names in groups of five.
  2. The five people picked will get their picture taken, will go up on stage, will have about 30 seconds to talk to the host (personality test) and then will play one puzzle against each other (game test).
  3. After the five people finish with the puzzle the next five will get picked and the games will continue for an hour.
  4. If any of the people who get picked catch the eye of the people managing the auditions, then they will get emailed a day/time for a second, more serious audition. This is what we’re about to do on Tuesday.

After about the third or fourth group of five people, wouldn’t you know it that Stephanie got picked to go on stage and as she was leaving the stage she was told that they would be emailing us about sweethearts week, which they’ll be shooting in the Venetian as well. So, this is what we’re going to be auditioning for, which I think is pretty sweet. the only thing better than going on Wheel of Fortune is going on Wheel of Fortune with Stephanie. :)

Since we’ve been invited back for another audition we decided to get serious about learning all about Wheel of Fortune, so we have been watching it on TV and we also downloaded the Wheel of Fortune app for our iPad (which has helped a lot). The game isn’t too complicated, but there are definitely some things that we didn’t know, but I think that we’re pretty much up to speed on everything. We’re going to keep on practicing until Tuesday, just to make sure we’re ready to get after it.

We’ll keep you all updated and be sure to watch the video of Stephanie’s chat with the Wheel of Fortune host during her audition, which got us into the next round.

UPDATE: Here’s how our audition went!

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11 Talkies! to “How we got picked to audition for Wheel of Fortune”

  1. Funride on June 7th, 2010 1:32 am

    OK now this was fun! Even though I never really met you guys I really enjoy to know what you have been doing… after watching this video and listen to Steph (and knowing how funny Hup can be) I´m sure you are going to win this one. Good luck!!! ;)

    Have fun,

  2. Kyle Hupfer on June 7th, 2010 7:25 am

    I have almost no doubt that you guys will somehow end up on the show!

  3. Karen Hartline on June 7th, 2010 1:21 pm

    Seriously…you two are so funny and amazing. I love living vicariously through your adventures. Crossing my fingers for you as I’ll be in Vegas in July as well. ;) What’s that? Yes–of course you’re invited to the wedding.

  4. Angie Hupfer on June 7th, 2010 1:29 pm

    I’m so excited!! I can’t wait to hear you made it. I need a reason to get to Vegas this year!

  5. Christen Buman on June 8th, 2010 9:01 am

    You guys rock! Steph that was a great interview on stage. You are a natural. I have NO DOUBT they will pick you guys. What a great team you are!!

  6. Kylie Hunt on June 8th, 2010 1:16 pm

    Cracking up.
    Only you guys, though. I’m super jealous that you guys get to do the coolest things ever! :)
    Jeremy and I watch Wheel every night - yes, we’re now old and married with a 15-week old baby - what a better way to spend our 7:00 half hour than with Pat and Vanna.
    If you need help figuring out “Things” in the final category, give me a shout! :)
    Good luck!

  7. Brad Petak on June 9th, 2010 2:36 pm

    Hey, that’s great news. I happened to be in the audience when the above was taped (alas, my little blue card was not picked) and I commented to the folks next to me that y’all would be getting a call…

    Best of luck - hope to see you on TV soon!

  8. Thoughts on our awesome Wheel of Fortune audition : Hup and Steph on June 13th, 2010 10:16 pm

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  9. Melissa Gindling on July 15th, 2010 6:53 am

    Steph did GREAT!

  10. The Wheel of Misfortune : Hup and Steph on February 20th, 2011 11:24 pm

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  11. tricia gower on January 12th, 2014 2:39 pm

    How long after your final audition did you recieve a letter saying you’d made it? My life’s dream is to be on that show and i had my final audition in Terre Haute Indiana on Dec 5th… felt like i did awesome, solved three puzzles, answered questions, smiled and clapped a lot. They told us two weeks but one woman waited three months before her letter… Im holding out hope….

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