Earlier this year, Rachel Davis had the chance of a lifetime; to be a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Davis, a Schenectady resident and WGY morning producer for “Chuck & Kelly,” remembers watching "Wheel of Fortune" with her grandparents when she was growing up in Rotterdam.
“I’ve been watching it forever,” she said.
To catch Davis on the show, tune in to ABC/WTEN (Channel 10) at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Contestants are only allowed on the show once because so many people apply. According to their website, the show received over a million requests last year alone and fewer than 600 people were selected from that pool.
So when the Wheelmobile came to Saratoga Springs earlier this year, she decided to try out, but knew her chances might be slim. But she applied anyway. Her name was selected and she did a brief audition, calling out letters and solving puzzles. They accepted and a few months later she flew out to Los Angeles for filming.
“It’s filmed exactly how you see on TV,” Davis said.
Over the course of nine and a half hours, they filmed six episodes, which is a non-stop pace. “We were busy the entire time we were there,” Davis said.
The game show, which debuted in 1975, is hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. It’s one of the longest-running game shows in the country and has been syndicated for more than 30 years. Contestants have to solve word puzzles to win prizes, determined by the iconic wheel.
Since Davis had been watching the show for years, she was well prepared. She played the “Wheel of Fortune” game and worked on the three-letter word puzzles that tripped her up, recruiting her family for help.
But she also worked on show etiquette, something viewers probably don’t think much about. She practiced enunciating letters, yelling out different letters in the mirror.
Even though it felt a bit silly at times, she said, the practice paid off because there wasn't much time for it on the day that they filmed.
For more information visit wheeloffortune.com.