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KLTV Goes Behind The Scenes Of Wheel Of Fortune!

It's countdown to show time.

Soon all eyes will be on these Wheel of Fortune contestants as they try to win "big money."

"It's the quickest 22 minutes of their life we tell them. So we want them to make every second count when they're up there!," says Wheel Of Fortune Contestant Coordinator Shannon Bobillo.

Scott Beck and Holly Hayes auditioned at a Wheel Mobile event in Fort Worth and beat out 6,000 people to make the final show.

"I solved my puzzle and it was 'Going For A Joy Ride' and it has been that," says Hayes.

Since these contestants have never been on television before, it takes a lot of preparation to not be distracted by all the lights, cameras and celebrities.

Contestants were constantly prepped by show coordinators.

Hayes explains, "They went through some of the do's and don'ts, what to wear, what not to wear."

Beck adds,"(They said) don't get in too big a hurry, take your time, look at the board."

"We were pampered by wonderful buffet meals, had our makeup touched up by airbrush cosmetics," says Hayes.

"Don't touch Pat (Sajak). They had to tell me that," says Beck with a smile. "(Pat) was a little worried. I was very excited."

Then it was time to practice spinning the wheel.

"I'm the only left handed contestant and they kept making me try to switch hands and see if that felt more comfortable," says Hayes.

The 4,000 pound staple of this show was harder to maneuver in person as I learned minutes before a real taping was about to begin when I got a chance to spin the wheel.

Appropriately enough, the answer to the first puzzle was 'Don't Mess With Texas'.

But it should have been don't mess with Scott Beck.  Winning more than $17,000 to make it to the final round he proved to be too hot to handle.

"Glazed Pots," says Beck solving the puzzle in the final round.

Beck walked away winning more than $55,000 in cash and prizes and he was just like other viewers at home who said, 'Hey I could do that too!"

Maybe I have this spinning the wheel thing down after all!

On Friday, we sit down with the stars of Wheel, Pat Sajak and Vanna White, as they mark 25 years of hosting the game show.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

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