Crowds of people converged on D.C.'s National Harbor with hopes of landing a spot as a lucky contestant on the hit show Wheel of Fortune.
“It's a lot of pressure when you’re on the real show, so we're trying to find contestants who we think can kind of hold up under that natural pressure,” said Senior Contestant Coordinator Shannon Bobillo.
Bobillo is traveling the country looking for people who she says has the “it factor,” - the hallmark of people who can play the game and have a little fun at the same time.
As part of the audition process, contestants will get to solve real puzzles similar to what you would see on the show. Hopefuls also got a chance to spin the wheel and then try to guess the names of two famous people in D.C.
Maryland resident Kristen Letle says she’s been watching Wheel of Fortune every night for years. She solved her puzzle correctly twice during the audition, and she’s hoping that works out in her favor.
"It’s a dream come true, I hate to even say that because its wheel of fortune but I’ve watched this for as long as I can remember and it would just mean the world to me,” she said.
Some contestants, like Ray Woodrick, didn’t have as much luck. But Ray and others got the chance to redeem themselves during the written test, and most everyone walked away with some sort of prize.
Of course, what all these potential contestants want is to receive that phone call in a few weeks, telling them they’ll be meeting show hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White in person.
“I would be doing some back flips, I’m calling my mom, putting it on Facebook, and then calling my boss and saying boss I’m going to have to take a couple of days off from work because I have to go win some money,” Woodrick said.