The call is for 12:45. They like to have the contestants wait for 15 minutes, unshaded, in the blistering heat of an LA Summer afternoon. Maybe they think it builds character. There is a sign, "Wheel of Fortune contestants wait here." The sign is not by the door the contestants use to enter the building. Apparently, they want to keep us out of the way.
Finally, just at 12:45, we are ushered into the over-air-conditioned lobby, where we sit for a few minutes until all of us arrive. Greg comes to take us to the Wheel of Fortune contestant room. We have been told taping will not start until 3:15 at the earliest, which is when our guests are allowed to arrive. What can they possible do with us for 2.5 hours? Plenty, as it turns out.
But better than all the cash and prizes was the chance to fulfill a dream of being on a game show—in fact, my resumé line item of "Wheel of Fortune Contestant" is a fantastic ice breaker when interviewing for a job.
While my journey may be a little different than yours (I tried out as a college student for Big 12 week but was selected to appear as a contestant on a regular show), my experience allows me to have an insight into what the Wheel of Fortune contestant team looks for in the audition.