Rural Ludlow woman to appear on 'Wheel of Fortune'

CULVER CITY, Calif. — Brenna Schluter has a word of advice for people who are considering becoming a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.” They might want to start working out.

“The wheel, it is heavy,” said Schluter, who will be a contestant on the show at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, on WAND. “They give you spinning lessons ahead of the show.”

Another wheel surprise, she said, “It’s a lot smaller than it appears on TV.”

The 32-year-old Schluter, who lives with her husband, Ben, and their two young children in rural Ludlow, taped her segment July 31.

She’s bound to secrecy on how she did.

The “Wheel” contestant traveled to the Culver City, Calif., taping with her husband and her good friend, Ellen Lee of Paxton. Schluter just wanted to cover her expenses to California.

If length of viewership is any indication, Schluter might have done well.

I’ve watched it since I was a little girl,” she said. “It’s kind of synonymous with dinner.”

A nurse practitioner at The Paxton Clinic, Schluter said she is also a fan of the show’s two stars — Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

White came out to meet the contestants and the audience prior to her show taping, Schluter said, while Sajak waited until the show began to meet everyone.

“It was kind of like that dreamlike state,” Schluter said of being on the show. “It was a lot of fun.”

She called being a “Wheel” contestant “exhilarating.”

Schluter was surprised she made it onto the show at all. After passing the first round of tests when she and Lee traveled to Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth in June, she was called back, but didn’t feel she did well.

“They give you a time to test you with partially filled-in puzzles,” Schluter said. “There’s 16 of them. They give you five minutes. I only answered eight. The others were left blank.”

When the coordinators graded each contestant’s tests, they eliminated “half the room,” and that included Schluter.

But those who didn’t make the grade were told that if producers felt they were a good fit for the show, they’d receive a letter in two weeks. Schluter said she didn’t think she had much of a chance, but her letter came 16 days later.

The day before the show taping, the Schluters and Lee “did all the touristy things in L.A.,” Schluter said.

And one of those was finding Sajak’s and White’s stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She had her photo taken with both.

She was surprised to find the pair’s stars weren’t together. Instead, they were a mile and a half apart. She ended up using Google to locate each one.

One of the highlights was climbing a lookout point to catch a good view of the famous Hollywood sign.

Schluter said her only regret about being on the show was when she introduced her husband. Guests usually use some form of complimentary adjective to introduce those who are with them.

Afterward she asked him how she did. He said “fine” but then looked a little sad.

“He said, ‘I didn’t get an adjective,’” Schluter said.

So, she’s making amends:

“He’s my wonderfully, ridiculously good-looking, super-duper husband.”


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