Asia Reid of Birmingham won big on Wheel of Fortune Friday night, taking home $75,748 in cash and prizes. (Wheel of Fortune)
Asia Reid of Birmingham won big on Wheel of Fortune Friday night, taking home $75,748 in cash and prizes. Including in her winnings are two vacations, one to St. Lucia and another to London.
Reid Asia won $75,748 in cash and prizes, including a trip to St. Lucia and London.
A Birmingham woman is hoping to become the next big winner on Wheel of Fortune Friday night.
Asia Reid is in Los Angeles and will be a contestant on the popular game show that airs at 6:30 p.m. on ABC 33/40.
Her stepfather, Dr. Gregory Clarke, said she had to take tests and go through an interview process before earning a spot on the show.
Im hoping that she doesnt get nervous, said Clarke, who expects Reid to do well if she plays the game like she does when shes watching on television.
If she relaxes she will do very very well.
Growing up I used to watch Wheel of Fortune regularly at home. I was a Spelling Bee prodigy and always found myself solving the puzzles quickly, sometimes with only two letters showing. As I got older, I would watch Wheel with my best friend and her son and they would always get annoyed when I solved the puzzles out loud with only a few letters showing while they were still stumped. They used to ask me to play along in my head, so I wouldnt ruin it for them!
I decided to apply online for the show about a year ago, and I was really excited to be called for the audition! While playing my first round at the audition, I called a letter that had already been called and was so worried that I had just ruined my chances on my first try. Luckily I think I made up for it later on by doing really well on the written test.
How did being on the show compare to watching at home?
Watching at home is definitely easier than being on the show. At home you dont have the pressure of whats at stake like you do when you are on the show. When youre playing at home, you can play with the letters that the contestants on TV are calling. Its a whole new ball game when you have to come up with the letters yourself. Also being on stage with Pat & Vanna adds another layer of pressure, they have seen so many contestants and so many shows and I wanted to do well in front of them!
What was it like meeting Pat & Vanna?
Pat and Vanna were so cool! They were both very nice and I could tell that they were genuinely excited for all of us contestants and wanted us all to win, which is so great considering how many contestants they have met during their time on the show. They do a great job at making all of the contestants feel comfortable.
What is your favorite part of the entire experience?
Being on Wheel of Fortune was truly a once in a lifetime experience not just for me, but for my family and friends. Im originally from Birmingham and have only lived in LA for a few years. In the South, game shows and the Hollywood experience is a really big thing. When I told people that I was going to be on the show, it was mass hysteria. I had my family, friends and the whole community calling me to congratulate me and ask me questions! I knew that anything that I won wouldnt just help me but it would help my entire community.
When it came to the actual taping, I knew I wasnt alone there up on the stage. It felt like there were thousands of people with me, from my family and friends to my entire community back in Birmingham who are all such big fans of the show. It was so great to be able to share this amazing experience with them!
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