Hoboken Resident to Appear on Wheel of Fortune Tonight

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Game show fans will appreciate {and envy} this Hoboken resident’s determination to get on his favorite show. Brian Davis, after three years of auditions, is FINALLY making his dream a reality and was chosen to be on Wheel of Fortune — and his episode airs tonight {January 21, 2020}! We came across Brian in 2018 on Instagram when he tagged us in a photo sharing his excitement in getting on the show, so of course, we had to chat with him personally. Read on to learn more about Brian and his journey to Wheel of Fortune with a little Q+A {plus, peep his hilarious audition tapes, below}:

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About Brian

Brian has lived in Hoboken for three years and works as an accountant at a pharmaceutical company. Since 2015, he has been auditioning for Wheel of Fortune and on his last attempt {which almost didn’t even happen} he landed a spot on the show. Brian has some pretty close-knit friends that helped him create audition tapes {and starred in them, too} and helped him study and practice for his auditions. Three years and three auditions later, Brian is finally heading to the Wheel of Fortune where he plans to represent the City of Hoboken.

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Hoboken, New Jersey! We Made It! After four years of persistence, effort, and determination, my dream of becoming a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune has come true! The support of the 55,000 Hoboken residents along with the rest of the world has helped me in my effort to put Hoboken on the map! We are no longer New York City’s Little Brother! I would like to thank everyone who has been with me throughout this journey and hope you all enjoy the culmination of these four years tonight! Come out to House of Que in Hoboken for the 7:30pm debut! I Play for the People of Hoboken! #HobokenNeedsAHero #OurYear #ThankYou #PatSajak #VannaWhite #Hoboken #ABC7 #WheelOfFortune #WheelWatchers #WVW #namestache

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Brian’s episode airs tonight, January 21st at 7:30PM. He released the exciting news via his Instagram account {which you’ll remember is how we first came across him}. His show debut, however, isn’t simply for fun. Brian donated the profits from his winnings to the Hoboken Shelter. Fun for a good cause, that’s the way to go. 

How Brian’s Wheel of Fortune Journey Began

In 2015, Brian and his roommate were at McSwiggan’s in Hoboken for all-you-can-eat wing night and Wheel of Fortune happened to be on TV at the bar. Brian told his roommate that if he was ever on the show, he’d win — and they were inspired to make an audition tape {see all of them below}:

2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9BZ9KFkdNY
2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ch75_lIPdE
2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45dtutonSF0

The Three-Year Process to Get on the Show

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Brian submitted his first audition tape to Wheel of Fortune in 2015 and was accepted to an audition. He headed to New York City for his audition where he was in a room with 75 people playing on one large simulated board. Although he was feeling intimidated and not so confident, he was able to solve the puzzle and walked away with a signed Vanna White picture. Unfortunately, he was not selected for the show at that time.

The day came and I saw that my competition was 60-year-old men and women so I thought I had an easy road to Los Angeles. With 75 people in the room playing on one large simulated board, I realized these old women were ruthless. I will never forget the elderly woman next to me telling me she waited her whole life for this. As she was called up, she answered the category correctly and stared me down. Her intimidation tactics were real. I was shook.

In 2016, he again decided to submit a second tape and went to the audition in Brooklyn but unfortunately, did not make the cut for a second time. In 2017, Brian made yet another audition tape and decided to try his luck for a third time. He landed another audition but was unable to attend due to a vacation he already had planned. He pleaded to the contestant department of Wheel of Fortune and asked if there was another time and place he could audition and they agreed to let him audition in Washington D.C. on August 15th, 2018 — now that’s what you call perseverance. 

On September 3rd, 2018, Brian received his acceptance letter to be on the Wheel of Fortune in the mail. Brian told us back in 2018 that he will be bringing his brother Greg, sister Stef, friend Sami, and parents along to the show; he shared that he literally had over 40 people ask if they could join him — quite the hot commodity.

Support from Friends and Family

Brian told us that his friends have been a tremendous support system during his journey, even allowing him to quiz them constantly. Now that the show is airing, Brian’s friends and family will be throwing “watch parties” all over the country. His aunt will be throwing one in Maryland, and friends in San Diego, Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Pennsylvania will be celebrating the debut as well — talk about a support system! Brian also plans to have a watch party in Hoboken at House of  ‘Que tonight at 7:30PM, so be sure to swing by and say hi.

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Of course, we had to ask about some of Brian’s Hoboken + Jersey City favorites:

Favorite place to eat in Hoboken or Jersey City?

I am a huge fan of Cluck U. I hope to one day be on the Wall of Flame!

Favorite place to shop in Hoboken or Jersey City?

I support all local businesses in Hoboken since this is what makes our city so great. I find myself in Fleet Feet, Raf’s Deli, and Oran Boutique when I need to buy something. I also have spent a lot of time at Mile Square Physical Therapy for my bad shoulder. It’s the best physical therapy place I have ever been to.

Favorite workout spot in the area?

I worked out at NYSC on Newark Street for years, but since my new job has a beautiful gym, I work out here now.

Favorite spot to hang out with friends in the area?

You can find my friends and I at the Madison, McSwiggan’s, or Mad Hatter. I also play ball down on 4th and Willow at Church Street Park or just relax on Pier A.

What do you love most about Hoboken?

How can you not love a city where the people around you are the same age and have the same mindset about work/life balance? I can walk into Mulligan’s and cheer for Brazil during the World Cup, eat $5 all-you-can eat wings at McSwiggan’s, play dominoes at Maggie’s Place or dance the night away at The Madison on different days of the week. There is always something going on in Hoboken, but you are not overwhelmed by all the congestion like in New York City. Also, Frank Sinatra, Jr. is my guy so I pay my respects to him every morning.

But the one thing I love most about Hoboken, New Jersey is the people. The people of Hoboken have supported me on my mission to become the greatest Wheel of Fortune contestant to ever grace Washington Street and I am forever thankful! Two friends of mine, Leah Keller and Lindsay Duff, who currently live in Hoboken, NJ have been on the Wheel of Fortune and have done well. I worked too hard to get here and don’t plan on losing now. I wake up every morning scared. I wake up scared that those in Hoboken who played the Wheel of Fortune before me will say that I didn’t give it my all, that I wasn’t ready to be a champion. They passed the torch to me as a champion and made it my responsibility to make it and keep the championship in Hoboken. I don’t plan on losing now! This opportunity is not just a time for Brian Davis to win some money, this opportunity is God’s Plan. I am not playing to win a few dollars, I am playing to give hope to a city, I am playing for the underdogs overshadowed by the New York Citys of the world, I am playing for those who feel their efforts are rewarded. I play for the people of Hoboken!

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Wheel of Fortune + Hoboken

Here’s the thing — Hoboken has a history of residents making an appearance on Wheel of Fortune. Although Brian’s episode airs tonight, in September 2019, Mile Square local Julianne O’Connell appeared on the show and won big. Her WOF journey began back in March of 2018 and much like Brian’s journey, she finally got the chance to make her debut.

As for Brian, we wish you the best of luck on the show tonight — we know you’ll make Hoboken proud! Make sure to tune in and watch tonight.


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Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.