Jasper woman competes tonight on popular game show
by Ron Harris
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Dorothy Forsyth, a 2008 graduate of Winston County High School in Double Springs now living in Jasper, will appear on tonight’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” which airs locally at 6:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Carol Kaelson/Wheel of Fortune Publicity and Promotions
Dorothy Forsyth, a 2008 graduate of Winston County High School in Double Springs now living in Jasper, will appear on tonight’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” which airs locally at 6:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Carol Kaelson/Wheel of Fortune Publicity and Promotions
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Dorothy Forsyth, a 23-year-old Double Springs native currently living in Jasper, will compete on tonight’s episode of the wildy popular and long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

Tonight’s episode also kicks off the 31st season of “Wheel of Fortune.”

Forsyth, a 2008 graduate of Winston County High School and graduate of Jacksonville State University, works as a drug chemist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Hoover.

She is the daughter of William and Sharon Forsyth of Double Springs.

A longtime fan of “Wheel of Fortune,” Forsyth said when she applied to be on the show, she had no idea that she would be selected.

“It started after I graduated college,” she said Monday. “I didn’t have a job yet, and I was sitting at home and I  just thought ‘I’m going to apply to be on ‘Wheel of Fortune.’”

After sending in the necessary paperwork, Forsyth said she had all but given up hope when she learned she would be on the show.

“After about six months, they sent me an email and said they saw where I really wanted to be a contestant,” she said.

That led to her sending in a video for producers of the show to view. “A couple of days later I got an email that said they wanted me to go to an audition in Atlanta. I went and made it through the audition, and about a week and a half later I got a letter saying that I was going to be on the show.”

Forsyth drove to Las Vegas in late July along with her mom and two sisters, Amber Parsons and Megan Bolton, and taping was held on July 27 at The Venetian.

“Las Vegas is an ideal location for ‘Wheel of Fortune.’ It’s all about the fun excitement of winning big money, and so are we,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune.”

“This is the third time we’ve taped at the Venetian and The Palazzo, more than any other Las Vegas location. Our friends at these two beautiful properties are gracious hosts and outstanding partners.”

Forsyth said being able to compete on the show was a dream come true.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “It was really overwhelming to begin with because we go in there and had to fill out all this paperwork and read the paperwork while they’re doing our hair and makeup and taping videos for promotional ads on TV and taking pictures. It was really overwhelming.”

Still, she said once the cameras began to roll, everything went smoothly.

“But it’s kind of a blur now,” she said. “I don’t remember half of what happened. When I watch it Wednesday it’s going to be a totally different experience.”

She said she had no fear of being on TV.

“I think I was more excited than anything,” she said. “I was a little nervous, because I didn’t want to mess up and make a big fool of myself.”

Forsyth couldn’t reveal how she fared on the show. Only she, her mom, her sisters and her boyfriend know the outcome, and they were all sworn to secrecy.

Other friends and family members will find out how she did at a viewing party she said, which is planned for tonight. “We’ve watched this show since I was a little kid,” she said. “As long as I can remember, that’s what we did every week night. Even after I’ve been on it, I‘ll continue to watch it. I love the show.”