Two medical residents at UNC Hospitals, Emily Newton and Pauline Filippou, will appear on the televised game show "Wheel of Fortune" this week.
Newton and Filippou met in their first year of residency four years ago. The best friends have since had weekly girls’ nights where they enjoy watching "Wheel of Fortune" and competing in the game contests from their homes.
This time, the pair will appear on this week’s “Girlfriend Getaways” competition on Thursday. The episode was filmed in January.
“It was just so cool,” Newton said. “I think the whole experience is very surreal. Pauline and I can’t even believe that it happened.”
Newton, a general surgery resident, said she grew up watching "Wheel of Fortune" with her grandparents. She and Filippou will watch their episode premiere this week.
“Everyone was super nice,” Newton said. “Everything was all laid out, and everyone who was there was super excited to be on the show, too. It was just a really cool environment.”
Filippou said it was fun and exciting to be on the show.
“Seeing Pat and Vanna, seeing a TV studio for the first time," Filippou said. "It was awesome, it was really, really cool.”
The idea of competing on the show came to Filippou when she heard that the Wheelmobile would appear in Durham about two years ago. The Wheelmobile travels across the U.S. to host auditions for anyone interested in competing on the show. Filippou has watched the show since middle school and when she heard about the opportunity to try out, she said she had to take it.