A Mississippi grandmother and her grandson are viewers’ newest Wheel of Fortune fan-favorite contestants. Retta Alexander and her grandson Julian Hernandez left followers cheering after they managed to nearly instantly resolve a bonus spherical puzzle as they competed on the long-running recreation present as a part of Grand Getaways week on Tuesday, Might 23.
Alexander and Hernandez breezed their means via the competitors, finally touchdown themselves within the bonus spherical, the place they had been confronted with a puzzle within the “Place” class. The pair had been introduced with a letter board that learn, “_ A N C _ / _ _ _ T _ _ _ E.” Because the clock counted down, host Pat Sajak telling them, “you will have 10 seconds,” Alexander and Hernandez could possibly be seen briefly whispering to at least one one other earlier than Alexander answered, “Fancy boutique.” The right reply not solely despatched the viewers erupting into cheers, but additionally added $40,000 to the $16,950 that they had already amassed throughout the recreation, which means the pair walked away with an general whole of $56,950.
The bonus spherical second amazed Wheel of Fortune followers, who flocked to social media to react. Commenting on an Instagram video of the solve, one viewer wrote, “One of many sweetest duos I’ve ever seen on Wheel so so completely happy for them!” On Wheel of Fortune‘s YouTube video, one other individual applauded, “Strategy to go, Retta & Julian! I by no means might have guessed that one!” On Twitter, any individual else called the moment “unbelievable,” including, “WOW.”
Alexander and Hernandez competed on Wheel of Fortune as a part of the sport present’s of Grand Getaways week, which sees grandparents paired with their grandchildren. In keeping with WLOX, the pair went via a collection of digital interviews to enter the competitors earlier than finally getting the greenlight to journey to California to compete. Alexander instructed the outlet, “I have been watching Wheel of Fortune since I used to be somewhat itty-bitty child. It is all the time been my dream to go on Wheel of Fortune. I got here dwelling with the prize of figuring out I fulfilled one in every of my lifelong goals and every thing.”
Because the pair’s household hosted a watch get together to cheer them on, Alexander and Hernandez proved to be fan-favorites from the get-go. On the prime of Tuesday’s episode, the pair opened up about their private lives, Alexander describing herself as a “mom of three stunning daughters,” whereas Hernandez shared that he’s planning to attend college or commerce college for jewellery and metallic work. The pair additionally instructed Sajak that they wish to cook dinner and watch TV collectively, with Alexander sharing, “when Wheel of Fortune is on, we’re calling one another one another. I am calling him from Mississippi from Phoenix to see if he obtained it earlier than I did. We’re very aggressive!”