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‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant impresses, uplifts viewers

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Vanna White, a South Carolina native, and Pat Sajak, co-hosts of the television show "Wheel of Fortune" greet the crowd on the set in North Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2007. (AP)

Last night on “Wheel of Fortune,” viewers got to watch 21-year-old Trent Girone live out one of his dreams.

The Arizona native, who suffers from both Asperger’s syndrome and Tourette syndrome, was beyond enthusiastic to be on the game show. He impressively solved the first puzzle of the night with ease. His luck on the show eventually ran out—though he showed off some great puzzle solving skills—and he didn’t win the big prize.

Instead, he became a trending topic on Twitter as users took to the social media site to cheer him on. The hashtag #TeamTrent was a top trend on Wednesday night, with many in the Twitterverse expressing their happiness at seeing Girone on the show. 

He wrote in his contestant profile that the “Wheel” taping was “one of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE!” Girone added that he’s been watching the show since he was just 2 years old, and he thanked the game show for having him.

“I want to thank all of the contestant[s]…for taking the time to help me, and would like to thanks Pat Sajak for his assistance, as well. I have some physical challenges that they were aware of and they made sure I was safe and comfortable.”

Check out a clip from Girone’s “Wheel of Fortune” episode below.

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