Wheel of Fortune contestant Kaden Nye stole the show in the Wednesday, February 22 episode of the beloved game show. Fans on social media can’t get enough of the teen player who walked away victorious from the game. And it wasn’t just viewers Kaden won over. He was so endearing throughout the installment that Pat Sajak declared he’s going to be Kaden for Halloween.
Kaden is one of the handful of teenagers competing in Wheel of Fortune‘s “Teen Week.” A homeschooled eighth grader from Smyrna, Delaware, the kiddo delighted viewers as he excitedly spun the wheel and nailed the puzzles and tossups. Kaden beat Sajak to the Halloween idea, though — he told the host he dressed up as the longtime host for the spooky holiday when he was in sixth grade.
See Kaden’s Pat Sajak Halloween costume in the video montage from tonight’s episode below.
You wish you were Kaden (I know I do) pic.twitter.com/3DZ6ooEAS6
— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) February 23, 2023
Outside of the game show, the middle schooler said he loves science and entertainment.
“I’m usually studying science, because science is really interesting to me. I’m a huge fan of science,” he told Sajak at the top of the half hour. In regards to his performance talents, Kaden drew delighted responses from the audience when he said, “I am triple threat, is what I like to call it.”
“And what would that be?” Sajak responded with a big smile. “Singing, dancing, and…”
“Coding,” Kaden replied, typing at an invisible keyboard while chanting, “Hack, hack, hack.”
The teen was living out a lifelong dream competing on the show, and he didn’t waste his moment. His animated reactions to just about every moment in the game were a big crowd pleaser, and he was a good sport to boot, rooting for his competitors throughout the episode and giving each a big hug before they left the stage.
Kaden didn’t win the final round in the end, but he went home with more than $19,000. No matter his monetary winnings, he won the hearts of viewers.
“OBSESSED with this kid Kaden on wheel of fortune tonight. He is so much fun!” one fan tweeted. “The energy of children. Wish I still had it!”
“Kaden on Wheel of Fortune is a freaking star!” wrote another. “Just has it!!!”
Check out more of the fan responses to Kaden on Wheel of Fortune below.
OBSESSED with this kid Kaden on wheel of fortune tonight. He is so much fun! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 the energy of children. Wish I still had it!
— Danielle Driscoll (@daniellepalecek) February 23, 2023
Kaden on Wheel of Fortune is a freaking star! Just has it!!! 🙌 😎 💫
— Good Grandpa (@DJRobbyRob313) February 23, 2023
Are y’all watching Wheel of Fortune? I love Kaden’s personality!!! He needs his own show!!! #WheelOfFortune
— SeductivelySexy (@SeductivelySexy) February 23, 2023
Kaden is the best, most electric player in Wheel of Fortune history
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 23, 2023
If I ever make it on to Wheel of Fortune, I hope to have as much energy and enthusiasm as Kaden.
— Mike C (@michael31_c) February 23, 2023
Wheel of Fortune Kaden is electric
— Tha Basement Boys 📉 (@ThaBasementBoys) February 23, 2023
Kaden is funny on Wheel Of Fortune.
— Simply A (@berealblack) February 23, 2023
Bless this kaden kid on wheel of fortune
— Christian (@BigCDog92) February 23, 2023
Kaden on Wheel of Fortune tonight is an absolute rockstar
— Andrew (@Tashville401) February 23, 2023
Sitting here eating dinner, watching #WheelOfFortune, these delightful teens are on this week. I don’t know who Kaden’s (kid in middle) parents are but they should be extremely proud of that young man, he’s going places! All these kids have restored my faith! 🙌👏 #TeenWeek pic.twitter.com/HMDJ18IPZi
— Felicia Hardcastle (@FeliciaHardcas2) February 23, 2023
Best #WheelOfFortune contestants ever. pic.twitter.com/AZNPVcsJrd
— No name girl that walked in jelly shoes (@Kimber_715) February 23, 2023
If your not watching Kaden on Wheel of Fortune tonight, you are missing out. 😃😃😃
— Dr. Vesna Markovic (@DrVesnaMarkovic) February 23, 2023
These kids on Wheel of Fortune tonight are hilarious & adorable.
— Lilly (@OneEclecticMom) February 23, 2023
Can someone please bottle young Kaden on #WheelOfFortune and provide his joy, kindness and enthusiasm to the world?!! What a sweet kid! Hugs and handshakes for his competitors every round! 😊
— Babil & Bijou (@babilandbijou) February 23, 2023
Kaden’s enthusiasm is amazing and can’t help but make me smile… But watching him hug his opponents going into commercial made my heart swell! What a great kid!! #WheelOfFortune
— Yasmin Docter-Vachon (@YazzyDV) February 23, 2023
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! each have teen stars this week. Jeopardy!‘s High School Reunion Tournament kicked off on Monday, February 20 and runs through March 9.
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