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‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant loses $7K after mispronouncing ‘flamenco’

Instead of saying “Flamenco Dance Lessons,” Jonny said “Flamingo Dance Lessons.”.
Instead of saying “Flamenco Dance Lessons,” Jonny said “Flamingo Dance Lessons.”. Screengrab / 'Wheel of Fortune'

A contestant on Wheel of Fortune lost his opportunity to win US$7,100 on Monday night after mispronouncing the word “flamenco.”

The contestant named Jonny had a complete answer on the board reading: “Flamenco dance lessons.”

Rather than saying “flamenco dance lessons,” he said, “flamingo dance lessons” referring to the exotic pink bird.

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Host Pat Sajak buzzed Jonny for a wrong answer and the sign in front of him read “Bankrupt.”

Jonny looked stunned when Sajak asked another contestant to pronounce the dance and win the US$7,100 that he lost.

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“We need to explain what we all heard, and we know you meant to say it, but you gave us a ‘g’ instead of a ‘c’,” Sajak tells Jonny, who was still confused as to why he lost. “But we’ll look at things and make sure we did them correctly.”

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Many people took to Twitter to make light of Jonny’s mispronunciation.

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Jonny isn’t the only game show contestant to lose out because he used the wrong letter.

In January, a Jeopardy! contestant named Nick lost more than US$3,000 when he called Coolio’s song, Gangster’s Paradise instead of Gangsta’s Paradise.

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