Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Majestyk, in Double Jeopardy!

 

A couple of years back, I let everybody here know that I had been invited to an audition for the game show Jeopardy! – mostly so I could be like Troy Senik – but alas, I never received the call to go to Los Angeles. That was all the way back in 2015. For those who don’t want to go to the trouble of reading my archive, (I’m flattered if you do) I’ll try to summarize briefly.

The process goes like this: You take the Jeopardy! online test and pass it (required rates of passage are not published; it is rumored to be 70-80%.) Upon successfully passing the online test, you may receive an invitation to attend a live audition with the contestant search crew. You will be administered a second test to demonstrate that you were not using your friend as a railbird or ringer for the online test; then you are invited to play a mock game of Jeopardy! with your fellow contestants to determine your photogeneity. You will be asked questions, as if you were going on the show and interviewed by Alex… And then you go home and wait.

The contestant coordinators tell you that your name is entered in the contestant pool for about 18 months, and there is a random draw for who gets called to Los Angeles. The show requires 400 new contestants annually and places some 1,000 into the contestant pool by my calculations. As I explained with my 2015 audition, the call never came and I timed out of the pool. Undaunted, I took the online test again in 2018 and received a call to audition in New Orleans, which I attended. By the time 2020 rolled around, I figured to have timed out of the pool yet again. Then last Friday happened.

While taking my son to visit Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, I received a phone call from California. Figuring it was spam, I declined. A few minutes later, an email arrived from the Sony Pictures Entertainment domain, asking to get ahold of me. Thus, did I find out that I had been invited to Los Angeles to seek fame and glory in front of Alex Trebek on March 10th or 11th.

To the best of my knowledge, the shows I appear in will not air until mid May, and I can’t give you any details even after the recording is done, but I know that the folks at home will be rooting for me in absentia. But I want to let everybody know: Persistence pays. Follow your dreams. You can reach your goals. I’m living proof. Beef cake! Beef cake!

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Awesome! You will definitely need to announce the dates when they’ve told you! I still remember seeing you on–was it Gretchen Carlson? Good luck!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:54 AM PST
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  2. JennaStocker Member

    Congratulations! I’m a big fan of Jeopardy, even though I only consistently have correct ‘questions’ when it’s Junior Jeopardy. 👍🏼 Well done!!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:06 PM PST
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  3. Shawn Buell, Jeopardy Champ! Contributor

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Awesome! You will definitely need to announce the dates when they’ve told you! I still remember seeing you on–was it Gretchen Carlson? Good luck!

    That is correct! Once I know the dates for certain, I’ll share.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:09 PM PST
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  4. Judge Mental Member

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Congratulations! I’m a big fan of Jeopardy, even though I only consistently have correct ‘questions’ when it’s Junior Jeopardy. 👍🏼 Well done!!

    It’s all about the categories.

    • #4
    • February 26, 2020, at 12:11 PM PST
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  5. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Maj, that’s great news. Congrats and good luck.

    • #5
    • February 26, 2020, at 12:21 PM PST
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  6. Lockdowns are Precious Inactive
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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:21 PM PST
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  7. Judge Mental Member

     

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:24 PM PST
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  8. sawatdeeka Member
    sawatdeeka Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    That is exciting. Keep us updated!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:30 PM PST
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  9. Shawn Buell, Jeopardy Champ! Contributor

    I’ll take Swords for $1,000, Aleksh…

    • #9
    • February 26, 2020, at 12:35 PM PST
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  10. sawatdeeka Member
    sawatdeeka Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment)

    Funny. I love the categories tailored to him.

     

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:37 PM PST
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  11. Judge Mental Member

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment)

    Funny. I love the categories tailored to him.

     

    See my earlier comment. If you get lucky, you sail through. If not, it’s grim.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:41 PM PST
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  12. sawatdeeka Member
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    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment)

    Funny. I love the categories tailored to him.

     

    See my earlier comment. If you get lucky, you sail through. If not, it’s grim.

    Yeah, I hate seeing ones like “Rivers.” Unbelievable that some players clean up the board with that one.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:43 PM PST
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  13. Vectorman Thatcher

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):
    Yeah, I hate seeing ones like “Rivers.” Unbelievable that some players clean up the board with that one.

    I’d rather have that category than any popular music 10 years after you graduate High School.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 12:55 PM PST
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  14. danok1 Member

    Definitely changed since I was on. We had the test and “audition” round on the same day (no online test then). It was a little nerve-wracking sitting there while the contestant coordinators read off the names of those who made the cut. After the audition game, we had to provide 5 topics/anecdotes for the interview segments with Alex. (This was when they cut you off after 5 wins.) Got the call in February of the next year for taping in March. It was fun next tax season, trying to figure out what I owed California.

    You’ll have fun, even if you don’t win. Listen to Alex as much as you can before you go for the tapings; you can’t ring in until he finishes the question, so you’ll need to hone in on his speech rhythm. And know your Oscar winners!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 1:07 PM PST
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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Alex Trebek is still hanging in there after his rounds of stage 4 pancreatic cancer and chemo. He said this in January:

    The host added that while he doesn’t foresee saying a final goodbye to Jeopardy! “in the near future,” he already has figured out how he will go out. He will ask the director to give him 30 seconds at the end of his final show, but said that he will do it “on a whim.”

    Bless his heart.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 1:28 PM PST
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  16. Annefy Member

    How fun! Good luck.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 1:31 PM PST
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  17. aardo vozz Member

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Congratulations! I’m a big fan of Jeopardy, even though I only consistently have correct ‘questions’ when it’s Junior Jeopardy. 👍🏼 Well done!!

    It’s all about the categories.

    “I’ll take ‘Stuff no one paid attention to in school, no one cares about, and has no practical use whatsoever’ for $400, Alex”😜

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    • February 26, 2020, at 1:34 PM PST
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  18. Shawn Buell, Jeopardy Champ! Contributor

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment)

    Funny. I love the categories tailored to him.

     

    See my earlier comment. If you get lucky, you sail through. If not, it’s grim.

    Yeah, I hate seeing ones like “Rivers.” Unbelievable that some players clean up the board with that one.

    Shoosh! That’s my whole strategy! That and obscure knowledge of flags.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 1:55 PM PST
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  19. Blondie Thatcher

    Dang, @danok1! I missed the fact you’ve been on Jeopardy! I knew we had a bunch of smarties on Ricochet, but how many have been on the show? I still can’t believe @troysenik missed that final question. 

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    • February 26, 2020, at 3:11 PM PST
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  20. Cryptonym: ltpwfdcm Coolidge

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment)

    Funny. I love the categories tailored to him.

     

    See my earlier comment. If you get lucky, you sail through. If not, it’s grim.

    Yeah, I hate seeing ones like “Rivers.” Unbelievable that some players clean up the board with that one.

    What is the Brahmaputra River?

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    • February 26, 2020, at 3:37 PM PST
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  21. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You’ve got a standard to beat. Troy won $28,700 in his victory game.

     

     

     

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    • February 26, 2020, at 4:16 PM PST
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  22. kylez Member
    kylez Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    to determine your photogeneity.

    Okay, I’m out.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 5:19 PM PST
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  23. Troy Senik Contributor

    Congrats, @majestyk! And best of luck.

    @blondie … I thought we all agreed never to speak of that.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:23 PM PST
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  24. Lockdowns are Precious Inactive
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    Troy Senik (View Comment):

    Congrats, @majestyk! And best of luck.

    @blondie … I thought we all agreed never to speak of that.

    I smell of horse.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 7:40 PM PST
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  25. Blondie Thatcher

    Troy Senik (View Comment):

    Congrats, @majestyk! And best of luck.

    @blondie … I thought we all agreed never to speak of that.

    Hahaha! 

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    • February 27, 2020, at 2:50 AM PST
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  26. Manny Member

    Congratulations! I thought only smart people get to go on those shows. Jeez, they let anyone on. :-P I’, m kidding. Wow, that’s great. Let us know when your show airs. I’d love to watch it.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 5:39 AM PST
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  27. Titus Techera Contributor

    Congrats. May lightly-worn erudition win you a fortune!

    There’s something about turning enlightenment into a show that interests me. Please let us know about all the human drama of success & rejection in all these matters…

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    • February 27, 2020, at 7:05 AM PST
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  28. Shawn Buell, Jeopardy Champ! Contributor

    Thanks for all the well-wishes, obviously. Hopefully, I can translate that into a big win. Otherwise…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvUZijEuNDQ

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    • February 27, 2020, at 6:14 PM PST
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  29. LC Member
    LC Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Heyyyyyy congrats! I’ve taken the online test every year since 2016. The test this January was the best I’ve done (finally cracked 80%) so I’m hoping I get called to the Chicago audition.

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:00 AM PST
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  30. LC Member
    LC Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Also, the Jeopardy subreddit is a great place to check out after these online tests. The lead guy records the tests and post them on YouTube after the tests are done. Just so you can check your answers and get a feel for how you did. Or pass it on to other people that want to try for fun later. For example:

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:14 AM PST
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