JEOPARDY! executives have hinted that two players in the now-airing Tournament of Champions scored an “advantage” over their competitors.
The Jeopardy! head honcho discussed how this year’s tournament season is a little different than in the past.
Instead of 15 past winners in the annual $250K event, there are 21 – and two of them just won via the Second Chance competition.
Having returned late last month, the two winners proved themselves and now have gas in the tank.
The rest of the legends returning have had months if not years since their last games.
Davies implied that they both now have an added boost since they had played most recently, and one did better than expected by anyone.
On Rowan, the blue-haired barnstormer who dominated their comeback opportunity – playing so well one of their games was a runaway, Davies said: “What a Jeopardy! player.”
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“They were in such form. How do you seed someone like that?” Davies wondered.
‘THERE IS SOME ADVANTAGE’
“There is some advantage going into the Tournament of Champions coming out of the Second Chance competition because you just played.”
“You just got reps. You’re right there,” he continued.
Producer Sarah Foss agreed: “We should say these [competitions] were [taped] just days apart. It was a quick turnaround.”
They seemed to hint Stephens and Rowan will not be slowing down – and champs like Amy Schneider may need to watch their back.
BRING BACK THE BRAINS
Jeopardy!’s brand new season premiered on September 12th.
Regular episodes and reigning ace Cris Pannullo will return later this month after the Tournament of Champions conclude.
As a result, fans are calling this Tournament of Champions the most “stacked” special the show has ever done.
The special will have quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a best-of-three finals all hosted by Ken Jennings, and will air at the usual time of 7 p.m.
Mattea, Matt and Amy will not have to play the quarter-finals and are getting byes since they went on such amazing streaks originally.
On November 8th (or Election Day) the show will air a “just for fun” secret practice match between the dynamic trio – it won’t count but will be one for the books.
Rowan and Jessica will play in the first round and will be back on-screen just days after getting their slots – if they win the first round they can face the legends they lost to originally (for Jessica, Matt – for Rowan, Matt too.)