‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Reveals What Staff Continually ‘Stressed’ During Her Appearance on Show

by Halle Ames

What is one of the most important aspects of the popular game show Jeopardy? What is… The answer.

Jeopardy is unlike any other game show of its kind due to its intelligence and not luck-based questions. In addition, when answering every question, you must phrase it as a question, starting with “what is…” or the answer is deemed incorrect.

So what is the color of the sky? If you answered blue, you are incorrect. However, if you answered “what is blue?” you are correct, which we find confusing. Are you asking us what the color blue is, or are you just trying to answer the question in its proper form?

According to The Mercury News, this contestant recounts her time on Jeopardy. She says that staff continuously emphasized phrasing the questions as answers.

“The staff stressed the consuming importance of answering in the form of a question, and everyone got a turn at the podium to practice, to get the rhythm of the clues and figure out when to ring in. The buzzer’s not heavy or difficult to use — it’s like pushing the top of a pen — but if you ring in before the host finishes, you’ll get locked out for a fraction of a second. Getting that timing down was much tougher than I expected.”

Get Rhythm on Jeopardy

The Jeopardy contestant notes that phrasing the question wasn’t her ongoing issue. It was buzzing in at the correct time. Apparently, this is something a lot of contestants struggle with.

“My struggle was one I’ve read is very common: I couldn’t get the timing right on the buzzer. The contestant coordinators explained to me during the first commercial break that I was ringing in about a half-second too fast. I buckled down and concentrated on listening for Whitaker’s final word. That helped.”

However, concentration alone didn’t prove to help overcome the Jeopardy contestant’s nerves. Word vomit reigned supreme.

“Unfortunately, I got stung by four wrong answers. Two of them I clearly knew, but the nerves got to me. I knew Billings is the largest city in Montana, but I somehow said, Bozeman. And my lack of knowledge of Greek hurt me on a Daily Double.”

Don’t worry. We get it. Have you ever given a public speech and just black out any recollection of it due to nerves? Oh, is that just me?

The woman reveals that she took home second place as well as $2,000. So, who is the real winner here?