‘Jeopardy!’ Drops Heavy Metal Question That Leaves Rock Fans Cheering

by Thad Mitchell
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When you conjure up an image of the popular game show Jeopardy!, heavy metal music is probably nowhere to be found. But, that is the beauty of Jeopardy! and its quest to provide knowledge for public consumption.

On Tuesday’s episode, Jeopardy! used two of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time in its clue package. It was a huge shoutout for fans of the music genre and one practically every metalhead could answer correctly. The clue fell under the $200 designation, which is considered among the game show’s easiest to solve. Two of the most influential bands across any genre, Pantera and Motorhead were the subject of Tuesday’s clue. The clue came under the category of “Music Genres” and was answered correctly by one of the contestants.

“Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power and Motorhead’s No Remorse made Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Albums of this genre,” the clue states.

It was Verlinda Johnson Henning, a human resources consultant from Memphis, Tennessee, that buzzed in first.

“What is metal?” she says. The answer was accepted as correct and she was awarded the points, though host Mayim Bialik says “heavy metal” is the full term. Henning was the returning champion but lost the episode on Tuesday to Los Angeles native Tim Lopez.

Jeopardy! Moving Forward Without Permanent Host

Actress and neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik, has drawn rave reviews for her Jeopardy! performance so far. Mostly known for her role on hit sitcom Big Bang Theory, Bialik has several supporters who would like her to get consideration for the full-time gig. Bialik’s Jeopardy! tenure will come to an end on Friday after spending two weeks on the job. Journalist Savannah Guthrie will assume the position the following Monday and will also get two weeks.

Since the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek, the Jeopardy! hosts podium has been a revolving door of celebrities. Former contestants Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen have spent time serving as guest hosts. National Football League superstar and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also took a turn. Journalists Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric and Bill Whitaker each had two-week tenures as hosts.

There is no official timeline on when Jeopardy! might pick a brand new permanent host but it could be later this year. To the surprise of no one, Ken Jennings has the highest Nielsen Rating score of all the guest hosts. Many Jeopardy! fans consider Jennings to be the greatest player in the show’s lengthy history. He is likely to receive consideration for the full-time job as his 6.0 Niesen score is quite impressive.