‘Jeopardy!’: Here’s How the Producers Make Sure There’s No Cheating

by Evan Reier

With thousands of dollars and television glory on the line, the possibility of cheating during hit quiz show Jeopardy! is apparent.

However, the show basically ensures that anyone stooping to that level will be out of luck. The wholesome competition of Jeopardy! is something people love, and show creators won’t let it be disrupted.

This is why Jeopardy! takes steps to prevent the possibility. According to Buzzfeed, this includes picking games at random.

On a filming day for Jeopardy!, five episodes are recorded in a single session. Before the games get underway, a pool of six options is sent to a compliance officer.

The compliance officer then selects the games at random on the day of filming. This means that contestants have no way of knowing, or even getting a hint, to what’s coming.

It may seem unnecessary to go to such lengths, but the show has created a reputation for being a legitimate competition. Jeopardizing that is obviously not in the interest of the show or its backers.

Jeopardy! Contestants Go Through Extensive Process

Recently, Outsider.com’s Kayla Zadel did a bit of research about the process to become a contestant. While being knowledgeable is an important part of applying, it also requires some uncontrollable variables to go in one’s favor.

This is because Jeopardy! has a 0.4 percent acceptance rate. As Kayla put it, you have better odds of writing a New York Times bestseller than getting on the quiz show.

But before luck takes over, there is a Jeopardy! test you have to pass. Upon passing, potential contestants then wait for their name to be called for an audition.

Currently, the show does the first step of auditions online and remotely. But another test awaits after an audition, as well as a mock version of the game.

But even if that all goes well, another stroke of luck is required. The show has a contestant pool that can have potential competitors sitting for up to 18 months before getting their name called, if it ever is.