As a guest host on “Jeopardy!”, Ken Jennings has been front and center this season and seeing all this incredible talent firsthand.
This will be a season to remember, considering all the champions with long win streaks to come out of it. We’re on our third five-day champ in less than one month’s worth of games. How crazy is that?
Or, in the words of Jennings, how “nuts” is that? The “Jeopardy!” host took to Twitter early this morning after the game show announced that current champ Amy Schneider snagged yet another spot in the Tournament of Champions. She defeated previous five-day champ Andrew He just a week ago, who will also be moving on to the TOC.
“This season has been nuts. ANOTHER strong contender for what is shaping up to be an all-timer of a Tournament of Champions,” Jennings tweeted, reposting the official “Jeopardy!” post about Schneider.
This next Tournament of Champions truly could be an “all-timer,” as Jennings put it, meaning the best of all time. Let’s take a look at the serious contenders competing in the tournament come 2022.
Who Qualifies For This Epic Tournament of Champions on ‘Jeopardy!’?
Let’s start from the top of the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions Tracker. We have the historic, record-breaking Matt Amodio, who won 38 games earlier this season. He bested James Holzhauer’s record of 32 games, and only had Ken Jennings’ long-time record of 74 games left to beat.
But Amodio fell to Jonathan Fisher, who quickly racked up an 11-game win streak. Fisher and Amodio became the first back-to-back double digits champions in “Jeopardy!” history.
Fisher became unseated after his 11th game, though, and we didn’t see another long-term champion until Tyler Rhode came along. Rhode won a staggering five games, securing his spot in the Tournament of Champions. Then, Andrew He caught viewers’ eyes with an insanely close match where he only won by a $2 difference. He went on to win another four games until current champ Amy Schneider came along.
He started out in the lead going into a “Final Jeopardy!” round last week, but Schneider was the only one to correctly answer the question. He’s wagering meant Schneider won the match, and she’s now on to her sixth game tonight.
Aside from the contenders from this past season of “Jeopardy!”, fans might also see these competitors in next year’s Tournament of Champions. Seven-day champs Brian Chang and Courtney Shah are still in the running, as are six-day champ Zach Newkirk and four-day champ John Focht.
But if “Jeopardy!” contestants keep winning and playing the way they have been, then some of these four and five-day winners might get booted off before the tournament films next year.