One “Jeopardy!” contestant reveals the biggest emotional requirement to compete on the popular game show.
To be on “Jeopardy!”, you have to be sharp. Not just with your overall knowledge of a variety of facts, but with your mental stability. With that being said, one “Jeopardy!” contestant dishes on the requirement for competition.
‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Dishes On Strenuous Process
Jeffrey Mitchum is a 12th-grade English teacher at Vacaville High. He spoke to The Reporter recently about his time on the show. However, his episode has not yet been aired, so he was limited in the amount of information he could disclose.
Mitchum explained that he had to undergo numerous tests, quizzes, and rounds of strenuous preparation to see if he had what it took to be a contestant on “Jeopardy!”.
He started with a test online, which proceeded to another timed test online, which turned into a proctored test with a “Jeopardy!” crew member, which qualified Mitchum for a “gameplay” audition over Zoom. Sheesh.
So, what fans see on TV are only the best of the best of “Jeopardy!” contestants that applied.
At every step in the process, the question becomes even more challenging and more nerve-wracking. So, how do you prepare for it? What does “Jeopardy!” require emotionally and psychologically from each contestant?
Keep Calm And Carry On
Jeffrey Mitchum notes how you have to remain calm throughout the process. If not, you will get too much into your head and overthink.
“I think a certain type of stoicism is required, having gone through the experience,” said Mitchum, who earned a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Davis. “If you let your nerves get to you too much, it’ll sink you pretty quick. I think the biggest emotional requirement is not to let the stress get to you too much.”
For his “tape days” on “Jeopardy!” which the show recorded back in early March, the teacher dressed in “business casual” attire. That completes the requirements for the teacher’s visual readiness.
Furthermore, Mitchum admits that he was unsure “if there is a way to prepare emotionally” for appearing on a popular TV show like “Jeopardy!”. Especially one that attracts millions of viewers every weeknight.
He also says that you cannot prepare mentally for an experience like Jeopardy until you are there.
“Even with all the COVID protocols,” added 35-year-old Mitchum. “It’s just so big, it’s really hard to conceive until you get there.”
According to the news source, Jeffery Mitchum will compete on “Jeopardy!” tomorrow (June 1) night. Based on his interview, how do you think he fared.