The annual “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions is down to just three contestants as they battle for prize money and a spot in game show lore.
The yearly “Jeopardy!” tournament began last week with 15 past winners competing for the championship crown. Through the first two rounds, 12 contestants were eliminated bringing the last three survivors to the tournament finals. The Tournament of Champions brings back only the best of the best from a pool of previous “Jeopardy!” contestants. Only multi-game winners with high winning totals qualify to compete in the championship tournament. The competition has been fierce all the way through the event and will get even more intense with the two-day finale upon us. Competing for this year’s Tournament of Champions crown are Jennifer Quail, Sam Kavanaugh and Veronica Vichit-Vadakan.
On Friday, “Jeopardy!” put out a brief video teasing the intense final round competition. The clip features each of the contestants speaking on what a win in the Tournament of Champions would mean to them. Current guest host Buzzy Cohen also appears in the video and notes there can only be one winner.
“Day one of the finals starts today — don’t miss it,” the Thursday morning social media post says.
‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Welcome Tournament of Champions Finals
Fans are definitely excited for the “Jeopardy!” tournament finals as many replied with their choice to win it all. Others had a hard time picking an eventual winner and instead will be rooting for all three of the finalists.
“Hard to choose a favorite,” one “Jeopardy!” fan and Instagram user says. “All three finalists are amazing.”
Cohen gets the final say in the short teaser video, declaring the final round will reveal the best player.
“Now this is how you play ‘Jeopardy!,'” he says as the video ends.
Cohen, a favorite of the late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, has done an excellent job behind the lectern where Trebek once stood. During his initial run on the show in 2016, Trebek dubbed him “Mr. Personality” for his high energy and quirky, but charming, charisma. Cohen won the 2017 Tournament of Champions, claiming the $250,000 grand prize. He would return in 2019 as the captain of a “Jeopardy!” all-star squad.
Already a “Jeopardy!” fan favorite, Cohen has impressed during his two-week hosting tenure, which will end on Friday. Many fans would like to see him receive consideration for the permanent hosting job. His performance during this year’s Tournament of Champions did nothing to deter that support.