|Forum topic by bunkie||posted 07-28-2012 02:39 PM||1594 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
07-28-2012 02:39 PM
For anyone who’s interested, I’m in California where, on Tuesday, I was a contestant on the American game show, Jeopardy! (the exclamation point is part of the name).
The show will air on Friday, September 21st.
It was an incredible experience. They tape five shows at a time. I wasn’t picked until the last show. On one of the earlier shows (the one that will air on September 17th), one of the categories was furniture. That one stumped the three players on most of the question.
For those of you outside the United States, this is a very popular game show where the contestants have to answer questions. There is a game board with six categories and five questions in each category.Each question has a dollar amount and the questions get harder for the higher dollar amounts. Wrong answers penalize you. The player who gave the last correct answer chooses the question. Each player has a signaling device (a button) and signaling determines who gets to answer the question. There are two rounds and, at the end, there is a single question in a pre-chosen category that all players must answer after wagering. The player with the highest dollar amount gets to keep the money and the second and third-place contestants get $2000 and $1000. The champion goes on to appear in the next game.
I had a great time. The other contestants were all very good and the staff of the show was incredibly helpful. Playing the game was exciting and stressful as there’s real money at stake. Several people told me that my game was the most exciting of the day. I was up against a formidable champion with cat-like reflexes. I won’t tell you the outcome, you’ll have to see for yourself.
The time went so quickly. This was the dream of a lifetime for me. I’m so glad I got the opportunity. About 100,000 people try out each year and only 400 are picked, so even making it to the show is something of an achievement.
By the way, if you do watch, I’m the one standing in the middle position.
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