Project Jeopardy

Next month, we’re going on a little road trip down to Miami. I’ve been invited to the callback audition for Jeopardy!*, which is very exciting for me — I’ve tried out for it several times, and this is the first time I’ve made it to the second round.

The callback will last from 2 to 2.5 hours, and will consist of playing a mock game and taking an additional trivia test, as well as some light interviewing. I don’t actually expect to make it into the contestant pool (I’m a fairly terrible auditioner) but I’m definitely doing it for the experience.

I just booked our hotel room this morning, and here’s what tickles me. We were looking at booking a room at the Crowne Plaza hotel — it was the cheapest of the nice hotels. Which still means that rooms were going for $160 per night. The other options were the ultra-fancy resort where the callbacks are taking place ($280/night) or the little mom-and-pop questionable-quality beach resorts ($40/night). We’re not fans of questionable quality, so we were going to splurge.

Enter Hotwire, which is one of my former boss’s favorite travel booking sites. They give you an ultra-cheap price, but they don’t show you the name of the hotel until you book it. In this instance, Hotwire offered a $75 room in a 4-star resort. Since we were already going to pay $160 for a 4-star resort, we decided to be bold and booked it.

Turns out the room is at the Crowne Plaza, exactly where we were planning on staying. But for 60% less. Man, I love the internets! And living in the future!

* You may be wondering if a Disney employee can appear on Jeopardy!, since the show airs on ABC. Turns out, the show is produced by Sony/CBS, so it’s those employees who are definitely ineligible. I’m not 100% sure about ABC, but we’ll find out. Sadly, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? blocks out all Disney employees, so I won’t be able to be on that show. And merely mentioning it makes me miss the Millionaire attraction here at WDW.

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  1. I’m just shocked you never made it that far with Jeopardy before. My sort-of-ex-boyfriend-but-not-really-my-boyfriend (it’s complicated) was on Jeopardy a while back, and he’s kind of an idiot. 🙂 Anyway, good luck! It sounds like the callback will be fun.

    I’ve been loving Priceline lately; I’d completely forgotten about Hotwire. I’ll have to try it next time we take a road trip. I mostly just like the Priceline iPhone app for the opening splash screen of Shatner busting through a fake wall.


    missy Reply:

    I’ve taken the Jeopardy quiz a number of times, including the college tournament way back when. I always get sunk with the sports and politics. This time, I think I just guessed the sports stuff right (for once).

    I’d love an app that had Shatner bursting into my phone. I wonder if there’s one for Android.


  2. Four years ago, everyone who passed the test was technically in the active pool. The interview/mock game were just how highly you’d be placed and how likely you’d be called to be on the show.

    But that was before the online test. I think that now they make you pass an in-person test to weed out people that were cheating online. But if you pass that, I think you’ll be in the pool. And since you’re not from Los Angeles, you should get on the show as long as you don’t completely blow the interview/mock show. (People from Los Angeles typically need to get into the active pool 3-5 years in a row and do exceptionally well in the try-out to get on the show, because so many people from LA try out and they want geographical diversity.)

    During the interview and mock game, they’re looking to make sure that you’re animated and speak clearly. You’re an improv actress, so that seems like it should be easy for you. Also they want to make sure you can follow instructions, but since you’re not an idiot you have nothing to worry about.

    My advice would be to keep a pen with a clicking top with you while watching the show. Every time Trebek finishes asking a question, click the pen repeatedly as fast as you can. (Wait until he finishes – that’s what you have to do on the show.) Being used to doing that will give you a leg up on the competition.


    missy Reply:

    You’re a prince among men for all this advice. I can only hope I luck out on the sports questions on this second quiz; that’s my biggest downfall. I think I just guessed well this last time.


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