Contestants Share 13 Things About ‘Jeopardy’ You Don’t See On TV

If you’re one of the 25 million viewers who tune in to Jeopardy every week, you know why the fast-paced game show is one of America’s favorites.

But what you don’t see on TV are the hours of practice, weird techniques, and hectic schedules that make every episode special.

Here are 13 secrets about the show, as revealed by former contestants.

A local ‘Jeopardy’ tryout. Jon Bowman / YouTube

Every contestant’s journey to Jeopardy begins with a 50-question online quiz that is only available certain times of the year.

If you ace that test, you get invited to the auditions at a nearby city. There, you take another pop quiz, play a mock game, and get interviewed to see if you have the personality for TV.

Personality is a big part of the audition.NBC

From that moment you’re officially on the waiting list, and could be called to compete on the show any time in the next 18 months.

If you don’t get the call, you’re free to try again. It’s not unheard of for contestants to try more than 10 times before giving up (or finally making the grade).

Contestants get discounts at LA’s Doubletree Hilton hotel.Agoda

If you do get called to compete on the show, you have about a month’s notice to plan for your appearance (and do some extra studying).

Your airfare and accommodations are not covered by the show, so aim to at least win the second place prize ($2,000 before taxes). One contestant said that was just enough to cover the cost of her trip.


Jeopardy tapes a week’s worth of episodes in one day, so be prepared to play five games back-to-back if you manage a winning streak.

Each game is a lot faster than watching the show at home: you blitz through all the questions in just 15 minutes.

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The show expects you to bring your own clothes and style your own hair, but they will give you makeup for the TV lights.

The producers advise contestants to bring at least two outfits, in case you manage to win a game. But make it easy to put on, you only have about 10 minutes to get changed between episodes.


Don’t get any ideas: Alex Trebek is just doing his job, and he’s not known for chatting with the contestants during commercial breaks.

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Trebek will pose for a photo with you during the first round, and answers questions from the audience, but mainly he’s only interested in hosting the show.


Somehow, fans got the idea in their heads that contestants on the show get a “study guide” that tells them what to brush up on. Actual contestants say that’s not true at all.

In fact, the show’s writers make six sets of questions each week, which are randomly chosen by a separate company before the games.

‘Price Is Right’ Host Drew Carey Is Getting Married

Drew Carey, come on down…the aisle.

Yes, the game show host stunned fans when he announced that he’ll be tying the knot with his girlfriend, Dr. Amie Harwick.


Carey, 59, met Harwick, 39, at a house part last summer, according to TMZ. Harwick is a licensed marriage and family therapist, with a pair of degrees in psychology and clinical psychology. She also wrote the book, The New Sex Bible For Women.


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While the TV host and his new fiance have only known each other for a short time, it’s obvious that Carey is head-over-heels in love with Harwick.

On his Instragram account, Carey shared a photo of him and his future bride, with the sweet caption, “Face of a lottery winner.”

This will be the first time Carey, a notable bachelor, has walked down the aisle. But it isn’t his first engagement.

Carey walked away from another engagement in 2012, but has revealed that the relationship is still an important part of his life.

Steve Harvey’s Favorite Answer Of All Time – And 10 Other ‘Family Feud’ Secrets

America’s silliest question and answer game has a special spot in our hearts.

Since 1976, the show has been entertaining us with really dumb answers (even though we probably couldn’t do any better). If you watch Family Feud every day, you may be surprised by these 11 secrets about the show.

1. Boring families need not apply

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As the show’s producer and head of casting Sara Dansby explains on the Family Feud website, you need to show your silly side to make it on TV.

“There’s no such thing as too over-the-top,” she explained. “Pick the most outgoing members of the family when putting together your team. We love loud and energetic contestants.”

2. They cut out a lot of wrong answers

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Each round begins with a face-off question where members of the competing families go head-to-head. What you don’t see on TV is that both players will often get a wrong answer.

If neither player gets their team on the board, both of them go back to their original positions, and they re-start the round with a new question, like nothing ever happened.

3. There’s a practice episode for both teams


Like Wheel of Fortune, the format of Family Feud can be a little complicated. To get players warmed up and familiar with the studio, both teams play a practice game on the set. There’s even a stand-in Steve Harvey who hosts the phony game.

4. Thank a host for raising the grand prize value

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Older viewers will remember the Fast Money round used to award just $10,000. Producers didn’t want to raise the show’s grand prize until host Louie Anderson insisted.

Anderson grew up watching the show, and understood why people tune in at home: to see families win big bucks. “You’re rooting for those people who are playing, you really are,” he said.

5. They don’t tell you the survey is for Family Feud


Have you ever been called by Applied Research-West on the telephone? That’s the firm that takes the polls for Family Feud. They usually call and ask 30-40 questions which appear on the show in a month or less.

The bland name keeps people from giving really outrageous answers just to throw off the show.

6. A host got in trouble for his kissing habit

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As the show’s host in the ’70s, Richard Dawson was known for his bizarre habit of kissing the female contestants. Complaints poured in about Dawson’s behavior, and the host was forced to poll the audience to ask if he should stop.

The show’s producer, Howard Felsher, told The Washington Post, “I don’t remember the exact totals, but it was something like 14,000 who said ‘kiss’ and 300 or 400 who said ‘don’t kiss.’ It was that lopsided.”

Scary Moment As Drew Carey Almost Falls Off Stage During “Price Is Right”

Being on The Price Is Right is everyone’s dream! Especially when Bob Barker was host, the iconic game show was a staple in everyone’s viewing schedule. Whether you were home sick or you caught some reruns, you desperately dreamed of playing Plinko and bidding $1 on something (anything!)


After Barker left, though, Drew Carey took over and it left people skeptical. What would he bring to the table that could make people love him as much as they loved Barker? According to the models, at least, Carey was an improvement.

Before the hosting change, the models had felt extremely objectified, “but when Drew Carey stepped in, he was so very happy to make changes and bring Price is Right into a new era. We were all ready to become personalities rather than just look like models.”

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Carey become loved by most fans, so when they saw him take a nasty fall on the show, everyone held their breath, hoping he would be okay.

Former “The Price Is Right” Model Reveals What Drew Carey Is Really Like Off-Camera

The Price Is Right is one of the longest running television programs in America. Created by Bob Stewart, the original game show launched in 1956 with Bill Cullen as its host. In 1972, some changes were made, and Bob Barker joined the franchise as the host until his retirement in 2007.

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Finding a replacement for Barker, who had 35 years of hosting experience under his belt, was by no means easy, so CBS aired repeat episodes from Barker’s final season until a decision was reached.

On October 15, 2007, comedian Drew Carey made his debut as the show’s new host, after initially turning down the network’s offer to fill Barker’s big shoes.

As with any change, it took a little while for Carey to settle into his new role, and for the show’s longtime fans to get comfortable with the new host as well as the updated set, theme music, and logo.

It’s been a little over a decade since Carey joined The Price is Right, and now one of his former colleagues on the show, model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, is giving us answers to what the host is really like when the cameras aren’t rolling.

The Man Who Cheated To Win $1 Million, And Almost Got Away With It

If you want to win a huge cash prize on a game show, usually there’s just one way to do it: study up.

While you can learn the tricks and patterns used by game shows like The Price is Right, trivia contests like Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire are much harder to “rig.” That’s what makes Millionaire contestant Charles Ingram’s story so incredible: he discovered a unique way to cheat at the game show, and left with the top prize.


Ingram, a retired army major, competed on Britain’s version of the classic multiple choice game show in 2001, and he won round after round with ease. His final questions seems easy today, but back in 2001, when the internet was relatively new, it was a head-scratcher.

A number followed by one hundred zeroes is known by what name?


Against all odds, Ingram picked the correct answer (a googol) and won the $1.3 million prize. But a fellow contestant playing in the show’s Fastest Fingers section had been watching Ingram carefully during the show, and he quickly warned producers that something wasn’t right.

Tough Wheel Of Fortune Puzzle Cost This Grandfather The $1 Million Prize

It’s easy to sit at home on your sofa and say “I could have gotten that question right,” but under the bright lights of a game show’s stage it’s a different story.


Laurel and her grandfather Frank found that out the hard way while competing on Wheel of Fortune this week. The show was in Disney World for a special “Grandparents Week,” but even after putting their heads together, Laurel and Frank couldn’t solve the final puzzle. And that’s a shame, because it was worth $1 million.


Since the show introduced its huge $1 million prize in 2008, just three contestants have manged to win it. To earn the top prize, a contestant needs to collect the $1 million wedge, solve the puzzle it comes on, and land on the $1 million space during their spin in the Bonus Round.


And while all that takes good luck, it can seem like the $1 million wedge is actually a curse. A contestant lost his after solving – but mispronouncing – “CORNER CURIO CABINET.”


In another case of bad luck, an Indiana University student blew a puzzle he had already solved by mispronouncing “Achilles.” That slip of the tongue lost him $1 million, a car, and a trip to London.

But those clips don’t compare to the heartbreak we felt watching Frank miss his chance at $1 million. Let’s see if you can solve his puzzle:


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“Price Is Right” Contestant Pulls Move That Stuns The Audience And Drew Carey

The Price Is Right is an iconic institution on daytime television. Everyone knows it. Everyone loves it. And everyone has imagined what they would do if they ever made it on the show. Of course, it hasn’t been the same since Bob Barker left, but Drew Carey has done a way better job than anyone thought he might.

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The whole point of the show is to win big and make a gigantic fool of yourself (or at least that’s how I’ve always viewed it.) The selection process is extensive, and you basically have to throw dignity out the window.

“I am looking for energy, sincerity, and potential humor,” says the man in charge of selecting contestants. “And if they can equal my energy or exceed it and maintain it, they are at the top of the list.”

That’s why people were so confused when Kevin, a contestant on the show, seemed to break every single stereotype.

10 Huge Mistakes Everyone Makes On The Price Is Right

We’ve all seen hundreds of episodes of America’s favorite game show, but almost nobody realizes there’s a winning strategy for The Price is Right.

Ben Blatt, a Harvard grad with a degree in applied mathematics, managed to crunch the numbers in the show’s most popular games and created an all-in-one cheat sheet with tips for how to win. As it turns out there is a science to even the most “random” games like Plinko. We break down how you can avoid the 10 most common Price is Right blunders:

Mistake #1: Not impressing Stan Blits

Who is Stan Blits? He’s a longtime production assistant for the game show with a very special job: Stan screens every person in the studio audience, looking for contestants to “come on down” to Contestant’s Row, and he alone decides who gets to play.

Blits, seen here firing up the crowd before a ‘Price’ taping.Shared

You could know all the prices by heart and still never get a chance to prove it if you don’t impress San Blits while waiting in line. Luckily, Stan has revealed what he’s looking for: “energy, sincerity, and potential humor. And if they can equal my energy or exceed it and maintain it, they are at the top of the list.”

Mistake #2: Guessing on Contestant’s Row

How much is a new barbecue, a vinyl record player and a flat screen TV worth? The odds are whatever number you just thought of was too low. Blatt checked the data on Contestant’s Row bids and found they were almost always lower than the actual price.

Whatever they bid, the last person to guess the price has a 35% chance of winning this round. Always try to guess $1 higher than the highest bid so far. If you do this as the last bidder, your odds of winning are an impressive 53%

Mistake #3: Starting from the bottom on the Clock Game

We don’t expect you to know the average price of the Clock Game prizes, but Blatt assures us that they’re almost always between $500 and $1,000. Your first bid in this “higher or lower” game should be $750, smack-dab in the middle.

If you keep using that technique (for instance, if it was higher than $750 your next guess would be $875, because that’s halfway to $1,000) you can normally get the exact price in 10 guesses or less.

Mistake #4: Bidding low on the Cliff Hangers prizes

The aim of this game is to guess the exact price of each of the three prizes, because for every dollar you’re off the mark by the mountain climber rises one of the 25 steps. The trick isn’t to guess perfectly, but to bet smart to keep the price difference low.


Blatt recommends starting with $19 (which is usually very close to the first prize). Each prize is more expensive than the next, so once the first prize has been revealed bet $11 more (so after a $30 prize, bid $41). Your mountain climber should be safe if you follow this strategy.

Mistake #5: Ending a car price with 95 or 50

One of the most exciting things you can hear while competing on Price is Right is that you’ll be bidding on a new car. But many contestants mess up their chance to win their new ride, and host Drew Carey thinks he knows why.

He says that most contestants make the same mistake when they bet on a car: ending their guess in 95 or 50. Here’s his reasoning:  “Car payments end in 95, 50, and 99. And, when you look in the paper all you see is the payment, you never see the car price. In the ad, you always see the payment, so that’s why people say the car has got to be 98 or 95.”

Keep reading to learn how to master Plinko and the Big Wheel…

The Hardest Part Of Jeopardy Is Something We’d Never Consider Sitting At Home

“I’ll take “stressful game show appliances” for $600, Alex!”

Jeopardy has been a long-standing staple on weeknight television, with everyone always playing along to see how well they could do. Of course, if you get a question wrong you’re always worried Alex Trebek will somehow personally scold YOU.

Most people assume that the most stressful part of Jeopardy would be answering the questions, but it sounds like even just ringing with your buzzer could cause anxiety.

The Jeopardy website wrote a blog post, explaining how the buzzers work, and the formula behind it that we don’t see on TV.

Are you ready to learn more about the magic of the buzzers?