Brigham Young University has a history with “Jeopardy” — BYU graduate Ken Jennings holds the record for the longest “Jeopardy” streak at 74 games, and the school itself was featured as a clue on last year’s college challenge.
Monday, June 26, two more BYU attendees — one an alumna, the other a current student — will compete for their chance to win cash prizes and be recognized as Utah’s new reigning trivia masters.
Pleasant Grove resident Elisabeth Larsen and BYU senior Brandon Randall are set to face off against Friday’s winner on KJZZ Salt Lake City at 6:30 p.m.
The audition process
The “Jeopardy” audition process consists of three knowledge tests, one mock interview and a lot of waiting.
First, contestant-hopefuls take an online test, which is offered twice a year. Larsen took the test three times before producers contacted her, and Randall took it five times — twice for “Jeopardy’s” teen challenge, twice for the college challenge and finally as an adult contestant. The test consists of 50 questions in 50 different categories and takes about 12 minutes to complete. Contestants who get enough correct answers (generally at least 35 out of 50) are entered into a pool to be selected for an in-person audition.
At the in-person auditions, contestants take another computer test before participating in a mock “Jeopardy” game. They also practice answering the types of interview questions host Alex Trebek might ask on the show. People who do well in the in-person audition are entered into a pool of competition candidates for a period of 18 months, after which they can re-audition if they weren’t selected to appear on television.
The phone call
“I’ve watched ‘Jeopardy’ ever since I…