- Mattea Roach, the current “Jeopardy!” champion, has shown she can easily read dozens of quiz clues.
- Roach was only $1 ahead of her nearest rival after the Final Jeopardy! Round on Wednesday’s programme.
Mattea Roach, the reigning “Jeopardy!” champion, has demonstrated she can easily decipher dozens of quiz clues.
But, in addition to demonstrating great buzzer skills, the phenom has had to prepare for a new obstacle that is becoming more difficult with each victory: coming up with entertaining anecdotes for each TV program.
The implications of dominating “Jeopardy!” categories like the 23-year-old are less well-known.
With 17 wins, Roach, who grew up in Halifax and now lives in Toronto, holds the record for the longest win streak by a Canadian and the eighth-longest run in the history of the quiz show.
Ken Jennings, the “Jeopardy!” champion-turned-host, owns the record with 74 straight wins in 2004.
After the Final Jeopardy! Round on Wednesday’s episode, Roach was only $1 ahead of her closest challenger. Ben Hsia’s total was exactly double hers, and they both got the final clue right.
Roach’s total winnings after 17 days are currently US$396,182.
When Roach was reached via phone on the day of her 13th episode, she commented, “It does get hard.”
“I didn’t watch Ken’s run all the way through when I was a youngster since I was about five or six years old, but I’m sure he was scraping the bottom of the barrel by the end.”
After the first commercial break, hosts Jennings or Mayim Bialik give each candidate a few minutes to tell the crowd about themselves; these personal nuggets are usually shown.
Roach has regaled them with tales of her first kiss, smashing her mother’s car in a parking lot, and being spat on at a comedy act in previous episodes.
She’ll need more storylines as long as she keeps winning.
Roach claimed her parents had assisted her in generating material, but there is a method to effectively utilize these personal anecdotes. She used to provide the show with “deliberately bland and generic stuff” when she initially started appearing.
“I didn’t want to go on and play one game and then have my anecdote in that game be something where I feel like I’m pumping myself up and presenting a boastful story,” she explained.
“But then we had a break in taping after my first four episodes, and I remember contacting the producer who handles the contestant anecdotes and saying, ‘I need to give you better material.'” Because the thing I sent you the first time was, to put it mildly, tedious. And I assure you, I’m more interesting than this.”
According to Roach, participants are given a sheet of questions with prompts to help them come up with stories. Her first was about her most valued possession: her father’s 1980s jean jacket.
Roach had amassed a total of US$368,981 as of Tuesday’s game.
She’ll also compete in the show’s Tournament of Champions, premiere this fall.
Source: Global News