Jeopardy ticketsSo, you've watched "Jeopardy!" at home, you've answered the questions, and you think you've got what it takes to become a Jeopardy contestant?

Don't be so sure.

This is the most difficult game show on TV. And it may be even more difficult to become a contestant than it is to actually play it on the air.

Every day dozens of wannabe contestants show up at the Sony studio in Culver City to try out for the show, all of them full of confidence, sure that they will ace the test. Less than an hour later, almost all of them are leaving, shaking their heads and wondering what happened.

What happened was a very difficult 50 question test.

They pass out the paper test, play a video where Alex Trebek reads the questions aloud, you fill in the blanks with your answers, and then they grade the tests. When they announce the names of those who have done well enough to continue, it's usually just two or three people in the room. The rest of the geniuses go home disappointed. These are hard questions, folks... Most of those who try out are probably bright enough to make good contestants - but most of them fail the test.

But even if you make the cut, that isn't the end of it. If you're smart and lucky enough to have passed the test, next you'll be asked to stand and tell the interviewers something about yourself. Then you and the other test survivors will play a little mock game of Jeopardy! What they're really looking for her is your ability to speak clearly and your grasp of the game's basics - don't forget to say "I'll take 'Empires' for $300!", in a nice, strong voice.

So finally, you get past all of those hurdles, and you know you're on the show, right? Wrong. They send you home and tell you to wait for a phone call if you made it. Of course, if you didn't make it, that phone call never comes, and you just keep waiting...

Well, if that didn't discourage you, and you still want try out to be a Jeopardy! contestant, just call Luci to schedule an appointment for an audition at (310) 244-5367 between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PST). Phone them about a month before you want to take the test. Contestants must be at least 18 years old.

On the other hand, if you'd just like to watch the show being taped, it's a lot less stressful. Just click here to learn how to get tickets. And if you're still looking to be a contestant, attending a free taping of the show first offers a good chance to see what the "Jeopardy!" studio really looks like, and to get a feel of what it is like to be standing behind that podium under the lights.


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