New details have finally been revealed about the 2022 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, which will be held this November.
On August 15, on episode 3 of the “Inside Jeopardy!” Spotify podcast, hosts Michael and Sarah were joined by the 2017 Tournament of Champions winner and 2021 Tournament of Champions host, Buzzy Cohen, to reveal the line-up for the 2022 Tournament of Champions and discuss the new formatting to make things a bit more fair to all contestants.
Who Is Going To Be Appearing In The 2022 ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament Of Champions?
In the order of which it was announced, Jaskaran Singh, who won the National College Championship in February, and Sam Buttrey, who won the 2021 Professor’s Tournament, will be competing in the 2022 Tournament of Champions this November, which will be hosted by Ken Jennings. The Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time Tournament Winner will start hosting in September when season 39 returns and will hand hosting duties back to “The Big Bang Theory” alum Mayim Bialik in January 2023.
There will be three players who will proceed directly to the semi-final round, known as “byes” or “automatic qualifiers.” These three contestants will not have to play in the quarter-final rounds because, according to executive producer Michael Davies, these three champions are so far ahead of the curve that they felt that it might be unfair to put them in a lower bracket.
As many have already guessed, these three players are Amy Schneider, who won 40 games in January, Matt Amodio, who won 38 games when season 38 began in September 2021, and Mattea Roach, who won 23 games in May.
The rest of the contestants and their wins are Ryan Long (16), Jonathan Fisher (11), Brian Chang (7), Courtney Shah (7), Eric Ahasic (6), Zach Newkirk (6), Megan Wachspress (6), Andrew He (5), Tyler Rhode (5), Jackie Kelly (4), John Focht (4), Margaret Shelton (4), Maureen O’Neil (4), and Christine Whelchel (4). The final two spots are open for the show’s first-ever Second Chance Tournament Winners.
How Is The Formatting Of The 2022 Tournament of Champions Going To Be Different?
As explained on the podcast, the 2022 Tournament of Champions will consist of 6 quarter-final games, where the winner of each quarter-final advances on to the semi-final round. Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach, will automatically be added to the semi-final brackets. The 9 semi-finalists will each play their three games to determine the three winners that will play in the final matches.
The final match will work a bit differently than it did last year. This year, the three finalists will play until someone wins three matches, just like the 2019 Greatest of All Time tournament between Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer. Ken won that one – much to James’ chagrin – but it means that the 2022 Tournament of Champions could take as little as 3 days or stretch for 7 days, depending on who the finalists are and how well they play.
In other exciting news, Michael Davies and Buzzy Cohen discussed the possibility of displaying scores on the screen all the time, considering Jeopardy! contestants are able to see it when they play after taking a question from a listener. The conversation was transcribed by one Reddit user named H—sHospitals and can be read below.
“I do think that the future of Jeopardy! may not be putting the scores on screen the entire time, but it may be a second screen experience that is there so that you’re able to get live stats (which is something I’m working on in the control room is to get live stats in the control room, so that I know as the game is going on what’s happening with the buzzer),” Davies explained.
“We have the information, but it’s not put there in a form that is kind of like the box score (which Carlos puts together every single day on the show),” he continued. “I would love to get a live stat, and I think we would offer some kind of live stat during the show and allow you on a second-screen format to sort of get more of that information.”
Buzzy replied, “I don’t know if people at home know this, but a lot of the times when players hit a daily double they’ll be looking up and to the left, and that’s because all of the players have a live readout of the scores. And while you’re playing you’ll often see us—our eyes flipping from the game board up to the left, and that’s to see what the scores are between the different players.”
Davies added, “And the reason I wouldn’t put it on the screen the whole time is I think that you’re asking a lot of the audience to look at that information plus the clue on a single screen. And it would fight play-along. But I think a two-screen system would really work.”
So far, this is all the information that we have about the upcoming 2022 Tournament of Champions. Stay tuned for more updates!