‘Jeopardy! Second Chance’ competition welcomes back past losers

‘Jeopardy! Second Chance’ competition welcomes back past losers

Fool them twice, shame on them — again.

The “Jeopardy!” game show’s Second Chance competition is set to air later this month and features 18 former contestants who lost their first time around.

Starting on Monday, Oct. 17, players who didn’t become champs during their previous “Jeopardy!” games will get another shot at the gold.

The series will air over two weeks and each week will spotlight three semifinal games and a two-day finale show.

The victor of each week’s episode will then score a place in the ultimate fighting ring: the Tournament of Champions.

The tournament is set to start when the Second Chance competition ends on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik have been switching off hosting duties for the current season. The pair gave their first joint interview about their emcee gig during Monday’s “Good Morning America.”

Jennings, 48, and Bialik, 46, spoke about the pressures of the job as well as living up to longtime host, the late Alex Trebek’s legacy. He passed away in November 2020.

Mayim Bialik (pictured) and former game show champ Ken Jennings have been hosting the long running quiz show since the death of Alex Trebek in 2020.

Jennings is a former “Jeopardy!” champ himself, having scored a win in 74 straight games in a row. He noted that hosting is harder than being a contestant.

“I mean, I had played so many games right here that I thought ‘I have a pretty good sense of what hosting is going to be like’ and then you realize hosting’s even harder because you basically have to do everything the contestants do, plus manage the game for them, plus manage the game for the home viewer,” he revealed on the talk show.

“I just feel so lucky,” he went on, adding that he holds Trebek’s memory close to his heart when he hosts. “To this day I still hear Alex echoing in my head every time.”

The “Big Bang Theory” star also feels a strong connection to the late host. “I feel like Alex’s presence is here,” she said.

The Second Chance game will begin on Oct. 17.
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Below is the full list of Second Chance competitors.

Week 1 (October 17-21)

  • James Fraser, a naval aviator from Newport Beach, Calif. (Season 37)
  • Aaron Gulyas, a community college history instructor from Grand Blanc, Mich. (Season 38)
  • Molly Karol, a certified public accountant from Austin, Texas (Season 38)
  • Tracy Pitzel, an accountant from Ellensburg, Wa. (Season 38)
  • Renée Russell, a branch office administrator from Baltimore, Md. (Season 38)
  • Pam Schoenberg, a dentist and entrepreneur from South Salem, N.Y. (Season 38)
  • Jessica Stephens, a statistical research specialist from Nashville, Tenn. (Season 38)
  • Erica Weiner-Amachi, a teacher from Philadelphia, Pa. (Season 38)
  • Cindy Zhang, a user experience designer from New York, N.Y. (Season 38)

Week 2 (October 24-28)

  • Sadie Goldberger, an interpreter from Columbia, Md. (Season 38)
  • Alicia O’Hare, a social worker from Long Beach, N.Y. (Season 38)
  • Do Park, a sportswriter from Minneapolis, Minn. (Season 38)
  • Tom Philipose, a writing professor from Forest Hills, N.Y. (Season 38)
  • Nikkee Porcaro, an educational consultant and business owner from Silver Spring, Md. (Season 37)
  • Jeff Smith, a music educator from San Diego, Calif. (Season 38)
  • Sarah Snider, a teacher from Fishers, Ind. (Season 38)
  • Rowan Ward, a chart caller, writer, and editor from Chicago, Ill. (Season 37)
  • Jack Weller, a law student from San Diego, Calif. (Season 37)

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