Whether it’s rotating co-hosts Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik, Hall of Fame inductee Amy Schneider or the various specials, such as the recent National College Championship, there’s been a lot of social media buzz around this latest season of 'Jeopardy!' It doesn’t seem like the show is done making waves just yet, though, as a long-requested event is finally becoming a reality.
On February 9, executive producer Michael Davies announced the addition of a Second Chance Tournament, while addressing audience feedback around the National College Championship. While Davies didn’t divulge a ton of details about the new event, it was revealed that the Second Chance Tournament will be “slot it in right before the ToC [Tournament of Champions],” exclusively featuring contestants that have appeared after last season’s ToC. The fourth-place finisher from the National College Championship will earn a spot in the Second Chance Tournament and, in turn, at least one contestant from the Second Chance Tournament will earn a spot in the ToC.
Show host and 'Jeopardy!' Hall of Famer Ken Jennings Tweeted a link to the announcement, saying “After almost two decades of people asking me about this… it’s finally happening!”
Feedback from the announcement has been mostly positive on social media. Meanwhile, contestants from previous years have since been voicing their desire to get in on this shot at redemption. Davies addressed these requests saying that, although it isn’t in the cards this year, there may still be hope yet.
“I know there will be many contestants from previous years who will be howling at this point, and I do not rule out a future opportunity to compete again for some of you,” he said. “But for now this is part of the postseason for this season. We are all so excited at the prospect, and we look forward to seeing some wonderful contestants again on our stage.”