Video: “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament Semifinal Match, For the First Time, Ends With No Winner
It’s hard for a show that has been around for almost 30 years to make new moments, but for Jeopardy!, a first happened on yesterday’s program. The second match in the Teen Tournament semifinals occurred yesterday, with Kelton Ellis leading Joe Vertnik and Tori Amos by a wide – but not uncatchable – margin going into Final Jeopardy. The category was “Capital Cities” and they were presented with this clue: “It’s criss-crossed by dozens of ‘peace walls’ that separate its Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods.” Each player wrote down their answers, but two things were in common as Alex went down the line revealing their responses and wagers: each contestant wrote down “What is Dublin?” and each contestant wagered the entirety of their total. Unfortunately for them, the correct response was “What is Belfast?”
All three contestants lost their bets and finished in a tie with zero dollars. However, on Jeopardy!, $0 is never a winning score meaning that, for the first time this deep in tournament play, a match produces no winner. According to Alex at the end of the program, Wednesday’s winner and, assuming there is one, Friday’s winner will advance to the finals along with the highest-scoring non-winner from the semifinals. The only non-winner with a positive score so far is Irene Vazquez who finished with $100, so the second place finisher on tonight’s program will more than likely also head into the tournament. All three players finishing with $0 in a game has happened at least three times previously since 1984, including on the program’s second episode, but it has never happened this far in a tournament. We have video below of the dramatic ending of the game. Don’t forget to tune into Jeopardy! tonight to see how this unusual situation will resolve itself for Monday and Tuesday’s championship games.
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