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City-specific online tests?

Postby Thom » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:40 pm

I just received an email with the subject "Jeopardy! is looking for contestant​s in Omaha!". Apparently, they're having a special online test for people who watch Jeopardy! on WOWT, the local affiliate, with an in-person audition to follow at some point in time. Which brings me to two questions:
1. Has anybody heard of this kind of test/audition before?
2. I had an in-person audition in KC back in May of this year. Do city-specific test/auditions have 18-month restrictions on eligibility? I started to register for this test, just to see what it would say, and I didn't see any mention of such restrictions.

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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby immaf » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:57 pm

I believe they held a city-specific audition in Cleveland last year. IIRC, it seemed to have something to do with a new or different affiliate picking up Jeopardy!

If you had an in-person audition in May, you are in the contestant pool for the next 18 months, during which time you should not take another test in earnest. I think they would be okay if you took the Omaha test "for fun", assuming that there is an option to do so.
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby teapot37 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:57 pm

They did some city-specific tests for some cities in Ohio (?) earlier in the year. (Cleveland and Cincinnati, I think?)

I think having the audition would disqualify you, but I can't really speak to that.
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby dhkendall » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:57 pm

Thom wrote:1. Has anybody heard of this kind of test/audition before?


Sounds very much like the one they had for Cleveland a year or so ago.
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby lisa0012 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:06 pm

They're doing the same thing in Dallas. The email said it's to celebrate their new to a new station. I'm excited about the second chance to get an audition and test in October (if I'm not working that night. I'll have to see what I can pull off. I will do what I have to do. I have priorities.) :mrgreen:
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby ten96lt » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:10 pm

immaf wrote: I think they would be okay if you took the Omaha test "for fun", assuming that there is an option to do so.

You can officially register to take it for fun if you answer yes to any of the 3 questions about your eligibility; Have you been on the show before, have you been on any game show in the past year, etc.

Oddly enough, if you try to register for the kid or teen test for fun, it will not let you register for fun if you give a birthday for the "kid" or "teen" that is not within the eligible birthdates. It will only let you register for fun if "they're" ineligible because of being on the show before or another game show recently. So if you want to take the teen or kid test for fun, give your birthdate as the parent's birthdate since they will only let the parent register on the form, then make up a birthdate within the parameters for your "child" or "teen"
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby Magna » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:11 am

ten96lt wrote:
immaf wrote: I think they would be okay if you took the Omaha test "for fun", assuming that there is an option to do so.

You can officially register to take it for fun if you answer yes to any of the 3 questions about your eligibility; Have you been on the show before, have you been on any game show in the past year, etc.

Oddly enough, if you try to register for the kid or teen test for fun, it will not let you register for fun if you give a birthday for the "kid" or "teen" that is not within the eligible birthdates. It will only let you register for fun if "they're" ineligible because of being on the show before or another game show recently. So if you want to take the teen or kid test for fun, give your birthdate as the parent's birthdate since they will only let the parent register on the form, then make up a birthdate within the parameters for your "child" or "teen"

That form sounds like it's designed to prevent fun.
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby ten96lt » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:10 am

Magna wrote:
ten96lt wrote:
immaf wrote: I think they would be okay if you took the Omaha test "for fun", assuming that there is an option to do so.

You can officially register to take it for fun if you answer yes to any of the 3 questions about your eligibility; Have you been on the show before, have you been on any game show in the past year, etc.

Oddly enough, if you try to register for the kid or teen test for fun, it will not let you register for fun if you give a birthday for the "kid" or "teen" that is not within the eligible birthdates. It will only let you register for fun if "they're" ineligible because of being on the show before or another game show recently. So if you want to take the teen or kid test for fun, give your birthdate as the parent's birthdate since they will only let the parent register on the form, then make up a birthdate within the parameters for your "child" or "teen"

That form sounds like it's designed to prevent fun.

It used to be much easier when you could simply check a box while filling out the registration form stating that you didn't want to be considered for an audition, but just wanted to take the test for fun. I wish they would create a button you could click to register for fun and bypass all of the eligibility questions.
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby MinnesotaMyron » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:42 am

Are only Omaha residents eligible for the Omaha audition, or is it open for anyone close by? I think this is the closest they've ever come to Sioux Falls, and there are a bunch of people here I'd recommend to take the test, if they can. (Our airport really don't have cheap flights to anywhere, but everybody here's driven to Omaha at least once.)
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Re: City-specific online tests?

Postby Thom » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:05 am

MinnesotaMyron wrote:Are only Omaha residents eligible for the Omaha audition, or is it open for anyone close by?

The announcement says that it's for people who watch J! on WOWT-8. I don't know if that's a requirement, however.

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