Jeopardy Holds Auditions In Omaha

Nerves were pumping over the weekend as more than a dozen people fought for a chance to be on TV.

Producers were in Omaha looking for Jeopardy contestants.

It's not easy to get into Jeopardy auditions.

Only about 15 people or so were invited after taking a test online.

The competition was tough.

For the group auditioning at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha, there was a lot of excitement.

Nick Lemek, an Omaha firefighter, didn't know what to expect.

"This is definitely a really neat experience. There's just not a lot of people who get to do something like this," he said.

Once things got started, he the others immediately became swept up in the high energy of the producers.

The group started out with some practice questions.

Then, it was an important step: a 50 trivia question test.

Greg Stoj, who made it to auditions after winning a drawing on WOWT 6 News on Friday, knew his strategy.

"The questions that they give you have answers within them sometimes. Sometimes it's a best educated guess. Sometimes it's just a straight thought that comes into your mind that goes, 'Wait, I think that's what it is,'" he said.

Success on the test is big for producers.

Harry Friedman, the Executive Producer, is an Omaha native himself.

"I have sort of led them to believe that the Omaha contestants are going to put everybody else to shame," said Friedman.

Finally, those auditioning got the chance to show how good they could play.

They got to pick up buzzers and answer questions that way too.

The audition finished with a personality review, where producers interviewed all of the hopefuls as well.

Friedman thinks we could see some locals on the show in the future.

"I'm very, very optimistic. I'm very hopeful!" he said.

For those who make the cut, producers will keep their names on file over the next 18 months.

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