CURRENT danger! Champion Hannah Wilson has overtaken her competition to claim her eighth victory as she prepares to fight returnee Ben Chan.
Hanna competed against independent bookseller Victoria Ford and editorial and community contributor Skyler Gailing during the May 12 episode of the televised game show.
The reigning champion advanced to the finals on Friday after amassing a total of $189,801 in seven days.
The Chicago-based data scientist started fast and strong, taking the lead early and going into the first break at $6,200.
Both Victoria and Skyler had earned $0 early in the first break.
Hannah maintained her lead for the remainder of the competition, with double jeopardy totals totaling $9,200 for the champion and $2,000 for the champion New Hampshire a Skyler native and -$1,200 for Victoria.
The champion would prove her seven-day streak was no fluke as she continued to extend her lead before the start of Final Jeopardy, having made $29,000 to date.
Hannah was the only contestant in Friday’s contest to correctly answer “Final Jeopardy,” adding $11,000 to her winnings to finish the game with $40,000.
The $40,000 increased her gain to an eight-day total gain of $229,801.
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“Is this the most dominant game ever?” one person asked in a popular thread following the famous game show.
Another responded: “Hannah is an incredibly talented Jeopardy! player. Monday will be interesting with Ben returning.”
“So excited for Monday and the Hannah/Ben match!” added one fan.
Last month, Jeopardy! Fans became concerned after it was announced that the returning champion had returned Ben would not continue his winning streak.
UNDEFEATED BUT DETHRONED
Ben debuted on Jeopardy! early April and continued win three days in a row.
Although not much was known about his disappearance at the time, it was reportedly related to “an ill-timed illness.”
The contestant later revealed: “Before yesterday’s episode was taped, I had tested positive for COVID; it was a very mild case, as you can see I’m fine.”
“Most importantly, my buzzer finger is okay. So I’m excited to see what happens over the next few weeks and who I’ll be up against on May 15,” he said during a virtual appearance at Good Day Wisconsin.
Instead of watching Ben compete on April 17, fans witnessed a duel between Toni Van Kampen, a retired systems analyst IllinoisDaniel Ciarrocchi, a writer from Marylandand Madeleine McKenna, an attorney from California.
Ben is return expected to danger! Stage on Monday, May 15, 2023.
“Like few times in the history of Jeopardy! happened, a returning champion couldn’t travel this week,” he shared at the time.
“Don’t worry, we’ll have Ben back with us at a later date.”
“Not too distant future!”
Ben tweeted a photo of him and his current host Mayim Bialik looks rested in his popular beige blazer.
He captioned it, “Category: The Not Too Distant Future.” These two UCLA grads will appear (again) on MONDAY, MAY 15 on America’s favorite quiz show.
“Who are Mayim Bialik and Ben (!) Chan???”
Current winner Kevin Belle commented, “As I was filming, I thought I was the only contestant this season to play with both hosts – I’m glad to have such illustrious company in the Two-Host Club for season 39.”
Ben replied: “Ditto! Great run Kevin!”
There have only been four champion eliminations since the 2000s. Most recently, Zach Newkirk was unable to travel early in Season 37 when lockdowns hit.