JEOPARDY!’s latest contestants got soundly ripped apart on social media over a surprisingly out-of-tune music fail.
On Tuesday’s episode, no one buzzed in on a clue looking for country megastar Garth Brooks, which included a photo of him to boot.
In Double Jeopardy!, Brandon Deutch – a law student from Long Beach, California – selected the $800 clue under “‘90s Singers.”
The screen displayed a full-sized photo of Garth Brooks donning one of his ten-gallon hats.
Ken, 49, read alongside the photo: “This country superstar’s ‘Friends In Low Places’ was named CMA Single of the Year in 1991.”
Neither Brandon, Emily White, a marketing manager from Wilmington, Delaware, nor Nick Cascone, an orthopedic physician assistant originally from Queens, New York, buzzed in.
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All three players just stared blankly ahead in confusion until the timer ran out.
KEN LAMENTS: ‘HOW SOON WE FORGET’
Ken was seemingly not expecting the clue to be a triple stumper – or question with no attempts.
When it was time for him to explain the correct response, he could be seen jumping back, exclaiming: “Whoa!”
He added: “How soon we forget. That’s Chris Gaines’ alter ego, Garth Brooks,” explaining the correct response.
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The contestants are in a Champions Wildcard tournament for brief winners from Season 37 or Season 38, making the miss even more shocking.
FANS REACT: ‘I WAS STUNNED’
One fan wrote on Reddit: “I can’t believe Garth Brooks was a triple stumper after the clue said ‘Friends in low places.’
I barely listen to country, and I knew it.”
Another person agreed: “I hope Garth has hurt feelings.”
A third fan replied: “Lol, came here for that! I was stunned.”
A fourth defended: “We’ve had plenty of examples of players not knowing even hugely popular songs and artists. If you don’t listen to the radio or watch awards shows, it’s not that hard to avoid.”
“I think that was before their time.”
The episode wound up being a fight between the two male contestants; going into Final Jeopardy, Nick had $18,200, Brandon $12,200, and Emily $5600.
Final Jeopardy! under: “HISTORIC OBJECTS” read: “The inscription on this, made in 1753, concludes “unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
Nick and Emily were correct with “The Liberty Bell,” while Brandon wrote: “Thank you,” wagering small.
Nick added 6,201, winning and advancing to the special’s semifinals with 24,401 and a zen bow looking thrilled.
CONTESTANTS AGREE: ‘BRAIN FART’
In the Reddit internet recapping the game, the contestants also each replied personally about the fail since it made such a noise.
A user claiming to be Nick wrote: “I kinda knew it, but not certain enough to buzz. They made merciless fun of us when we got back to the green room.”
A user claiming to be Brandon wrote: “Same here haha.”
A user claiming to be Emily also chimed in: “It was kicking around in the back of my mind, but my game so far had been rough enough that I didn’t want to risk it.”
When others defended it was reasonable, she disagreed: “Nah, just a collective brain fart!”
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While Jeopardy! contestants are the best and brightest, blind spots do occur; recently, all three players completely whiffed a sports category.
In October, fans gave it to the players for not being able to guess a clue was simply the definition of “feminism.”
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