How to watch
Tune in to WXIA-NBC Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. April 18.
FORSYTH COUNTY – Kimberly Bond fondly remembers trivia date nights with her now-husband, Jason Bond.
“When we were dating and first married, we played every week on a trivia team with friends,” she said. “We both enjoy trivia and we’re avid Jeopardy watchers, and it was just a fun thing to do.”
Little did the Forsyth County mother know the game nights would pay off in the end.
On Tuesday night, those who tune into Jeopardy, which is aired on WXIA-NBC Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, will see Bond on the television trivia show.
Though she could not reveal much about the upcoming show, she said the experience was “really great.”
“I flew out to Los Angeles back in January and it was the first time away from my then 14-month old daughter,” Bond said. “It’s nerve wracking when you get there, but everyone is so nice and they want you to relax so you’ll be a good contestant.
“The other contestants were super nice, and Alex Trebek really is a true gentleman. I didn’t even feel nervous by the time they started taping the show.”
The episode, which is filmed on a Sony sound stage, was fascinating to participate in, Bond said.
“It was a very cool experience,” she said. “Lots of other stuff was [being filmed] and it was a cool experience see how a TV show is made. Competing was actually my favorite part, though; it was really fun.
“I love answering trivia, and Jeopardy is something I’ve watched so many times that getting to be there and stand up there was fun for me. Also, meeting other contestants – people from all over the country – was cool, too.”
While this was her first time on the show, Bond said she had tried out and been auditioned once before.
“A couple of years ago, I said, ‘Why not try out?’” she said. “I was in Atlanta and you take an online test and if you make a certain score, you may be interviewed. I was pregnant though [at the time] so after the audition, they said ‘Why don’t you try again next year?’
“This second time I was in Charleston, and I got the audition again and made it on [the show].”
Bond said she was there for at least one day of filming, though she could not elaborate.
Three contestants compete on each episode: the champion from the previous day’s show and two challengers. The champion continues until he or she loses.
Bond said her fellow competitors were a large part of what made her time so enjoyable.
“A lot of us have gotten to be friends and stayed in touch on social media,” she said. “It was kind of like the king of all trivia. Before my daughter was born, I was an attorney and I was hoping they’d ask law and medicine questions, but they don’t tailor the questions to competitors – it’s completely random.
“Before I went, I tried to study a little, like memorizing state capitals and stuff, but having a 14-month-old, I didn’t have a whole lot of time. But our family enjoys the show, and my husband’s 98-year-old grandmother watches every single night.”