TONIGHT: Dayton native Amy Schneider returns to ‘Jeopardy! Masters’ tournament

Credit: Sean Black

Credit: Sean Black

Redemption begins tonight for Dayton native Amy Schneider. The “Jeopardy!” fan favorite returns to compete in Season 2 of the “Jeopardy! Masters” tournament beginning at 8 p.m. on ABC and streaming on Hulu.

The winner of the 2022 Tournament of Champions, Schneider is among six super champs vying for trivia glory: reigning “Masters” winner James Holzhauer; Season 1 “Masters” finalists Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach; 2024 Tournament of Champions winner Yogesh Raut; and 2024 Invitational Tournament winner Victoria Groce. Schneider, the runner-up in the Invitational Tournament, was specifically chosen as a Producers Pick.

Over the course of three weeks, nine one-hour episodes will feature two games among different combinations of the six contestants, resulting in a champion who will win a $500,000 grand prize and the “Jeopardy! Masters” title.

Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California, will be featured in Game 2 of tonight’s episode. She will face Holzhauer and Raut at 8:30 p.m.

As previously reported, Schneider’s inclusion in the tournament was not without controversy. However, the producers, citing they “depend on ratings,” defended their decision, according to The U.S. Sun.

“We have to acknowledge there were several worthy people. But one person stood above everybody else,” said executive producer Michael Davies. “What a player. We see how well she deals with the tougher material which is very important in Masters. We see how good she is on the buzzer so we’re delighted to have Amy as the sixth pick.”

Credit: Tyler Golden

Credit: Tyler Golden

During Season 38 (2021-2022), the Chaminade Julienne graduate achieved a record-breaking winning streak that ended in January 2022 after 40 impressive games. Her historic run, ranking second all-time behind Ken Jennings for most consecutive wins, resulted in earnings of $1,382,800.

In November 2022, Schneider returned to the quiz show for the Tournament of Champions, which assembled the top 21 players of the year. The best of seven tournament transpired over the course of six games. At the conclusion of Game 6, she won first place and the top prize of $250,000. She is in fourth place for overall winnings, including tournaments, earning $1,632,800. She is also the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.

In May 2023, Schneider failed to reach the semifinals of the “Jeopardy! Masters” tournament. She received a cash prize of $75,000.

“Amy, I’m sorry, five second place finishes is an impressive result but it leaves you just on the bubble for the semifinals,” said Jennings at the end of the May 17 episode. “Thank you so much for coming back. Truly one of the great ‘Jeopardy!’ talents of all time.”

In related news, Schneider’s fearless, fascinating and funny memoir “In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life” was published in October 2023. The pop culture-friendly book ranges from highs and lows of childhood to deep insights into gender and sexual identity.

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