Jeff Houng was admittedly nervous on Friday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” but he fulfilled a lifelong dream and left the show with $600.
“Growing up it was something we would watch almost every night or evening,” Huong said, a University of Georgia law school graduate. “It was the only show I ever watched.”
Earlier this year, the Sandy Springs native took an online test to be on the show. That led to an audition in Boston.
He taped the show in July. Huong said five shows were taped in one day. His was the last of the day.
The 26-year-old was quiet during the early part of the show as the two other contestants answered questions and raked in cash. He reached $2,800 when Alex Trebek said, “A memorial outside Israel’s Knesst honoring Israel’s fallen soldiers was inspired by the burning bush story.”
Huong correctly said, “What is Exodus.”
He left the show in third place, yet sounded like a winner when he spoke with Patch. “I just really enjoyed the experience, getting to compete in my favorite game show,” he said.