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The answer: Ken Jennings. The question: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The Jeopardy! champion — who won $2.5 million and still holds the record for the longest winning streak — is turning his brain to another game show, Millionaire. And he looks on track to take home the big prize.
Jennings appeared on the new Millionaire, hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews, on Friday as part of the show's Guinness World Records Edition theme week.
"It's like being with the Michael Jordan of game shows," Crews joked.
Jennings easily cruised through the first round, winning $58,100 by answering questions about the Philippines, the two Steve McQueens, and Neil Diamond songs.
Tonight he returns to finish the first round, then attempt four final questions worth $100,000, $250,000, $500,000, and $1 million.
Obviously, Jennings has a leg up thanks to the huge information bank stored in his head. He proved adept at trivia on his long run on Jeopardy! But he told BuzzerBlog that there are crucial differences in gameplay between the two shows.
"On Jeopardy!, you don't have to answer every question, you know? If you answer every other question, you're going to be a pretty dominating player," he noted. "You can also keep your mouth shut. You don't have to know them all. On Millionaire, really, the emphasis is on not making a single mistake. So that's a lot of pressure."
Not only that, contestants can't study for Millionaire.
"There's sort of a Jeopardy! canon, I think, of things that everyone expects to hear on Jeopardy!: presidents, Shakespeare, and world capitals," Jennings explained. "Millionaire, there's a lot more general knowledge — the kind of stuff you can't really study for. The living-your-life kind of stuff about what's in the zeitgeist right now. It's tricky to prepare for."
Luckily, Jennings has all three of his lifelines left on Millionaire. Even this Jeopardy! champ might need them.