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‘Jeopardy’ contestant under fire for mistaking Janet Jackson as Ariana Grande

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On last week’s episode of Jeopardy, contestants answered questions about the Billboard Music Awards (BMA). And host Alex Trebek provided them with a clue and a short clip of their award show appearance.

What happened on Jeopardy

A segment shared on the shows’ YouTube page shows contestant Alwin bustling the beeper to give an answer to a clue. The clue being:

“As the recipient of the 2018 Icon Award, she took ‘control’ & took to the stage in her first live TV performance in nearly a decade.”

And then a clip of Janet Jackson performing and singing played. To this, the contestant immediately replied with the wrong name and said: ‘Ariana Grande’.

Trebek jumped in and said: ‘No’.

But contestant Sarah came in with the save, buzzing in to say,

“Who is Janet Jackson?”

“Yes!” Trebek said.

Viewers reaction to the mistake

Many viewers took to social media and criticized the mistake. Ransom Lewis took to Twitter and said:

“I just watched a guy named Alwin on Jeopardy! call Janet Jackson Ariana Grande. What world IS THIS?!?!?”

Many viewers commented and some of them a listed here.

“Alwin needs to check his divas!” user @GlamBex said.


“Alwin better not win after that Ariana Grande answer. Don’t know Janet, don’t deserve to be champ #Jeopardy” user @lumaria shared.

Well, this is not the first time a contestant has failed to give the whole correct answer. Just last month, the show presented this Final Jeopardy! clue in the category “Recent Movie Songs.” The song was “Shallow”  from the recent hit duet Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper. Quite an easy finale. But, only one contestant gave the correct answer.

As for the remaining contestants, they knew the song but could not guess its’ title. And this lost them the game.

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