Newfoundland native appears on Jeopardy

Nadya Bell
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Trevor Janes of Grand Falls-Windsor takes home second place

After more than 10 years watching "Jeopardy" on television, Trevor Janes, originally from Grand Falls-Windsor, finally got his day playing the game show for real.

On Wednesday night, Janes appeared as the middle contestant on the popular game show. Janes, 40, lives and works in Ottawa as a software developer.

Trevor Janes

After more than 10 years watching "Jeopardy" on television, Trevor Janes, originally from Grand Falls-Windsor, finally got his day playing the game show for real.

On Wednesday night, Janes appeared as the middle contestant on the popular game show. Janes, 40, lives and works in Ottawa as a software developer.

After starting off well early in the game, Janes slipped in the second round, but correctly answered the final question to finish in second place. The episode was taped in Los Angeles in November.

Speaking to The Telegram from a bar in Ottawa where Janes was celebrating with friends, he said he achieved his goal, coming away with $2,000.

"Now I can watch the show on TV and know what really happens behind the scenes. Being there and having played it for real has answered the question that I've always had - 'Am I good enough to have gotten on there?"' Janes says.

The question category about the 2008 presidential election was the hardest, he said. In preparing for the show, Janes says he studied over 300 hours, but one of the physical aspects of playing the game show proved to be more challenging than the questions, he says.

"I never realized how important the buzzer timing is. I knew it was important going in, but I now realize that it makes or breaks the game, being able to have a quick reaction on the buzzer," he says.

Getting to use the contestant dressing rooms and see all the parts of making the show was quite exciting, Janes says.

"During the commercial breaks Alex Trebek takes questions from the audience and he clowns around and tells jokes and sometimes he had to re-dub questions, so you get to see the production aspect that goes on," he says.

"He's witty. He's clever and he's not as straight laced as he appears when the camera is rolling," Janes says.

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Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ottawa, Los Angeles

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