A Controversial Jeopardy! Contestant Is Returning for the Tournament of Champions

Yogesh Raut will have another chance to prove his trivia knowledge in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

The empty Jeopardy! stage.
Photo: Sony Pictures Television

It’s hard to become a Jeopardy! celebrity … unless, of course, you’re already participating in Celebrity Jeopardy!

The concept of the long-running quiz show institution is so simple that it doesn’t leave much room for personality. Sure, we’ve gotten to know some super champs over the years like James Holzhauer, Amy Schneider, and GOAT-turned-host Ken Jennings. But most contestants come and go with little fanfare. That was not the case for Yogesh Raut.

This blogger, podcaster, and writer from Springfield, Illinois immediately popped off the screen during his first game on Jan. 11, 2023. The stoic contender was not shy about sharing his advanced level of trivia mastery. Raut had participated in so many prominent trivia tourneys (though he prefers the term “quizzing”) that he was already well-known on the scene. In the interview portion of his first episode, he shared an anecdote of how Jeopardy! super champion India Cooper once told him she was a big fan of his.

Yogesh Raut’s ambition was clear: he was here to win at least five consecutive games and become eligible for Jeopardy!‘s hallowed “Tournament of Champions.” Unfortunately for him, however, the only thing that game show fans enjoy more than witnessing hubris is witnessing hubris immediately backfire. Raut would go on to win three games, which is remarkably impressive all things considered, but still short of the five games necessary to become a super champion.


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