Brooke Martin was going to get on Jeopardy, no matter how long it took. But for the life-long 11-year-old fan from Galway, it only took two tries to land a spot on Kids Week.
For the first five minutes I just walked around muttering 'Oh my God!' Then I thought, 'I can't believe I'm going to be on Jeopardy and I'm going to get to meet Alex Trebek,' said Martin, excitedly recalling the moment when her Mom told her Jeopardy had called to say they wanted her to compete.
Martin was one of 15 kids"ages 10, 11 or 12"who traveled to Sony Pictures Television in Los Angeles, CA in early March to tape shows for Kids Week. The episodes won't air until July.
Martin's Jeopardy journey started back in the summer of 2009 when a commercial for the kids test ran after an episode of the show.
"My Mom made a joke about me signing up but I decided to just have fun and do it," said Martin. "A couple months later, I got an email saying I was one of 300 kids that had gotten an audition."
Martin traveled to Boston for that first audition but never heard back from Jeopardy representatives. In February 2010, the kids test commercial came on again and she decided to give it another try. Sure enough, another email invited her to another audition, this time in New York City.
"At auditions they took all the kids separately into a room and we had to take a written test of 30 questions. They also called us three at a time and did a mock game of Jeopardy with a screen and buzzers," said Martin.
About a month ago, Martin got the call that she'd made it on the show and a few weeks later, she was on her way to California for a weekend of trivia and fun, courtesy of Sony.