Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 30, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Advertising & Music) for Thursday, January 30, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 104):

In 2008, 34 years after it made Billboard’s top 10, this song title was used by a southern state in a tourism campaign

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

David Haughney, an accounting manager from Seattle, Washington
David Haughney on Jeopardy!
Michelle Paul, a managing director from Newark, Delaware
Michelle Paul on Jeopardy!
Joshua Swiger, a private tour company owner from Kapolei, Hawaii (1-day total: $16,400)
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Correct response: What is “Sweet Home Alabama”?

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In September 2007, Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced that, for 2008, Alabama’s tourism agency will begin using “Sweet Home Alabama” to market the state, based on the phrase made famous by the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1974.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Joshua $21,000
Michelle $13,400
David $4,200

Tonight’s results:
David $4,200 + $3,577 = $7,777
Michelle $13,400 + $4,500 = $17,900 (1-day total: $17,900)
Joshua $21,000 – $7,500 = $13,500 (What is Georgia Carolina on my Mind?)

Michelle Paul, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 30, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Michelle $4,600
Joshua $4,200
David $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BOOTS $400 (11th pick)
Michelle 3400 -2000 (Joshua 1800 David 800)
2) WHO SPEAKETH IN THE BIBLE? $2000 (9th pick)
Joshua 3000 +3000 (Michelle 5000 David 1400)
3) MEDICAL PROCEDURES $2000 (21st pick)
Joshua 12800 +5000 (Michelle 11400 David 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 80

Unplayed clues:
J! round: BIG PLAY IN THE TEAM’S SUPER BOWL WIN $400, $800 & $1000
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $2,200
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 195 (1.88 per episode average), 1 Daily Double

Game Stats:
Michelle $15,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Joshua $17,000 Coryat, 19 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.19% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
David $4,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,800

Joshua Swiger, final stats:
44 correct, 7 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
38.53% in first on buzzer (42/109)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $16,200)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,200

Michelle Paul, stats to date:
20 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
35.19% in first on buzzer (19/54)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,400

Michelle Paul, to win:
2 games: 43.418%
3: 18.851%
4: 8.185%
5: 3.554%
6: 1.543%
Avg. streak: 1.767 games.

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9 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, January 30, 2020"

  1. This might be tricky to come up with in 30 seconds. It seems more likely to be a TS than one they all get right. I could see somebody saying “Georgia on My Mind” although it has been around a good bit longer than “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    • I disagree with Robert, this song is too iconic for a TS. At least 2 out of 3, and a good chance all three to get it.

    • I too disagree with Robert. After you figure out it was a hit in ’74, that eliminates “Georgia on my Mind” and since that was when I was High School, “Sweet Home Alabama” was immediately what came to mind… heck even Neil Young would remember 😉

  2. I suppose you could also be led astray by “Midnight Train to Georgia”, or, assuming an especially daring tourism bureau, “All My Exes Live in Texas”.

  3. Marty Cunningham | January 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm |

    I was always more stumped why KFC used an instrumental version of “Sweet Home Alabama” for its advertising. The K is obviously for Kentucky, not Kalabama.

    But the clue reference back to 1974, should have narrowed it down to “SHA”. Ray Charles did “Georgia” at least a decade earlier.

  4. Maurine Gutowski | January 30, 2020 at 5:31 pm |

    I had absolutely no clue. In 1974 I was very busy teaching in Oregon and have never even visited the southeast. I’ll have to find a musical rendition of the song and see if it’s at all familiar. I used to like country music and played and sang a lot of folk songs with my guitar.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | January 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm |

    Found it by original singers and didn’t like it at all. Too noisy.

  6. Super easy for an old man like me but Carolina on my Mind 1969 also comes close. And kudos to Spud for his reference to Neil Young!

  7. I was thinking “Midnight Train to Georgia.” It’s too catchy to ignore. (Alas, it’s from 1973.)

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