Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Pop Music) for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (Season 37, Game 87):

First released as a single in 1982, this song was re-released & charted again 17 years later & 17 years after that

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Today’s contestants:

Gabriela Kaufman, a fashion buyer from San Francisco, California
Gabriela Kaufman on Jeopardy!
Stephen Newman, an attorney originally from New Hartford, New York
Stephen Newman on Jeopardy!
Brian Chang, an attorney from Chicago, Illinois (5-day total: $116,503)
Brian Chang on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is “1999”?


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Prince’s smash hit song “1999”, released in 1982, charted highly on its release in 1982, charted again in the year 1999, and then re-entered the Billboard charts again in 2016 when Prince passed away that year. Interestingly, Phil Collins listened to the song significantly while touring with Genesis, giving that as an explanation as to why the Phil Collins hit “Sussudio” is musically similar to “1999”.


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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $21,600
Stephen $15,400
Gabriela $8,800


Tonight’s results:
Gabriela $8,800 – $3,700 = $5,100 (What is Like a Virgin)
Stephen $15,400 + $2,500 = $17,900 (What is 1999?)
Brian $21,600 + $9,201 = $30,801 (What is 1999?) (6-day total: $147,304)


Brian Chang, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 26, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Stephen $8,200
Brian $6,800
Gabriela $4,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HOBBIES & PASTIMES $1000 (clue #19)
Stephen 4600 +3000 (Brian 6000 Gabriela 2400)
2) LOCATION $1200 (clue #14)
Brian 9600 +9600 (Stephen 10200 Gabriela 11200)
3) FICTIONAL BEINGS $1200 (clue #18, $14400 left on board)
Gabriela 16000 -8000 (Brian 19200 Stephen 10200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 115


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 150 (1.72 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Brian $13,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Stephen $13,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Gabriela $16,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 2 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $8,200 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400

Brian Chang, career statistics:
137 correct, 14 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
38.46% in first on buzzer (130/338)
8/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,900)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,967

Stephen Newman, career statistics:
17 correct, 1 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,400

Gabriela Kaufman, career statistics:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$8,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Brian Chang, to win:
7 games: 58.279%
8: 33.964%
9: 19.794%
10: 11.536%
11: 6.723%
Avg. streak: 7.397 games.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Tuesday, January 26, 2021"

  1. Didn’t realize it was re-released (and charted) after his death, but this is one of those ones that I believe most would know well before the end of the clue.

  2. Minor quibble with the (always wonderful) Final Jeopardy background info: Phil Collins actually recorded Sussudio solo, rather than with Genesis. I’m a big 80s music buff, so pretty bummed I didn’t get it. Sounds like some others here figured it out, though, so maybe it’s not as hard as I thought it was!

  3. Brian benefited beautifully from his daring DD wager! Congrats on the win!
    I don’t know what made me think right away to add the 17 to the 1982 but when I realized it totalled 1999 I knew that had to be it.

    • That’s the first thing I always do when they mention a year and then mention some years later – I add them together to see if the new year is a clue 🙂

  4. With open-ended clues like this that have odd information in them, you know there is going to be some hint within that information. At first I thought this would be really hard, but then figured out the “1999” date and realized it had to be that (along with realizing that the third re-release had to be Prince’s death).

  5. Brian Chang is our 1st 6-Time Champion since Mackenzie Jones, who won 8 Games almost 1 year ago.

  6. Gabriela’s wager took into account that Brian might just wager enough to cover Stephen, so she bet enough to have enough to win if Brian got it wrong, but she didn’t bet enough to beat Stephen if Stephen only bet enough to cover her. She should’ve bet $4400. A moot point, but another lesson in wagering.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | January 26, 2021 at 5:03 pm |

    Dang Brian,that’s called guts! Feel a bit bad for Gabriella..excellent player, just bad fortunes (and maybe too aggressive) on dd.

  8. Although Ken Jennings is good his voice is “regimented” and too high pitched. He doesnt seem comfortable in the role.

  9. Jim Cardillo | January 26, 2021 at 7:21 pm |

    I guess I had in my head that Ken was only hosting two weeks. How long is he actually guest hosting?

  10. Am I missing something (new to Jeopardy wagering strategy), or was Stephen’s bet really wrong? Not only was he guaranteed to lose if Brian got it right, he’d also lose if Brian got it right, Stephen got it wrong, but Brian bet $0 (or anything small). Seems very bad to me?

    • Wesley:

      You are missing something. The leader betting $0 (or even small enough to win in such a scenario) in such a situation is so rare (I have a complete wagering dataset that dates back to October 2004 and there are zero instances of a leader betting $0 in this situation in my entire dataset) that it is foolhardy to make a bet that takes that possibility into account.

  11. Christopher Denault | January 26, 2021 at 8:29 pm |

    This Chicagolander’s glad to see Brian qualify for the next ToC, as it keeps the string alive of having at least one person from the area in each ToC since 2011:

    2019 – Emma Boettcher
    2017 – Seth Wilson (repped Chicago during his 13-game run, moved to Texas at time of ToC, and is now back in Chicagoland again)
    2015 – Alex Jacob
    2014 – Julia Collins
    2013 – Colby Burnett & Ashok Poozhikunnel
    2011 – Kara Spak

  12. Brad (not Rutter) | January 26, 2021 at 8:51 pm |

    As a fellow Chicagoan, I think we claim James Holzhauer before Emma B. He grew up here, went to college in IL, and lived here for awhile after college. Emma has only lived in Chicago a few years. So actually, I think we claim both.

    • Christopher Denault | January 26, 2021 at 9:08 pm |

      Emma was living here at the time of her initial 3-game win streak, and we held a ToC watch party for her in Chicago – great time!

      As for James… I knew he was born and raised in Naperville (IL), but he’d been living in Las Vegas for quite a while before he finally made his appearance on Jeopardy, so I didn’t count him here for that reason.

  13. John McCleary | January 27, 2021 at 11:38 am |

    I wonder if he will ever face off with Zach

  14. Pat Sherrill | January 27, 2021 at 11:46 am |

    Thanks to ken jennings for his love of the game and his deep appreciation and respect for his friend Alex Trebek.

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