Jeopardy! champ, Christine Whelchel has a lot to celebrate. And winning the Feb 2022 final round comes second. Before the finale, the expert revealed that she finally beat cancer that she battled with during ABC game show auditions.
Keep reading this Christine Whelchel Bio to learn more about her.
Christine Whelchel On Jepoardy
Christine Whelchel found herself stuck in a tiebreaker with a Henry Rozycki in the final round after the top three were given a clue — 1949 review noted the “wrong formulas for success” of this character &”‘fatal misconceptions about his place in the scheme of thing” — form the category “Play Characters.”
As all of them gave correct answers i.e. “Willy Loman”, Christine and Henry each scored $34,000, while Patrick Byrnett ended up with $17,600, leading him out of the competition.
So, forced to compete in a rare tiebreaker, host Ken Jennings then revealed that the first competitor to buzz the correct answer would win the game. Their next was “Flowers,” with the clue reading “After its inclusion in a 1915 poem, this red flower became a symbol of fallen World War I soldiers.”
Christine chimed in quickly! — “Poppy,” she said. And that was the moment she was announced as the new Jeopardy! Champion.
But while the tiebreaker may have seemed simple to many, a few had questions like what if Christine was incorrect does the other person win? Also, if the show is assuming the correct answer moves on and doesn’t want further delay then they will try to make it a slightly easier question?
Well, here’s the answer — if the 1st person answers incorrectly, the other has to ring in and answer as well. If neither answers correctly, they edit out the clue and replace it with a new one.
Being said that, many still felt like it was a bad decision for them to be prompted to a tie-breaker.
“Why don’t you change the rule to split the money and have both contestants back?” a user wrote.
“Foolish not to wager the $1.00 difference. Got lucky to win the whole thing,” another commented.
Christine Whelchel Cancer
Christine Whelchel was diagnosed with breast cancer in Mach 2021. However, one of the first things she did after being diagnosed was — take the Jeopardy! test. She ended up getting her just audition the night before her surgery in May.
Luckily, everything went well. She is now in remission, or to put it simply, cancer-free for the time being.
Also, the champ’s revelation about her battle with cancer was featured on official Jeopardy! Twitter post captioned, “Cancer-free and now on Jeopardy! Congratulations, Christine.”
Over the shared video, we can see Ken introducing Christine as a breast-cancer survivor and asking him to share more about it.
Christine Whelchel Age
Christine Whelchel was 37 years of age when she became Jeopardy! Champ in Feb 2022.
She celebrates her birthday on September 14, making her of the Virgo zodiac.
Is Christine Whelchel Married?
Yes, Christine Whelchel was believed to be married. Her reported husband’s name is Andrew Ward Whelchel. He is a Tennesse native who was 46 years of age in 2022.
Before allegedly marrying Andrew, Christine was known as Christine Goodman Grace.
Christine Whelchel Job
Christine Whelchel is a piano teacher and church organist, who’s pretty good at her job. Most of her students were already performing the classics over big stages.
Besides teaching music, Christine herself often performed on stage. The last we saw her, Christine was playing several classical standards in an event hosted by the Lyceum Committee of Columbia State Community College.
Also, here’s her LinkedIn (now-deleted).
For those of you curious, an average piano teacher in Tennesse earned around $30 per hour.
As for her education, Christine attended the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) School of Music.
Before Christine Jeopardy! victory, MTSU took it to their official FB page to cheer their alumna. Guess, Christine already had a lot of well-wishers even before her time on the gaming show.
Christine Whelchel Family
Christine Whelchel didn’t share much about her family. However, we’ve got a few names who are her relatives/family members — Daniel Grace (married to Andrea Urei), Donna Grace, Dewanna Grace, and Michelle Grace Ray (married to Mitchell Ray).
Also, Don Grace (former Historic Zodiac Playhouse performer) is Christine’s cousin, and Sharon W Grace is her alleged mother.
“My cousin Christine Whelchel will be appearing on Jeopardy this Wednesday the 23rd. This is probably the most important news you will see here today,” Don posted over his FB on Feb 20, 2022.
Where Is Christine Whelchel From?
Christine hails from Spring Hill, Tennessee.
How Tall Is Christine Whelchel?
The Jeopardy! Champ stands tall at a height under 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm).
Mentioning her distinct features, Christine has blond hair, and she often wears prescription glasses.
Is Christine Whelchel On IG, Facebook?
Yes, find her over Facebook @christine.grace1975.
Sadly, we couldn’t find her on Instagram.