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Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 9:36 am

Esteban Fernandez has always been a big Jeopardy! fan. “It always came on when our family was having dinner and we’d try to guess the answers,” he explained recently.

Last fall Fernandez, a freshman at San Francisco State University decided to take the Jeopardy online test see if he had what it takes to be on the show. He did. Fernandez was called to Los Angeles for an audition last December. Because he was a college student he participated in the College Championship.

“I felt pretty confident and did well at the audition but was nervous to move on to the next part and be on the show,” he said.

This past January he was flown to Los Angeles and put up in a hotel for the filming of the show.

How did he prepare for the show? Fernandez explained that there are websites for Jeopardy! fans with clues and answers but he said you can’t really study for it. He felt it was helpful to pay attention to things happening in the news including details. For example one category during the show was celebrity siblings.

He found the experience on the show a lot of fun. He met and interacted with students from around the country who were competing, including a West Point student. 

The show was filmed at a Universal City studio. “It was crazy to see the set. It was huge. The producers and crews helped us through the process. They explained things eight or 10 times - as many times as it took for us to get it. They treated us like adults. It was unforgettable for sure,” he said.

Fernandez was trying to get the time on the buzzer right. “That’s the reason I lost the game, the other people were really fast. Every time the clue came up they beat me to it. I got a lot of answers but I was up against two seniors in college. I did well for the circumstances,” he explained.

“I’ll definitely never forget meeting Alex Trebek, his presence. He has done it so much, he has so much experience. But being on Jeopardy!, that alone makes me happy. I would have loved to win,” he said.

The show aired on Feb. 13 and he watched it with his friends in Los Angeles where he now lives. “I’ll definitely keep watching the show. I appreciate it a lot more when I watch it now,” he said.

Fernandez, who grew up in Texas and Mexico, moved to Coronado in 2010 when he was in seventh grade and graduated from Coronado High School where he was class president. He attended San Francisco State University for one semester and he is now in Los Angeles to pursue his music career full time. Fernandez plays a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums and piano and he produces and writes his own music. He is recording an album scheduled to be released next month.

“I’m following my dream,” he said.

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