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Millionaire Hot Seat is a fast-paced spin-off of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, in which six contestants go head to head to try and win $1 million in cash.
The Hot Seat format debuted on the Nine Network in April 2009 as a 5:30pm lead-in to its evening news bulletin.
Designed to be a faster-paced game than the original format of Millionaire, the show involves six contestants each taking turns at trying for the top prize of $1 million.
The traditional three lifelines have been replaced by a single "pass", in which a contestant could pass the question to the next contestant; the following contestant is then required to answer the question without passing.
Each question is also given a time limit, with 15 seconds allocated for the first five questions, 30 for the middle five and 45 for the last five. If a player fails to give out an answer in the time limit, it is considered an automatic "pass". If that particular question cannot be passed on, that player is eliminated and the highest value available is removed.
The game ends either when all contestants are eliminated or when the question for the highest value in the money tree is answered. If the last question is answered correctly, the player receives the amount of money. However, if the player answers the question incorrectly or does not answer in time, then the last player to be eliminated receives either nothing (which means nobody receives the prize money for that show) or $1,000 if the fifth-question milestone is reached. Only questions 5 and 10-15 are worth money; the other values on the money tree are worthless.
The Money TreeEdit
The amounts go up as follows:
- "$100" ($0)
- "$200" ($0)
- "$300" ($0)
- "$500" ($0)
- "$1,500" ($0)
- "$2,500" ($0)
- "$4,000" ($0)
- "$6,000" ($0)
A Board Game based on Millionaire Hot Seat was made by UGames.
On 29 August 2016, 67-year-old Edwin Daly became the first contestant to correctly answer the $1 million question in Australia's Hot Seat format, thereby becoming the third contestant on any Australian version of the Millionaire franchise to win $1 million.
- "Hot Seat: Could you answer these questions for $1 million?" - News.com.au, 29 August 2016 (sourced 30 August 2016)
- "South Australian war veteran will donate part of $1 million 'Millionaire Hot Seat' win to charity" - 9news.com.au, 29 August 2016 (sourced 30 August 2016)