|Grundy Television (1999-2006)|
This is about the Australian version of one of television's most successful formats in the world. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is based on the British format of the same name where one contestant has to answer 15 multiple choice questions (originally 11) correctly in order to win $1,000,000.
This version was the first to use the "Fastest Finger" round. 10 contestants (minus the ones who already played) played a qualifying round called Fastest Finger for the right to play for the $1,000,000. All questions required the contestants to put four answers in the proper order. If a mistake is made, the player can hit the Delete button and re-start, but once the OK button is hit, the answers are locked in. The contestant to place the answers in the proper order in the fastest time earned a chance to play for the million. If two or more contestants tied for the fastest time, the tied contestants would play another question to determine who would move on to play. If nobody got the question right, that question was thrown out; another question was played in the same manner. If any of the contestants are visually-impaired, the host would read the question and 4 choices all at once (which are included in an envelope), then repeat the choices after the music began.
The host asked up to 15 questions (originally 11). Each question has four possible answers (A, B, C & D). All the contestant has to do is to choose the one that is correct. The answer is not official until the contestant confirms it by saying "Final Answer" usually right after the host asks the famous question, “Is that your final answer?” If he/she is correct, the contestant wins money for that question and moved on to the next, but if at any time the contestant chose an incorrect answer, the game is over.
For two years from 2007-2009 there was a 16th question and that question was worth $5,000,000.
|Question||Value||Amount lost if wrong answer||Missed answer value|
If by chance a contestant is stuck on a question, he/she can call for a lifeline, thereby giving the contestant an added advantage. The contestant can use more than one lifeline on a question, but each lifeline can be used only once.
- 50:50 - Two incorrect answers were discarded by the computer leaving only one incorrect answer & the correct answer, of course.
- Ask the Audience - The audience was given the same question as the contestant, and their job was to vote on which answer they think is correct by pressing one of four lettered buttons on their keypads.
- Phone-a-Friend - The contestant can call a friend or family member and ask the current question for 30 seconds, and the phoned friend gave his/her answer.
- Switch the Question - If the contestant thinks that question was too hard to answer, he/she can ask the computer eliminate that question and generate a new one. This lifeline was only given after answering the $32,000 question.
- Should the contestant run out of lifelines, he/she from here on out will have the option to stop and take any money he/she won up to that point. Upon deciding to stop, the contestant was asked by the host, "Is that your final decision?" However, should the contestant miss a question, the contestant won safety net money should he/she answer the 5th or 10th questions.
To date there have only been two millionaires, both on the regular version:
- Rob "Coach" Fulton, 17 October 2005
|Which of these popular 60s TV shows premiered first?|
|• A: Bewitched||• B: Get Smart|
|• C: Hogan's Heroes||• D: I Dream of Jeannie|
- Martin Flood, 14 November 2005 (Used the 50-50 lifeline in the final question)
|Who was never 'Time' magazine's 'Man of the Year?|
|• A: Adolf Hitler||• B: Ayatollah Khomeini|
|• C: Joseph Stalin||• D: Mao Zedong|
On 27 February 2010, a prime time special called Whizz Kids: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was broadcast in which teams of students tried to win up to $1,000,000 for their school. Another episode was broadcast on 6 March 2010.
The special used the original format. Two lifelines also changed slightly. The Phone a Friend lifeline was called Phone the Teacher, students being able to call a teacher from their school. Also, as the show was prerecorded, the teachers had to be in a room where they could not see or hear the questions and answers in the studio to prevent them from looking up the answers through books or online or asking other teachers for the answer. The second lifeline change was that the Ask the Audience lifeline was called Ask the School, in which students from the contestants' school could vote using electronic keypads while they were watching the show being recorded. In addition, the "Switch the Question" lifeline was no longer available.
In total, the three schools, Engadine High School in NSW, Blackburn High School in Victoria and Frankston High School, also in Victoria, won $258,000 (the latter walked away with $8,000 whilst the remaining two schools won $125,000). The answers to the questions in which they walked away wounded up being wrong. Also, joke answers were introduced in these specials (most notably for the D choice), such as in a question about what attracts magnets in the second episode, a D) choice was offered as All the single ladies. For the record, the answer was 'iron' (but only after the Blackburn students asked the school).
It used the same music as the original British version
by Keith & Matthew Strachan