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Do you want to be a millionaire?
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Member Name: Holidaying
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Advantages: Exciting gameshow.
Disadvantages: None for me.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a television game show hosted by Chris Tarrant in the United Kingdom. I think it is one of the best game shows on television. If you haven't seen it, where have you been?
On each show there are ten contestants all competing to sit in the chair to play for one million pounds. To get to the chair, the contestants have to answer a question correctly, and in the fastest time. The questions are of the structure 'Put these four years in order starting with the oldest first'. The contestants have a few seconds to answer then Chris reads out the correct order. Then we are shown the times of the contestants and who got the question right and the one that got it right in the fastest time goes to sit in the chair to play for one million pounds. This round is called 'fastest finger first'.
It sounds like a simple round but you would be surprised at how many people get the questions wrong at this stage or take a very long time to answer them. Some of the questions are harder than others I admit and sometimes you would need an interest in something specific to answer them but generally they are very easy and I think if the contestants can't answer the questions at this stage they are either very nervous or shouldn't be on there.
The contestant is introduced and has a chat with the host and then they begin trying to win as much money as they can! The show has been on our screens for several years now but in that time there have been two different paths to one million pounds. The first path began with the first question being worth £100, then £200, £300, £500 and £1000, where the contestant would be guaranteed to go home with £1000. However in the new format the first question is worth £500 and I think (although I am not sure of this) the second question is worth £1000 and is where the contestant is guaranteed to go home with that amount. The path to one million continues in this way with slightly different milestones.
The good thing about the newer path is that the contestants are more likely to go home with something and the really easy questions are eliminated. On the older shows the questions for £100 or £200 would be so easy and it wasn't really interesting to watch contestants answer them.
The contestants are asked questions and are given a choice of four answers. They have to choose one of the four to go to the next question. If they don't know the answer they can use one of their three lifelines. These are Ask The Audience, Phone A Friend and 50/50. The first two are self-explanatory but the third one means that the computer takes away two wrong answers and leaves the contestant with one wrong answer and the right answer.
The contestants all seem to use the lifelines in the same order, they ask the audience, then phone a friend then do 50/50. The first two lifelines are more interesting because the third one still leaves them in a situation where they have to choose between two answers.
The best thing about the show is that Chris adds to the tension by leaving us waiting for the answer when the contestant has a chance to win a lot of money!
There have been a few millionaires made from this show and I think it's great that normal people can go on there and have a chance to win a lot of money. If they don't win a million they might win a lot and for many people this can make a big difference.
The show has been so successful that it is shown in other countries including America, but they have their own hostess!
I recommend the show if you like gameshows and seeing ordinary people have a chance to win a million!
Summary: Recommended gameshow.