Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I do, I do!! Ever since the show began, I've watched and wished to be a contestant. Some years ago, when the show included a 'fastest finger' segment, one method of auditioning began with calling a 1-800 number, then - if you managed to get through - answering trivia questions with your phone's keypad. I believe I got to that point one or two times, but never heard anything about whether I was even in the running.
Today, the show producers were in town and cousin S emailed me that I should go try out, especially since the questions were on movies - my favorite hobby. As it turned out, two written tests were given; one on movies and one on general knowledge. When I arrived after 9AM, there were about 300 people in line and we were told that a group of about 350 would take the test all at once, so the wait wasn't too long. Each of us received a magnet with a number written on it for ID purposes. We sat side-by-side in rows of chairs and took a 10-minute, 30-question movie quiz by penciling in a multiple choice test form. Remember those from school? Then we handed in our tests and answers and were given another 30-question test to fill in, this one on general trivia.
When all the tests were finished, they were taken away to be graded, while we waited and received some free goodies. The coupon for a discounted breakfast at the casino where the test was held wasn't too useful, since the buffet was ending about the time our test was over. But they tossed t-shirts over our heads for us to grab (because they didn't have enough for everyone), and the guy next to me stood up, caught one and gave it to me. I guess it pays to laugh at a guy's dumb jokes! :)
The tests were graded, and one of the producers told us to listen for our ID number to be read. There were 3 groups: those that had passed the movie quiz, those that had passed the general quiz, and those that had passed both. The actual test score was never revealed, nor even the number out of 30 needed to pass. The first group announced was those who had passed both tests...of 350 people, maybe 10 or less numbers were read. See the photograph - that's one of the numbers - I passed BOTH tests!!
Everyone who had passed a test (about 35 people in my group) was given a card to come back later that day for an interview. We also had our photos taken so the producers could remember who was who later, and an application to fill out. I had almost 3 hours before I had to return and didn't plan on spending it in a smoky (although beautiful) casino, so I drove to the local Subway, ate lunch and filled out my questionnaire. I was asked to describe myself, tell why I want to be on the show, what I would do with the money, and - for the movie section - how many movies I see, favorite movie memory, etc. When I returned, the interview was very brief, and, since my name was the first called (is that significant? I don't know), I was out of there quickly.
There is no decision on who will be chosen from today's contestants. We'll be notified by mail in a couple weeks, and even if I passed the interview portion, my name will be put on a list of available contestants for up to 2 years.
But, it was fun, and I'm glad I finally got a chance to try out.
PS, if I'm not supposed to post a photo with the "Millionaire" logo, let me know and I will delete it.
Edit: Sep 2, 2008 - I finally received a postcard today stating I'm NOT a contestant. Oh well :(