¿Quién quiere ser millonario? is a Venezuelan game show based off from the British game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. It aired Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) from August 23, 2000 to May 23, 2007 then 2 months later the show went back on the air on July 2007 to January 2010. From May 8, 2011 to April 2, 2017 was aired in Televen the show was broadcast on Sundays (earlier is on Wednesdays) at 09:00. Presented by Eladio Lárez.
Also in 2003, for TV viewers, a special competition was held named Jugamos Millonario (English translation: We play Millionaire), in which the winners received special prizes.
In this version, the following lifelines were used:
- Phone-a-Friend (Llamar a un amigo)
- Ask the Audience (Vota la audiencia)
- Ask One of Audience (Habla la audiencia) (in risk format, 2009-2017). In the studio, audience members, who know the answer to this question raise their hands. The contestant chooses one only. If the audience member offered the correct answer to the contestant, he earned 3,000 (3,500 later) Bs.F.
Money Trees Edit
|15||200 000 Bs.F||100 000 000 Bs||250 000 Bs.F||300 000 Bs.F||400 000 Bs||500 000 Bs||2 000 000 Bs|
|14||60 000 Bs.F||50 000 000 Bs||80 000 Bs.F||100 000 Bs.F||120 000 Bs||150 000 Bs||500 000 Bs|
|13||30 000 Bs.F||25 000 000 Bs||35 000 Bs.F||60 000 Bs.F||70 000 Bs||90 000 Bs||150 000 Bs|
|12||15 000 Bs.F||12 500 000 Bs||20 000 Bs.F||30 000 Bs.F||40 000 Bs||50 000 Bs||90 000 Bs|
|11||8 000 Bs.F||6 250 000 Bs||10 000 Bs.F||15 000 Bs.F||20 000 Bs||30 000 Bs||50 000 Bs|
|10||5 000 Bs.F||3 000 000 Bs||6 000 Bs.F||10 000 Bs.F||13 000 Bs||20 000 Bs||30 000 Bs|
|9||3 000 Bs.F||1 800 000 Bs||4 000 Bs.F||6 000 Bs.F||7 000 Bs||12 000 Bs||20 000 Bs|
|8||1 800 Bs.F||1 100 000 Bs||2 500 Bs.F||4 000 Bs.F||5 000 Bs||8 000 Bs||12 000 Bs|
|7||1 000 Bs.F||650 000 Bs||1 500 Bs.F||2 000 Bs.F||3 000 Bs||5 000 Bs||8 000 Bs|
|6||700 Bs.F||400 000 Bs||1 000 Bs.F||1 500 Bs.F||2 000 Bs||3 000 Bs||5 000 Bs|
|5||500 Bs.F||250 000 Bs||600 Bs.F||1 000 Bs.F||1 500 Bs||2 000 Bs||3 500 Bs|
|4||300 Bs.F||150 000 Bs||400 Bs.F||600 Bs.F||1 000 Bs||1 400 Bs||2 000 Bs|
|3||200 Bs.F||100 000 Bs||300 Bs.F||400 Bs.F||500 Bs||800 Bs||1 400 Bs|
|2||150 Bs.F||65 000 Bs||200 Bs.F||200 Bs.F||300 Bs||500 Bs||800 Bs|
|1||80 Bs.F||40 000 Bs||100 Bs.F||100 Bs.F||200 Bs||300 Bs||500 Bs|
Top Prize winners Edit
- Giovanni Grosso - 100 000 000 Bs (March 20, 2002)
- Antonio Ríos - 100 000 000 Bs (May 22, 2002)
- Eugenio Vargas - 100 000 000 Bs (December 22, 2004)
- Zulay Marcano - 200 000 000 Bs (March 29, 2006)
- Luis Olavarrieta (played with colleague) - 200 000 Bs (December 31, 2008) (Celebrity edition)
- María Alejandra Requena (played with colleague) - 200 000 Bs (December 31, 2008) (Celebrity edition)
- Hildamar Parra and Alfonso Medina - weekend trip to Margarita (December 24, 2009) (Celebrity edition)
- Carlos Felipe Alvarez and Nacarid Escalona - weekend trip to Margarita (December 24, 2009) (Celebrity edition)
Giovanni Grosso is the first ever top-prize winner in South America.
Biggest winners Edit
- Unknown Player (2000-09)
- Antonio Piña (2007-09)
- Ariana Saa - 80 000 Bs (June 6, 2011)
- Carlos Marques - 100 000 Bs (July 1, 2012)
- Rafael Peña - 100 000 Bs (December 2, 2012)
- Luis Ramirez - 150 000 Bs (March 1, 2015)
Biggest losers Edit
- Yara Ramírez - 3 000 000 Bs (2000-07) (14th question wrong)
- 2 Unknown Players - ? (14th questions wrong)
- Lourdes Ramírez - 5 000 Bs.F (2000-09) (14th question wrong)
- Unknown Player - 10 000 Bs (2012-13) (14th question wrong)
- Francisco Rojas - 30 000 Bs (May 15, 2016) (14th question wrong)
0 Bs. Winners Edit
- Juan Humberto Vivas (July 18, 2007) (3rd question wrong)
- Unknown Player (2000-09)
- Unknown Player (2000-09)
- 2 Unknown Players (2000-09)
- Unknown Player (2011) (5th question wrong)
- Unknown Player (2012-13) (4th question wrong)
- Unknown Player (2012-13)
- Nixan Becerra (December 1, 2013) (2nd question wrong)
- Unknown Player (2013-16)
- Venezuela is the first country in South America, which acquired the rights to the show and launched on air.
- Since its premiere on August 23, 2000, approximately 618 episodes have been broadcast until March 30, 2014 with 4 seasons.
- Throughout the history of the program there have been many contestants in which their participation was affected due to nerves or other circumstances, causing criticism or ridicule through social networks.
- On July 18, 2007, the contestant Juan Humberto Vivas made one of the most memorable appearances to date. On the third question, he was asked to complete the chorus of the popular Mexican song El Rey: I do not have a throne or a queen, or anyone who understands me, but I'm still the ... His options were A: Papirruqui, B: Papa de los helado, C: King, D: Soul of the party. He didn't know the answer, so he used his first lifeline 50:50, leaving options B and C; his choice was option B: Dad of ice cream. When the answer was locked in, Eladio Lárez asked the audience to sing the complete chorus of the song and thus the contestant was able to realize his mistake. Since he failed to reach the first safe haven (question 5), he left with nothing. This was the first program that aired after RCTV recovered its signal transmission.
- On December 1, 2013 Nixon Becerra used the first lifeline in the first question about general culture. For the second question, he was aked to decipher the riddle: In the bathrooms I usually stay, although I come from the sea, the options were A: The sponge, B: The mirror, C: The outlet, D: The paper. Not being sure of the answer used the 50:50, which were options A and C. He was forced to use his last available wildcard to call an ex-teacher, which to the surprise of the assistants assured him that the correct option was C: The socket. Without thinking twice he hurried to indicate option C, even at the insistence of Eladio who recommended him to think well the answer. No achievement be the minimum in bolivars.
- On March 30, 2014, Roque Penalver emerging as favorite to become the winner fifth program, and he quickly made his way to question 14 without using any lifelines, which never happens usually in this version of the franchise. His run was interrupted by klaxon, so the next question will be seen next week, on April 6. In question 14, he was asked to indicate which Venezuelan has not received the National Music Award; the options were: A: Gonzalo Castellanos Yumar, B: José Francisco del Castillo, C: Carlos Riazuelo, D: Rhazes Hernández López. He thought about the option C response, however decided not to risk and used the joker in the audience, leaving the majority option C. Even without much security it used the 50/50, leaving the only options A and C. This was not enough to decide and preferred to use his final wildcard, the call a friend, and the right choice corresponded to it, the C. Already without lifelines and even without being sure of the answer I choose to walk away. With no pressure, and with an expression of disappointment, he discovered that the correct option was always the C: Carlos Riazuelo.