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John Christensen, from Madison, Wisconsin, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 7th-8th, 1999. He walked away with $16,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these wives of Frank Sinatra in order, from the first to the last.
• A: Barbara Marx • B: Nancy Barbato
• C: Mia Farrow • D: Ava Gardner

From the 7 contestants, 2 got it right, but John (with a time of 5.49 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the children's game, what do you traditionally pin on the donkey?
• A: Ears • B: Tail
• C: Nose • D: Blame

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following are the world's tallest trees?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Redwoods - 94% • B: Dogwoods - 1%
• C: Bonsai - 3% • D: Giving trees - 2%

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In the battle cry dating from the 1830s, what are Texans told to remember?
• A: Crockett • B: Alamo
• C: Houston • D: Who shot J.R.

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What French phrase has come to mean "served with ice cream"?
• A: Vis-a-vis • B: C'est la vie
• C: A la carte • D: A la mode

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
How many nickels do you need in order to make $5?
• A: 20 • B: 25
• C: 60 • D: 100

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez performed as a "Fly Girl" on what comedy series?
• A: In Living Color • B: Cop Rock
• C: The Cosby Show • D: Showtime at the Apollo

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Where did presidential candidate JohnMcCain spend five years stright?
• A: West Point • B: Attica State Prison
• C: "Hanoi Hilton" • D: Governor's Mansion
The klaxon called time and John would return on $4,000 with 2 lifelines still available.

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of sauce gets its name from the Italian word meaning "to pound"?
• A: Alfredo • B: Pesto
• C: Marinara • D: Milanese

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these Tom Cruise movies wash is wife, Nicole Kidman, not a co-star?
• A: A Few Good Men • B: Far and away
• C: Eyes Wide Shut • D: Days of Thunder

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which element makes up the largest percentage of the Earth's atmosphere?
'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Oxygen • B: Hydrogen
• C: Nitrogen • D: Carbon
John did not know, so he decided to call his friend and science teacher Tom, who thought it was Hydrogen but was not sure, even narrowing it down to C and D before being cut off. He then decided to use his 50:50, eliminating no other than A and B. So, he decided to walk away with $16,000, and would guess Oxygen. The correct answer was C: Nitrogen.


Preceded by
Jim Baird
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
John Christensen
Succeeded by
Joel McElvain

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