Michelle Ribeiro is a magazine editor from New York City. She appeared as a contestant on the 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration of the U.S. version of the show. She won $16,000 after walking away on the $25,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these U.S. holidays in the order they appear on the calender, starting in January.
• A: Veterans Day • B: Groundhog Day
• C: Flag Day • D: Earth Day
6 of the 10 contestants got the correct order: B-D-C-A, but Michelle Ribeiro did it in the fastest time with 5.72 seconds and made it into the hotseat.

Michelle's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Ants Marching
Thief ants get their name because they often enter the nests of other ant species and do what?
• A: Lay eggs • B: Steal food
• C: Build tunnels • D: Sell subprime mortages
Michelle had a laughing moment with this question, but managed to answer it just as the clock expired.

$200 (2 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: On the Farm
In the 1800s, which of these inventions was known to cattle ranchers as "thorny fence"?
• A: Barbed wire • B: Silo
• C: Tractor • D: Trough

$300 (3 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Eating Out
For many years, Denny's has featured a punny menu offering called "Moons Over My" what?
• A: Steaky • B: Hammy
• C: Shrimpy • D: Chicky

$500 (4 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Diaper Duty
In 2009, Nadya Suleman made headlines by giving birth to multiple babies, earning her what nickname?
• A: QuintoMom • B: SeptoMom
• C: OctoMom • D: NovoMom

$1,000 (5 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Get In Shapes
In geometry, which of these measurements applies only to circles and not triangles?
• A: Circumference • B: Perimiter
• C: Area • D: Hypotenuse

Between the 5th and 6th questions, Regis talked with Robby Roseman, the shows first $0 winner, who was in the audience.

$2,000 (6 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Make-Believe
In the popular "Ice Age" movies, the acorn-obsessed character Scrat is what type of fictional beast?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Duck-billed guinea pig • B: Fire-breathing gecko
• C: Three-eyed platypus • D: Saber-toothed squirrel
Ask the Audience Results: A: 1% • B: 3% • C: 5% • D: 91%
Having no idea, Michelle decided to user her "Ask the Audience" lifeline. 91% went with D: Saber-toothed squirrel, so Michelle went for that and got it right.

$4,000 (7 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: What's Your Sign?
Because Jesus' birthday is celebrated on Christmas Day, his astrological sign is what?
• A: Aries • B: Leo
• C: Capricorn • D: Gemini

$8,000 (8 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Twisted Tunes
A 2007 book about misheard music lyrics, "Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza" has a title that references a hit song by whom?
"Phone-A-Friend" lifeline used.
• A: Billy Joel • B: Paul Simon
• C: Elton John • D: Bruce Springsteen
Michelle thought about the question for a while, but then determined that she did not know and used her Phone-A-Friend. She called Deborah from Brooklyn, New York, who was 100% sure if was Elton John. Michelle went with her friend and got it right.

$16,000 (9 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Federal Law
The influential 2002 legislation known as McCain-Feingold" deals primarily with what issue?
"Ask the Expert" lifeline used.
• A: Illegal immigration • B: Labor unions
• C: Gun ownership • D: Campaign finance reform
Michelle thought it would make sense to ask the expert, George Stephanopoulos, so she did so. George knew the answer; it was D: Campaign finance reform. Michelle went with him and got it right.

$25,000 (10 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Sweet Child O'Mine
Throughout her career in the kitchen, Julia Child often said the secret to a long life is what?
• A: Garlic and cognac • B: Red meat and gin
• C: French fries and foie gras • D: Red wine and oysters
Michelle did not know the answer, and she knew that she had to answer the question if she used Double Dip, so she decided to walk away with $16,000. The correct answer was B: Red meat and gin

The categories for Michelle's remaining questions would have been "Fathers & Sons," "How's That?," "Asian Relations," "Size Matters" and "Paper Work."

Preceded by
Gary Cousins
U.S. Contestant (10th Anniversary Special)
Michelle Ribeiro
Succeeded by
John Zimcosky