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£1,000,000 Lose Cue

Description

When a contestant answers the last question wrong.

First Country

Japan

First Date

October 12, 2000

First Contestant

LaSalle Ishii

Latest Country

Russia

Latest Date

February 17, 2018

Latest Contestants

Keti Topuria and Vladimir Mikloshich

$1,000,000 Lose - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

$1,000,000 Lose - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

The most dreadful sound to hear from the WWTBAM soundtrack

The million pound lose cue is among the scariest of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? music cues. It will be played should a particular contestant get the final question wrong, and lose a massive amount of prize money (usually 468,000 units of the local currency). The sound incorporates the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? theme song, yet gives a dramatic and haunting spin on it, and played in C minor. Despite many countries switching to the new formats and replacing the Keith & Matthew Strachan musical scores in favor of the Ramon Covalo scores, the million pound lose cue, along with its polar opposite counterpart, the million pound win cue, has unfortunately been kept.

Since contestants are usually careful enough to not get the last question wrong and risk losing their money, the cue is rarely heard.

The cue is featured on the UK version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: The Album" as the 61st track and has also been included in the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire video games.

Another scary and least popular sound on the show is the klaxon.

PlayedEdit

JapanEdit

  • October 12, 2000
  • April 5, 2001
  • October 18, 2001
  • November 8, 2001
  • November 15, 2001
  • November 22, 2002
  • May 2, 2002
  • July 18, 2002
  • October 3, 2002
  • November 14, 2002
  • December 19, 2002
  • Yt icon 2017 April 3, 2003 (twice)
  • September 4, 2003 (twice)
  • December 18, 2003
  • January 2, 2004
  • May 6, 2004
  • May 27, 2004
  • July 8, 2004
  • August 26, 2004
  • September 2, 2004
  • September 30, 2004
  • January 20, 2005
  • October 6, 2005
  • November 10, 2005
  • November 17, 2005
  • January 2, 2006
  • January 19, 2006
  • March 23, 2006
  • July 13, 2006 (twice)
  • August 31, 2006
  • Yt icon 2017 November 23, 2006
  • November 30, 2006
  • January 2, 2007
  • February 22, 2007
  • Yt icon 2017 March 8, 2007
  • March 29, 2007
  • May 3, 2007
  • July 5, 2007
  • August 29, 2007
  • December 23, 2007
  • March 27, 2008
  • Yt icon 2017 September 18, 2008

Norway Edit

  • March 2, 2001

India (Hindi) Edit

Greece Edit

Hong Kong Edit

  • November 9, 2001

Bulgaria Edit

Poland Edit

  • June 2, 2002

Croatia Edit

  • May 8, 2003
  • January 20, 2005

Netherlands Edit

Russia Edit

Australia Edit

United States Edit

Costa Rica Edit

Denmark Edit

Turkey Edit

Germany Edit

Philippines Edit

  • August 23, 2015

Nigeria Edit

  • March 7, 2016

Unplayed Edit

United Kingdom Edit

United States Edit


TriviaEdit

  • The first time it was heard worldwide is when LaSalle Ishii answered the ¥10,000,000 question wrong on October 12, 2000.
  • It, along with the klaxon, is among the most unpopular and frightening of the Millionaire musical themes. But the million pound lose cue is the least heard as the klaxon occurs at the end of most shows.
  • Even in countries where they have retired most of the older Keith & Matthew Strachan cues in favor of the Ramon Covalo cues, both the original million pound lose cue, as well as its polar opposite counterpart, the original million pound win cue, have been retained by all versions other than the the U.S. version, which switched to an entirely new soundtrack composed by Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams in 2010, which does contain a million dollar win cue, but not a million dollar lose cue.
  • Even though it has heard rarely than the £1,000,000 win cue, it was played first before the winning cue in Costa Rica, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Australia's spin-off.
  • The only time it was heard in the U.S. version was when Ken Basin missed his million dollar question during the 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration.
  • Thankfully, despite it being originally made in the United Kingdom by Keith and Matthew Strachan, it was never played on Chris Tarrant's programme as when Laurence and Jackie Llewellyn Bowen missed their (flawed) final question, it was instead replaced by the £500,000 lose cue. It is, however, included in PAL versions of the video games.
  • When Kevin Short answered his $1,000,000 question wrong on Millionaire Hot Seat, this music is played low pitched.
  • In some of the Latin American versions of the show, the million pound lose cue also plays when a contestant wins nothing by losing on one of the first 5 questions, and accompanies the £100-£1,000 lose cue. The £100-£1,000 lose cue is played first, when the right answer is revealed, followed by the million pound lose cue when the screen says, "Total Prize Money: 0 units of the local currency."
  • In Chile and Italy, when a contestant walks away from the final question, the million pound lose cue also plays when the correct answer is revealed, even though the contestant walked away and did not lose any prize money.