Simo Rantanen, a 32-year-old biller and metalhead from Tampere, was a contestant on the 2016 spring season of the Finnish version of the show on February 27 and March 5, 2016. He walked away with €7,000, having decided to walk away in the tenth question.

His run was shot on January 11, 2016.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put the following days of the week in order according to the calendar, starting from Monday.
• A: Mittwoch (Wednesday in German) • B: Sonntag (Sunday in German)
• C: Donnerstag (Thursday in German) • D: Montag (Monday in German)
From the 6 contestants, 4 got it right. Simo got it right with a time of 4.85 seconds, but Joonas Palkonen (with a time of 4.38 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-A-C-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Fastest Finger First Question
Arrange the following historical events in chronological order from the oldest to the youngest.
• A: Finland joined the European Union • B: The Winter War
• C: Finnish independence • D: Euro replaced the mark
From the 5 remaining contestants, 3 got it right, but Simo (with a time of 7.88 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Simo's Run to the Million Edit

€100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
If you order porter in a restaurant, what will you get?
• A: Beer • B: Sausage
• C: Spicy soup • D: Cider
Jyrki Toikkanen was asked the same question in October 2001.

€300 (2 of 15) - Not timed
The famous The Little Mermaid statue is a symbol of what city?
'Ask 3 of the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Tokyo • B: Copenhagen
• C: Beijing • D: Cairo
Simo did not have a clue, so he decided to ask three of the audience. About half of the audience stood up. Simo picked Esa (hometown not mentioned), Janne (from Helsinki), and Jani (from Helsinki). They all said the answer is B: Copenhagen. Simo went with them and won €300. Esa, Janne, and Jani got gift cards of Scandic Hotels for answering correctly.

€500 (3 of 15) - Not timed
Mark Zuckerberg became famous for founding what?
• A: Angry Birds • B: Facebook
• C: Starbucks • D: Wikileaks

€700 (4 of 15) - Not timed
What is the surname of TV's "Suomen huutokauppakeisari" auctioneer?
• A: Kohtanen • B: Palsanmäki
• C: Sävy • D: Lakkamäki

€1,000 (5 of 15) - Not timed
Hanno Möttölä was a driving force of what team?
• A: Leijonat (The Lions, Finland men's national ice hockey team) • B: Huuhkajat (The Eagle-owls, Finland national football team)
• C: Susijengi (The Wolf Pack, Finland national basketball team) • D: Sisujengi (The Gut Pack, a made-up name)
As Simo said, Hanno Möttölä was the first Finnish NBA player.

€2,000 (6 of 15) - Not timed
Super Mario Bros. is a computer game classic. What is the occupation of Mario?
• A: Plumberman • B: Pilot
• C: Firefighter • D: Policeman

€3,000 (7 of 15) - Not timed
Who was the first female as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
• A: Helen Mirren • B: Emma Thompson
• C: Kristin Scott Thomas • D: Margaret Thatcher
As Simo pointed out, the other three are actresses.

€5,000 (8 of 15) - Not timed
Whose radio hit is 'Sä et ole hullu' (You Are Not Crazy)?
'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Sanni • B: Janna
• C: Anna Puu • D: Ellinoora
Simo had no idea, since it was not his style of music. He phoned his friend Jarkko Joutsi who said he is quite sure the answer is Janna. Simo wanted to be sure, so he used '50:50' lifeline, leaving A: Sanni, and B: Janna. Simo went with Jarkko and, humorously, said he would beat him up, if the answer was wrong, but if the answer was right, Simo would buy him a beer. The answer was correct, and Simo won €5,000, ending the episode.

€7,000 (9 of 15) - Not timed
According to the oral tradition, how did Joan of Arc die?
• A: She was shot with a rifle • B: She was poisoned
• C: She was burnt at the stake • D: She was run over by a car
Simo said the option D is surely wrong, because cars did not exist back then. Simo had seen a film with Milla Jovovich playing Joan of Arc, and she was burnt at the stake in the film. Simo answered C, winning €7,000.

€10,000 (10 out of 15) - Not timed
Sulids are what kind of animals?
• A: Fish • B: Insects
• C: Birds • D: Lizards
Simo decided to walk away. If he had gone for it, he would have guessed A: Fish. The correct answer was C: Birds.
Preceded by
Joonas Palkonen
Finnish contestant (2016 spring season)
Simo Rantanen
Succeeded by
Tuija Huusko

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