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Be a Contestant on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'


Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire is a fairly straight-forward quiz show that has seen many contestants walk away with big cash winnings over the years. Once a huge hit in prime time, the show is now a half-hour syndicated game hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

Eligibility Requirements

As is always the case, there are some eligibility requirements you'll need to adhere to in order to qualify to be on the show. These include:

  • You must be a legal resident of the United States

  • You must be 18 years of age or older

  • You must have never played in the hot seat in either the prime time or syndicated version of the show

  • Employees, immediate family members, or those living in the same residence of any company related to the show are ineligible to play (companies include Disney, Embassy Row, Capital One, and any other advertiser)

  • You must be willing and able to travel to New York City at your own expense for the show taping

For a complete description of all eligibility requirements, see the official rules.

What You Need to Bring

You'll find all of the different ways to audition for the show below, but no matter which way you choose you'll have to bring the following pieces of identification with you:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of residency

Attend a Taping, Get an Audition

One of the easiest ways to become a Who Wants to be a Millionaire contestant is to attend a live taping in New York City; here's how to order your tickets. When you arrive for the taping, you'll have the opportunity to also audition to be on the show.

The audition consists of a written test first, and if you pass you'll be asked to do an interview with a show representative. Make it through the interview successfully, and you're in the contestant pool! Even if you don't make it through the test or interview, you'll get some neat WWTBAM swag to take home with you.

Applying for Themed Episodes

Each season Millionaire has a few special theme weeks, like Movie Week or Wedding Week. Check the official website for audition dates for these. Since the show only tapes from July to November though, these spots are very limited.

Auditions for themed weeks work the same as other Millionaire auditions, beginning with a written test and culminating with the interview. If you are accepted into the contestant pool, you will be notified by postal mail.

Open Calls and Team Auditions

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire also conducts open casting calls in locations around the country to find contestants. These usually take place in late spring/early summer, and all dates and locations are listed on their website. If you plan to attend one of these open calls, get there early because the show makes no guarantees on how many people will be tested at each venue.

Occasionally the show features "team" play, in which two people play the game together. In this case, contestant auditions are announced on the website and both members of the team must pass the written test and the interview to be considered. If only one person makes it through the audition successfully, they will be placed into the contestant pool for individual play.


If you made it into the contestant pool, congratulations! Now it's a waiting game to see if you're chosen to be on the show. If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll get a phone call from a staff member and this call will be recorded. You'll be asked to confirm the information on your initial application form, and to verify that you meet all of the eligibility requirements. Then you'll be given a date for your scheduled appearance on the show.

Once again, you'll have to make your own travel arrangements to New York City for the taping, at your own expense.

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