How to Become a Contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" can turn you into a tycoon in a matter of weeks. But you have to be in it, to win it. Follow these steps to become a contestant.
Sign Up for an Audition in New York City
Go to the "Millionaire" website and click on "auditions" in the left column of the home page. This will take you to a page on which you can sign up to audition in New York City.
Fill out the online audition form, which will ask you for basic information that includes contact information. The form will also ask you to choose from several dates and times that are available for auditions in New York. Submit this form and wait for "Millionaire" to contact you.
Return to the website in a couple of weeks if you are not available for the dates on the drop-down list. "Millionaire" provides new audition dates every few weeks or so, and it pays to check back later.
Find Other Auditions
Check the "Millionaire" website to find out if the show is conducting "auditions across America." When the show hits the road and conducts auditions, they are usually held in local shopping malls.
Arrive early at any of the traveling audition sites. Most contestants who have auditioned at remote locations say they arrive for a 9 a.m. audition at 7 a.m.
Brush up on movie trivia. Occasionally, "Millionaire" auditions potential contestants on the road for its "Million Dollar Movie Week." That means auditioners will be asked to take a regular test and a test that concentrates on movies.
Survive the Test
Take the 40-question test at the audition. The test is in the same format as the show, with 4 choices for each question. Most contestants say the general knowledge test is easier than they expected, and takes about 10 minutes.
Participate in a 30-second interview with a show producer, once you pass the test. Producers say that out of every 100 people who audition, about 10 to 15 individuals pass the test.
Wait a week or two to receive a postcard from "Millionaire" that says you've officially been placed in the contestant pool and are now eligible to appear on a future show if chosen. Remember that even if you pass the test, your interview is the determining factor on whether you are chosen for the show.
Appear on TV
Wait for "Millionaire" to call and give you a date for the show on which you will appear. Contestants say they usually were notified about 1month in advance of the show date.
Call a maximum of 5 people who can act as your "phone-a-friends" during the show. Remember that these "phone-a-friends" will need to stay close to a land-line phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the taping.
Complete a three-page questionnaire about possible topics that the host, Meredith Vieira, can talk about when you're on the air.
Read and sign the "Millionaire" rules, a 50-page document that dictates everything you'll need to do, including what to wear and what not to wear.
To be eligible as a contestant, you must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. resident and never have played in the "hot seat" on either the network or syndicated version of "Millionaire."