¿Quién quiere ser millonario? (in 1999-2001 ¿Quiere ser millonario? 50 por 15; in 2012 ¿Quién quiere ser El millonario?) is the Spanish version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The show was hosted by Carlos Sobera from 1999 to 2008, Antonio Garrido in 2009, Núria Roca in 2012 and Juanra Bonet since 2020. The goal of the game is win the top prize by answering 15 questions (reduced to 12 questions in 2009) correctly.


Lifelines

Current lifelines

  • 50:50 (Cincuenta por ciento): The computer eliminates two wrong answers, leaving the right answer and one remaining wrong answer. (used in 1999-2009, 2020-)
  • Ask the Audience (Comodín del público): Audience members use touch pads to designate what they believe the correct answer to be. The audience choosing each specific option is displayed to the contestant. (used in 1999-2009, 2020-)
  • Phone-A-Friend (Comodín de la llamada): The contestant calls one of up to three friends who provided their phone numbers in advance. The contestant has 30 seconds to read the question and answer choices to the friend who then has the remaining time to offer input. (used in 1999-2009, 2021-)

Former lifelines

  • Plus One (Comodín del familiar/experto): A friend of the contestant is in the audience. When the contestant decides to use the lifeline, the friend will step onto the stage and try to help them. (used in winter 2020)
  • Switch the Question (Cambio de pregunta): Replaces the current question with another of the same monetary value. The contestants have this lifeline since the first guaranteed sum. (used in 2008).
  • Pass (Pasar): Only lifeline in the Hot Seat format. The contestant can use this life to not give an answer. The next contestant must answer the question. (used in 2012)

Seasons

There were seven seasons of the show:

  • The Season 1* was aired on Telecinco started on 17th April 1999 (Spain was the third country outside UK to aired the show) and it finished on December 2001. The show was hosted by Carlos Sobera. The program started with low ratings, but when it was moved to the weekable afternoon was leader in rating. The original subtitle ''50 por 15'' referred to winning 50 million pesetas (Spain's original currency before Spain switched to the Euro) for answering 15 questions correctly.
  • The Season 2* was aired on Antena 3 on 25th July of 2005 and finished on late 2007. It was the first edition in Euro-era. Also hosted by Carlos Sobera. Antena 3 make a brake in early 2006 and the program returns in June 2006 until late 2007.
  • The Season 3 was premiered on Antena 3 on 12th January 2008 starting with two celebrity couples. The regular episodes were aired since 31st March until May. The set had little changes, and the graphics were updated to the international blue graphics and new money tree. This edition was the only one to have four lifelines, which were the three original lifelines and Switch the Question since the sixth question. This was the last season hosted by Carlos Sobera before he left Antena 3, some episodes were never aired.
  • The Season 4 was aired between May and July 2009, a year after his cancellation, with the 12-question format and another changes in the set. The host was Antonio Garrido, who was selected after a very long casting; Antena 3 was planning to put a woman as a host. The cues used in the series was composed by Keith & Matthew Strachan, not the cues composed by Ramon Covalo. The show should had continued after the summer break, but Antena 3 cancelled sue to the low ratings.
  • The Season 5 was aired on La Sexta under the Hot Seat format, with a top prize of 100.000 €. It was hosted by Núria Roca. Tthe show was not renovated due to the very low ratings, but until November 2012 are emited and repeat the 74 episodes. The name of the show was ''¿Quién quiere ser El Millonario?'' but was known under the simplified name "El Millonario" and the first episode was aired on February 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm.
  • The Season 6 is aired on Antena 3 since January 22, 2020. The show was taped on May 2019 and January 2020 on Poland set, like the italian version. The host is Juanra Bonet. Returns the 1.000.000 € as the top prize, the Plus One lifeline replaces the Phone-a-Friend and the second milestone is chosen by the players after answer the fifth question. In this edition will have contestants in "Grand Slam" format and it had the longest episodes (90 minutes).
  • The Season 7 will be aired on Antena 3 since February 2021. Juanra Bonet repeats as host. The show was taped in July 2020 in a brand new set in Madrid. The only change respect the previous season is the Phone-a-Friend lifeline returns making the Plus One lifeline removed. The episodes will be with celebrity contestants and it's open the possibility to keep airing the show with anonimous contestants.

*Seasons 1 and 2 were very long and are divided in many parts.

Money Trees

The bold numbers are safety nets.

1999 - 2001

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
15 50.000.000 ₧ 24.000.000 ₧ 1.500.000 ₧ 22.500.000 ₧
14 24.000.000 ₧ 12.000.000 ₧ 10.500.000 ₧
13 12.000.000 ₧ 6.000.000 ₧ 4.500.000 ₧
12 6.000.000 ₧ 3.000.000 ₧ 1.500.000 ₧
11 3.000.000 ₧ 1.500.000 ₧ 0 ₧
10 1.500.000 ₧ 750.000 ₧ 300.000 ₧ 450.000 ₧
9 750.000 ₧ 600.000 ₧ 300.000 ₧
8 600.000 ₧ 450.000 ₧ 150.000 ₧
7 450.000 ₧ 350.000 ₧ 50.000 ₧
6 350.000 ₧ 300.000 ₧ 0 ₧
5 300.000 ₧ 150.000 ₧ 0 ₧ 150.000 ₧
4 150.000 ₧ 75.000 ₧ 75.000 ₧
3 75.000 ₧ 50.000 ₧ 50.000 ₧
2 50.000 ₧ 25.000 ₧ 25.000 ₧
1 25.000 ₧ 0 ₧ 0 ₧

2005 - 2007

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
15 1.000.000 € 300.000 € 15.000 € 285.000 €
14 300.000 € 100.000 € 85.000 €
13 100.000 € 50.000 € 35.000 €
12 50.000 € 25.000 € 10.000 €
11 25.000 € 15.000 € 0 €
10 15.000 € 10.000 € 1000 € 9000 €
9 10.000 € 6500 € 5500 €
8 6500 € 4000 € 3000 €
7 4000 € 2000 € 1000 €
6 2000 € 1000 € 0 €
5 1000 € 500 € 0 € 500 €
4 500 € 300 € 300 €
3 300 € 200 € 200 €
2 200 € 100 € 100 €
1 100 € 0 € 0 €

2008

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
15 1.000.000 € 300.000 € 10.000 € 290.000 €
14 300.000 € 100.000 € 90.000 €
13 100.000 € 30.000 € 20.000 €
12 30.000 € 15.000 € 5000 €
11 15.000 € 10.000 € 0 €
10 10.000 € 8000 € 1000 € 7000 €
9 8000 € 6000 € 5000 €
8 6000 € 4000 € 3000 €
7 4000 € 2000 € 1000 €
6 2000 € 1000 € 0 €
5 1000 € 500 € 0 € 500 €
4 500 € 300 € 300 €
3 300 € 200 € 200 €
2 200 € 100 € 100 €
1 100 € 0 € 0 €

2009

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
12 1.000.000 € 250.000 € 6000 € 244.000 €
11 250.000 € 75.000 € 69.000 €
10 75.000 € 25.000 € 19.000 €
9 25.000 € 12.000 € 6000 €
8 12.000 € 6000 € 0 €
7 6000 € 5000 € 1000 € 4000 €
6 5000 € 4000 € 3000 €
5 4000 € 3000 € 2000 €
4 3000 € 2000 € 1000 €
3 2000 € 1000 € 0 €
2 1000 € 500 € 0 € 500 €
1 500 € 0 € 0 €

2012 (Hot Seat)

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
15 100.000 € 29.000 €
14 30.000 € 14.000 €
13 15.000 € 9000 €
12 10.000 € 7000 €
11 8000 € 5000 €
10 6000 € 3000 €
9 4000 € 2000 €
8 3000 € 1000 €
7 2000 € 500 €
6 1500 € 0 €
5 1000 € 700 €
4 700 € 400 €
3 400 € 200 €
2 200 € 100 €
1 100 € 0 €

2020-

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
15 1.000.000 € 300.000 € depends on the second safety net
14 300.000 € 100.000 €
13 100.000 € 50.000 €
12 50.000 € 30.000 €
11 30.000 € 20.000 €
10 20.000 € 15.000 €
9 15.000 € 10.000 €
8 10.000 € 5000 €
7 5000 € 2500 €
6 2500 € 1500 € 1500 € 0 €
5 1500 € 750 € 0 € 750 €
4 750 € 500 € 500 €
3 500 € 250 € 250 €
2 250 € 100 € 100 €
1 100 € 0 € 0 €

Amounts lost depending on the second safety net (2020-)

Question
No.
Question
Value
Amount Lost for a Wrong Answer (if safety net is set at...)
2.500 € 5.000 € 10.000 € 15.000 € 20.000 € 30.000 € 50.000 € 100.000 € 300.000 €
7 5000 € 0 € 1000 € - - - - - - -
8 10.000 € 2500 € 0 € 3500 € - - - - - -
9 15.000 € 7500 € 5000 € 0 € 8500 € - - - - -
10 20.000 € 12.500 € 10.000 € 5000 € 0 € 13.500 € - - - -
11 30.000 € 17.500 € 15.000 € 10.000 € 5000 € 0 € 18.500 € - - -
12 50.000 € 27.500 € 25.000 € 20.000 € 15.000 € 10.000 € 0 € 28.500 € - -
13 100.000 € 47.500 € 45.000 € 40.000 € 35.000 € 30.000 € 20.000 € 0 € 48.500 € -
14 300.000 € 97.500 € 95.000 € 90.000 € 85.000 € 80.000 € 70.000 € 50.000 € 0 € 198.500 €
15 1.000.000 € 297.500 € 295.000 € 290.000 € 285.000 € 280.000 € 270.000 € 250.000 € 200.000 € 0 €

Winners

Top Prize Winners

0 ₧ winners (incomplete)

Biggest winners (incomplete)

  • Agustín Pérez - 24,000,000 ₧ (June 21, 2000) - First Penultimate Prize Winner of the show.
  • Carmen Puli - 12,000,000 ₧ (before September 2000) - Walked away on the Penultimate Question.
  • Javier Freixes - 12,000,000 ₧ (February 2001) - Walked away on the Penultimate Question.
  • unknown men - 100.000 € (28th September 2006) - Walked away on the Penultimate Question.
  • Fermín Villar - 100.000 € (16th November 2006) - Walked away on the Penultimate Question.
  • Daniel Lasmarías - 75.000 € (1st June 2009) - Walked away at on the Penultimate Question (11 of 12).
  • Claudia Gómez - 30.000 € (2nd March 2012) - Hot Seat Penultimate Prize Winner.
  • Javi Miralles - 100.000 € (5th February 2020) - Walked away on the Penultimate Question.

Trivia

  • Gerardo Ramírez is first contestant in Spain. He won 450.000 ₧ (2,700 €).
  • Enrique Chicote is first winner in Spain, he called his wife to say he knew the answer, like John Carpenter did. He was a contestant again on the 2020 series.
  • Paco Reverte is fourth winner in the "Hot Seat" format. First winner in Spain in almost twelve years.
  • Erundino Alonso is the first contestant of 2020 series. He won 50.000 €.
  • The first graphics of the show were different to the rest of countries. The British-like graphics arrive in 2000.
  • In the program of December 28, 2005; the team spent a joke to Carlos Sobera with a fake contestant. The contestant whose name was Mari Carmen Martín, who starred in the famous moment of the question of the G-spot. Carlos realized the joke when Mari Carmen used the Phone-a-Friend in the tenth question calling a friend telling guess the correct answer without having heard the question.
  • In 2006, two contestants won the Fastest Finger First with the same time.
  • In 2006 a contestant Algeciras, Cadiz have to answer which had been the biggest problem of Rocco Siffredi in the filming of some of its 1300 porn movies. The answer was "Bee bite into the penis" making him 10.000 €. This moment is popular on YouTube, and many users reupload the video with subtiltes to their respective countries.
  • In 2008 season premiere were two Celebrity Specials (Jorge Fernández and Susanna Griso the first; Michelle Jenner and Javier Martín the second one).

Sources

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