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Ai Là Triệu Phú is the Vietnamese version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which premiered on January 4, 2005 on VTV3. The main goal of the show is to win 150,000,000₫ (about $6,585) by answering 15 multiple choice questions correctly (the previous top prizes were 50,000,000₫, 100,000,000₫ and 120,000,000₫). The show is broadcasted on VTV3 every Tuesday at 8.30 pm (GMT +7) (earlier 8.00 pm and 8.05 pm) and rebroadcasted at 10.00 am (earlier 9.20 am) on Wednesday.

The show was hosted by Lại Văn Sâm from January 4, 2005 to December 26, 2017. He left the show after his retirement at age 60. After the last episode featuring him as the host was broadcast on VTV3, there was a selection of who would become the new host. At the end of the selection, Phan Đăng was chosen to take over the role as the new host of the show from 2018 afterwards.

Filming

The show filming takes place in the studio of Vietnam Television Station (VTV) in Giảng Võ, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Rules - Effective from January 2, 2018

A contestant is asked a series of up to 15 questions with increasing difficulty with no time limit. Questions 5 and 10 are known as milestone questions, if they are answered correctly, the contestant's minimum payout will be increased. This continues until either the contestant answers all 15 questions correctly, misses a question or decides to walk away with all the money they have won so far. Any of these conditions being satisfied marks the end of a contestant's game.

After viewing a question, the contestant can walk away or continue. If they walk away, they will leave with the money already won rather than guessing the answer. If the contestant answers a question incorrectly, the game ends and all of their winnings are lost, except that the ₫2,000,000 and ₫22,000,000 prizes are guaranteed. A contestant could leave empty handed if they provide a wrong answer to any of the first five questions. By correctly answering all 15 questions, the player becomes a "millionaire".

After the previous contestant finishes the game, the host will invite the next contestant until the end of the program. If the player has not finished the game but time is up, the player will be able to continue in the next episode.

Lifelines

There are four lifelines:

  • 50:50 (Năm mươi - Năm mươi)
  • Phone-A-Friend (Gọi điện thoại cho người thân)
  • Ask the Audience (Xin ý kiến khán giả trường quay, previously "Hỏi ý kiến khán giả trong trường quay")
  • Three of the Audience (Hỏi ý kiến của tổ tư vấn trường quay, previously "Tư vấn tại chỗ") (May 20, 2008 - present). When this lifeline is picked, three people in the audience are randomly selected by the contestant for assistance, and they suggest the contestant the answer they think is correct. Can be used after answering the ₫2,000,000 question (5th question) correctly. A total prize fund of 600,000₫ is shared equally for each correct answer. However, if none of the three contestants give the correct answer, the prize fund will not be split.

Special episodes

The producers of the show usually celebrate holidays in Vietnam by producing episodes with specific contestants that the producers invite to join the show (i.e. On the International Day of Older Persons episode, the show will invite contestants whose age is at least 50). Celebrity contestants may also appear on major holidays (such as Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day and International Women's Day) and they are allowed to keep their winnings or donate them to their charity of choice.

Seasons

  • Season 1 (37 episodes, January 4, 2005 - October 11, 2005)
  • Season 2 (72 episodes, October 18, 2005 - February 27, 2007)
  • Season 3 (63 episodes, March 6, 2007 - May 13, 2008)
  • Season 4 (119 episodes, May 20, 2008 - August 31, 2010)
  • Season 5 (50 episodes, July 5, 2011 - June 12, 2012)
  • Season 6 (121 episodes, June 19, 2012 - September 23, 2014)
  • Season 7 (58 episodes, September 30, 2014 - November 3, 2015)
  • Season 8 (112 episodes, November 10, 2015 - December 26, 2017)
  • Season 9 (56 episodes, January 2, 2018 - January 29, 2019)
  • Season 10 (? episodes, February 12, 2019 - present)

Current money tree

This is the current money tree which was introduced on June 19, 2012 and it features 15 questions with the top prize of ₫150,000,000:

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Gained for

a Right Answer

Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
1 ₫200,000 ₫0 ₫0 ₫200,000 ₫0
2 ₫400,000 ₫200,000 ₫200,000 ₫200,000
3 ₫600,000 ₫400,000 ₫200,000 ₫400,000
4 ₫1,000,000 ₫600,000 ₫400,000 ₫600,000
5 ₫2,000,000 ₫1,000,000 ₫1,000,000 ₫1,000,000
6 ₫3,000,000 ₫2,000,000 ₫2,000,000 ₫1,000,000 ₫0
7 ₫6,000,000 ₫3,000,000 ₫3,000,000 ₫1,000,000
8 ₫10,000,000 ₫6,000,000 ₫4,000,000 ₫4,000,000
9 ₫14,000,000 ₫10,000,000 ₫4,000,000 ₫8,000,000
10 ₫22,000,000 ₫14,000,000 ₫8,000,000 ₫12,000,000
11 ₫30,000,000 ₫22,000,000 ₫22,000,000 ₫8,000,000 ₫0
12 ₫40,000,000 ₫30,000,000 ₫10,000,000 ₫8,000,000
13 ₫60,000,000 ₫40,000,000 ₫20,000,000 ₫18,000,000
14 ₫85,000,000 ₫60,000,000 ₫25,000,000 ₫38,000,000
15 ₫150,000,000 ₫85,000,000 ₫65,000,000 ₫63,000,000

Previous money trees

Question Prize (January 4, 2005 - October 11, 2005, version 1) Prize (October 18, 2005 - December 26, 2006, version 2) Prize (January 2, 2007 - June 12, 2012, version 3)
15 ₫50,000,000 ₫100,000,000 ₫120,000,000
14 ₫30,000,000 ₫65,000,000 ₫80,000,000
13 ₫20,000,000 ₫40,000,000 ₫50,000,000
12 ₫14,000,000 ₫25,000,000 ₫35,000,000
11 ₫10,000,000 ₫15,000,000 ₫25,000,000
10 ₫6,800,000 ₫10,000,000 ₫15,000,000
9 ₫4,800,000 ₫7,000,000 ₫9,000,000
8 ₫3,200,000 ₫5,000,000 ₫6,000,000
7 ₫2,000,000 ₫3,200,000 ₫3,600,000
6 ₫1,200,000 ₫1,800,000 ₫2,000,000
5 ₫800,000 ₫1,000,000 ₫1,000,000
4 ₫500,000 ₫500,000 ₫500,000
3 ₫300,000 ₫300,000 ₫300,000
2 ₫200,000 ₫200,000 ₫200,000
1 ₫100,000 ₫100,000 ₫100,000

Top prize winner

No one in the show has ever won the top prize. On September 7, 2013, singer Phương Thanh participated in a simulated game (a comedy in the show "A day with VTV"), she "simulatedly" answered all 15 questions correctly and became a "Millionaire". Also, she won the top prize of "working as an editor of Ai Là Triệu Phú for a day".

The biggest winners

The biggest losers

  • Unknown Player - ₫15,000,000 (April - May 2007) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫20,000,000)
  • Lê Minh Khánh - ₫15,000,000 (June 19, 2007) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫20,000,000)
  • Unknown Player - ₫15,000,000 (2007) (14th question wrong) (lost ₫35,000,000)
  • Đặng Thị Thùy Mai - ₫15,000,000 (2009) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫10,000,000)
  • Lưu Thanh Sơn - ₫15,000,000 (August 24, 2010) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫10,000,000)
  • Phạm Quang Hòa - ₫15,000,000 (July 19, 2011) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫10,000,000)
  • Lã Thành Công and Lê Thanh Hà - ₫15,000,000 (February 14, 2012) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫20,000,000)
  • Nguyễn Khắc Hoàng Minh - ₫22,000,000 (December 9, 2014) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Hoàng Bách - ₫22,000,000 (December 30, 2014) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Trần Minh Hùng - ₫22,000,000 (May 26, 2015) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Phạm Hoàng Anh - ₫22,000,000 (May 24, 2016) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Lê Xuân Duy - ₫22,000,000 (October 11, 2016) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Trương Anh Ngọc - ₫22,000,000 (February 14, 2017) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Unknown Player - ₫22,000,000 (October 31, 2017) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Lê Thị Thanh Huyền - ₫22,000,000 (January 2, 2018) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
  • Nguyễn Thị Thành - ₫22,000,000 (March 13, 2018) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Cao Bá Cường - ₫22,000,000 (May 8, 2018) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
  • Lê Thị Lan - ₫22,000,000 (July 17, 2018) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Nguyễn Hữu Huy - ₫22,000,000 (August 21, 2018) (12th question wrong) (lost ₫8,000,000)
  • Nguyễn Hữu Lợi - ₫22,000,000 (September 25, 2018) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
  • Hồ Thị Thùy Như - ₫22,000,000 (January 7, 2020) (14th question wrong) (lost ₫38,000,000)

Contestants who missed their 10th question

Contestants who walked away empty-handed

There has been 6 contestants in Vietnam who walked away with nothing. Empty-handed contestants starting from 2011 in Vietnam will not be aired on TV, to prevent at-home viewing public from harassing them with nasty comments online.

  • According to the article about the premiere of the show, there had been 3 contestants who left empty-handed in 2005.
  • In 2006, 5 contestants left empty-handed, including 3 women before Nguyễn Thế Kiên on the same episode.
  • One contestant in 2007 answered the first question wrong and won absolutely nothing.
  • In 2009, an 66 years old man left empty-hand after answering this question wrong:


?₫ (? of 15) - Not timed
What does the daughter-in-law called when she goes to her husband's house?
• A: Xuất khẩu (Export) • B: Xuất giá
• C: Xuất cảnh (Exit of a country) • D: Xuất bản (Publish)
  • In 2019, one unknown woman left empty-handed, but the host gave the contestant ₫200,000 as a consolation prize. Her run was not aired on TV.

Trivia

  • On April 26, 2016, Trần Văn Tiền took the Ask the Audience lifeline in question 1 and 100% of which voted for one answer.
  • On May 6, 2014, Phạm Thị Thu also took the Ask the Audience lifeline on her 8th question and 100% of the audience voted for one answer. The answer turned out to be incorrect.
  • From 2003 to 2007, HTV7 aired a game show called Rồng vàng (translated into English as Golden Dragon) which is similar to the Thai version of WWTBAM.
  • On September 9, 2014, Trần Trúc Anh took the People Speak lifeline on her 9th question and all 3 people gave her the wrong answer. It has also happened many times in addition, since the lifeline is introduced in 2008.
    • Ironically, they were all members of the audience who, at that time, were still learning in university.
  • Since Phan Đăng became the new host, the Fastest Finger First round is dropped and contestants are invited to the studio instead.
  • There has been at least one contestant who incorrectly answered the 14th question.
  • Lê Thị Hồng was a contestant on the show on July 31, 2007, who won ₫1,000,000. She was a wanted crime who took part in the show under a different name and got arrested after 11 years of hiding in Đồng Nai, Vietnam.
  • From 2017 onward, contestants who have chosen their "Phone-a-Friend" option will be using video calls instead of phone calls.
    • However, video calls are rarely used and it was only frequently used in some of the first episodes aired in 2018.
  • Ai Là Triệu Phú temporary stopped airing on March 20, 2018 for one week due to the death of Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải. Instead, Điều ước thứ 7 and Lời ru của mẹ replaced it.
  • On the VTV3 11th anniversary special on March 31, 2009, the three pair of contestants in the episode, for the first time, were ready to left hot seat before the host reveals their answer was incorrect, thanks to their knowledge of the studio lights, having worked for VTV.
  • On the episode broadcast on September 25, 2018, the intro used during the period from 2008 to 2012 and the soundtrack from 2000 was incidentally reused.

See also

Sources

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