Ai Là Triệu Phú (English translation: Who is the Millionaire?) is a Vietnamese game show which is licensed based of the British game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in the original format, which premiered on January 4, 2005, on VTV3. The main goal of the show is to win ₫150,000,000 (around $6,466) 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 broadcast on VTV3 every Tuesday at 8.30 pm (GMT +7) (earlier 8.00 pm or 8.05 pm) and rebroadcast at 10.00 am (formerly 9.20 am) on the following Wednesday.
The show was hosted by Lại Văn Sâm from January 4, 2005, until December 26, 2017 when he retired at 60 years old. After the last episode featuring him as the host was aired on VTV3, there was a selection of who would become the new host. At the end, Phan Đăng was chosen to take over the role as the new host of the show from 2018 onwards.
The show was replaced by the Hot Seat version called Ai Là Triệu Phú - Ghế Nóng from September 7, 2010, to June 28, 2011. After the audience had feedback to VTV that they like and feel familiar with the original version than the Hot Seat version, the show returned from July 5, 2011 and still going.
- 1 History
- 2 Filming and Production
- 3 Rules
- 4 Lifelines
- 5 Special episodes and 10th Anniversary (2014)
- 6 Seasons
- 7 Money trees
- 8 Top Prize Winners
- 9 Penultimate Prize Winners
- 10 The biggest winners other than Top Prize Winners & Penultimate Prize Winners
- 11 Top Prize Losers
- 12 Penultimate Prize Losers
- 13 The biggest losers other than Penultimate Prize Losers
- 14 Contestants who missed their 10th question
- 15 Contestants who walked away empty-handed
- 16 Catchphrases
- 17 Gallery
- 18 Parodies and Appearances
- 19 Sponsors
- 20 Trivia
- 21 See also
- 22 Sources
- Before Ai Là Triệu Phú, an unlicensed version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in Vietnam titled Rồng vàng was broadcast on HTV7 (Ho Chi Minh City Television) starting from May 23, 2003 and it became popular until around 2005.
- In 2005, after the success of 2 Vietnamese adaption of international gameshows such as Chiếc Nón Kỳ Diệu (Vietnamese version of Wheel of Fortune) and Hãy Chọn Giá Đúng (Vietnamese version of The Price Is Right), former VTV3 chairmen Lại Văn Sâm offered VTV3 staffs to take the British format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to Vietnam and named as Ai là Triệu Phú (Who is the Millionaire?). The show was premiered on January 4, 2005, and became one of the most popular knowledge quiz gameshow in Vietnam. The biggest winner in the first season was Nguyễn Văn Thắng with ₫14,000,000.
- Starting from the Vietnamese Women's Day Special Episode on October 18, 2005, the show's Top Prize was increased to ₫100,000,000. On this year, Phạm Văn Hoan was the most successful contestant, although he only won ₫40,000,000 after answering 13 questions correctly, becoming the biggest winner in the Vietnamese version until 2008. Under this money tree, 2 other contestants won ₫25,000,000 (reached question 13 and took the money).
- In 2007, the show's Top Prize was once again increased, and this time, the Top Prize was ₫120,000,000. Also, Season 3 was the final season using the black graphic as well as the final season Celador owned the show's copyright. The biggest amount of money won in Season 3 was ₫35,000,000 and it was won by at least 3 different contestants. This season also has the show's first-ever Penultimate Prize Loser.
- On May 20, 2008, when the show was owned by Sony Pictures Television (at the time branded 2waytraffic), the show upgraded to the brand new Rave format, making Ai Là Triệu Phú become the first Asian version to use the Rave format, with a new blue graphic (which was used first in the Australian version), along with a new lifeline, Ask Three of the Audience. 2008 is the most successful year when the show had two records: Nguyễn Lê Anh and couple Bùi Thị Hà Thanh and Đào Hồng Vũ, both won ₫80,000,000 after answering the Penultimate Question correctly. An another contestant, Nguyễn Văn Yến also reached the Penultimate Question, but took the money and won ₫50,000,000. In 2009 the biggest win was only ₫35,000,000 and was won by 2 different contestants (Nguyễn Đình Nhân and an unknown elderly). In 2010 it is unknown if any contestant won ₫35,000,000 or not (₫25,000,000 was won at least once)
- The show was replaced by the Hot Seat version called Ai Là Triệu Phú - Ghế Nóng from September 7, 2010, to June 28, 2011. After the audience had feedback that they like and feel familiar with the original version than the Hot Seat version, the show returned from July 5, 2011 to present. The most successful player of 2011 was Lại Tuấn Dũng, when he won ₫50,000,000 and decided to take the money on the Penultimate Question.
- Starting from June 19, 2012, the show's Top Prize was once again increased, and this time, the Top Prize would be ₫150,000,000. Starting from June 2013, VTV3 started broadcasting the channel in HD. Because of that, the show was broadcasted in the 16:9 resolution (HD). This making the size of blue graphic was smaller and same as the one used in Australia. To fix that problem, in September 30, 2014, the show was upgraded to another new blue graphic once again, but it was similar to the 2010 - 2014 UK purple flux background.
- On December 30, 2014, on the 10th Anniversary episode. celebrities Hoàng Bách, Minh Thư, and Tự Long appeared. The episode also mentioned some impressive contestants from 2005 to 2014, including Nguyễn Lê Anh, Nguyễn Thế Kiên, Trần Tiến Thực, Đặng Thiêm, and Trần Khanh.
- Starting from 2015, the show used the 6-player Fastest Finger First format, which was firstly used on Rồng vàng. The December 26, 2017 episode was the final episode with Lại Văn Sâm as the host. Before he left the show, the VTV3 staff and the show's fans showed the special celebration of his final episode. However, the celebration was not shown on air, but it was seen in some newspapers about the taping date of his final episode.
- After the last episode featuring Lại Văn Sâm 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. Since Phan Đăng became the new host, the Fastest Finger First round is dropped and contestants are invited to the studio instead.
- The show 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.
- In 2020, Hồ Thị Thụy Như became the second penultimate prize loser in Vietnam (and the fourth known in the Southeast Asia), and also currently setting the record for losing the biggest amount of money in a single question in the show's history (she lost ₫38,000,000).
- From April 7, 2020, to April 28, 2020, the show was taped before April 1, 2020, because of the isolation order from April 1 to April 15, 2020 (later April 30, 2020) to avoid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Also in the April tapings, no audience in the studio, so the show introduced Ask two Experts and Plus One lifeline as a temporary replacement of Ask Three of the Audience and Ask The Audience. Later it is stilll used even the audience was back.
- On May 26, 2020, the 2waytraffic logo at the end was replaced with Sony Pictures Television, but kept the theme for unknown reasons. However, starting from August 18, 2020, they used the right theme of Sony.
- Season 11 will be the final season using the 2014 blue graphics. According to the VTV3 24th Anniversary news report, VTV3 (which airs the show) said that many gameshow are having big changes, and Ai Là Triệu Phú is no exception. It's said that the show will increase the money tree and use new graphics (confirmed by Nguyễn Diệp Chi that it used the 2010 UK graphics), but it is unknown if the show will build a new beautiful studio with an LED screen or not.
Filming and Production
The show filming takes place in S16 (earlier S10) studio of Vietnam Television Station (VTV) in Đê La Thành, Hanoi, Vietnam. In earlier episodes, the show was taped in the Gia Lam gymnasium, which is also in Hanoi. The original studio design is similar to the British studio.
In some earlier episodes (when the show was taped in the Gia Lam gymnasium), the studio using the yellow lighting system (which was used on some WWTBAM international versions such as the U.K., Russia, the U.S.). Later, when the show moved to the S10 studio of Vietnam Television Station (VTV), the show began using the red lighting system.
The qualification in the Vietnamese version had some rules that was the same as the U.S. version's, except there aissome difference:
- In the test with multiple-choice-questions, there are 800 questions printed in a test paper. The contestants in the qualification round will have 2 hour and 40 minutes to take the test. If they can answer correctly at least 560 questions out of 800, they will move to the interview round.
- In the interview round, the production staff will ask potential contestants some questions in 10 minutes. After a week since the interview round, the show will call them, to announce that they will be in the FFF row on the show.
- Originally from 2005 - 2010, a weekly contest called "Đi tìm triệu phú" (Finding The Millionaire) was made as a part of the qualification for people who would like to join the show. They would have to call a number (19001789) in order to answer questions from the staff on the dial. The winner of the contest would recieve ₫2,000,000 (a Sufat motorcycle earlier) while the two runner-ups would receive ₫1,000,000 (no prize earlier). Also, the top 12 of the contest will automatically be advanced to the interview round without taking the test with multiple-choice questions. However, the contest was discontinued in 2010 with the introduction of the Hot Seat version. Also, the 19001789 phone number was eventually used for a "The Price Is Right" (Hãy Chọn Giá Đúng) weekly bidding contest for a chance to participate a special show at the end of each quarter-year.
Fastest Finger First in Lại Văn Sâm's era (2005-2010, 2011-2017)
Fastest Finger First round existed on the show for 12 years, from 2005 to 2017. There are 10 contestants (6 starting from 2015) playing FFF for the Hot Seat. The original FFF set consists of a computer (from 2005 to 2009) they used a SONY monitor (LG monitor in earlier episode) with a keypad for each contestant to press. However, when the show returned in 2011, the FFF row was upgraded with a touchscreen from Shuttle. When Phan Đăng became the new host since 2018, the FFF was removed, marking the end of FFF row existance after 12 years.
The FFF monitor, host monitor and contestant monitor's graphic is the black graphic through out the entire 15 years, although the show changed to Rave graphic in 2008. Since May 2020, the host monitor and contestant monitor's graphic is the blue one.
In the earlier episodes, they used LG monitors, but they were replaced by SONY's ones from late 2005 to 2009, and SAMSUNG's ones from 2009 to 2016 (including all Hot Seat episodes). On 2011, the show used new FFF touchscreen monitors from Shuttle for FFF Row. Since 2016, the show used new monitors (brand not shown) for the host and contestant.
In Phan Đăng's era (2018-present)
Since Phan Đăng became the new host, the Fastest Finger First round was dropped and contestants are invited straight to the studio instead. Before going to the Hot Seat, the contestant introduces his/her name, address, hobby, nickname, then host Phan Đăng invited the contestant to the Hot Seat.
There are two incidents on this lifeline, and both of them were calling wrong phone number or wrong people:
- The first one was on July 12th, 2005 (?) episode, a contestant named Lê Thanh Huệ using Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call doctor Tùng, who was working on 108 Hospital. But the show accidentally called an unknown woman (the phone number is the hospital's number). After that she had to phone her dad named Thuộc, but the computer didn't have any of his information in order to call. There's a mistake of the name (the computer flashed the name Thuật and the contestant's dad was named Thuộc). She ended up not using Phone-a-Friend and answered the question. This is the first ever known Phone-a-Friend lifeline incident in the history of the show as well as International WWTBAM.
- The second one was on May 7th, 2019 episode, a contestant name Phạm Quỳnh Như using Phone-a-Friend lifeline on the 6th question to call Vũ Văn Khanh. But the show had called a wrong phone number (The woman on the phone said "Wrong number!"). The host (Phan Đăng) said that this is the first time a Phone-a-Friend lifeline incident happened on Ai Là Triệu Phú's 15-year history, and the show will call him once again, and this time, they called the right phone number.
Fastest Finger First (2005-2010, 2011-2017)
The 10 contestants (6 starting from 2015 to 2017) would be given a question and four answers, and they must put those answers in the correct order within 20 seconds. After the time was up, the computer would then give the correct order, displayed green in the name bar of the contestant who got it right, and flash the contestant's bar name who got it in the fastest time; that contestant would advance to the hot seat.
Gameplay (2005-2010, 2011-2017)
A contestant will be asked a series of up to 15 questions with increased difficulty with no time limit. Questions 5 and 10 are known as milestone questions, if they are answered correctly, the value of the milestone question will be the contestant's minimum prize when they answered a question incorrectly. 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 choose to 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 money value on 5th question and 10th question are isranteed. A contestant could leave empty-handed if they give a wrong answer to any of the first five question (whsich was never on-air since 2011 to prevent home the viewing public from harassing them). By correctly answering all 15 questions, the player will become a "Millionaire".
After the previous contestant finishes the game, the next FFF question will be played. If the player has not finished the game but the episode's time is up, the player will be able to continue their run in the next episode.
Since Phan Đăng's era (2018 - present), the Fastest Finger First round was removed, contestants are now invited staright to the Hot Seat. The gameplay was the same as Lại Văn Sâm's era (2005 - 2017), except after the previous contestant finishes the game, the host will invite the next contestant to the Hot Seat until the end of the episode.
In the show, there are four main lifelines (sự trợ giúp): 50:50, Phone-A-Friend, Ask the Audience and Three of the Audience. From May 5, 2020, the Ask the Audience and Three of the Audience were temporarily removed and replaced by Plus One and Ask two Experts due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (later it is still being used even after the audience was back).
- 50:50 (Năm mươi - Năm mươi)
- Phone-A-Friend (Gọi điện thoại cho người thân). On 2017, the video call was added on this lifeline, but it was removed since 2018.
- Plus One (Hỏi ý kiến bạn đồng hành) (May 5, 2020-present) - The contestant's friend will step onto the stage and try to help them. They will stay on the stage until the contestant either answers the question or decides to walk away, even when further lifelines are used. This used to be one of the show's two lifelines that was added temporarily due to coronavirus since May 2020, however, in June 2020 recording session, this lifeline was confirmed to be added permanently.
- Ask two Experts / Two Wise Men (Xin ý kiến của những nhà thông thái) (May 5, 2020-present) - This lifeline was a variation of Ask the Expert, Ask the Star, and the third modified version of Three Wise Men. This used to be one of the show's two lifelines that was added temporarily due to coronavirus since May 2020, however, in June 2020 recording session, this lifeline was confirmed to be added permanently.
- Ask the Audience (Xin ý kiến khán giả trường quay, previously "Hỏi ý kiến khán giả trong trường quay") (January 4, 2005-April 28, 2020) - The host will reread the question and the 4 possible answers (two if a 50:50 was previously used), and then the audience members will answer the question using an electronic keypad provided by the show with buttons A, B, C, and D. After 20 seconds, a graph displaying the percentage of people who voted for each answer is shown in the contestant's and host's monitors. After a brief read over of the results by the host, the contestant can choose to go with the audience or not, or maybe using another lifeline or even walking away. This used to be one of the show's two lifelines that were removed temporarily due to coronavirus since May 2020, however, in June 2020 recording session, this lifeline was confirmed to be replaced permanently.
- Three of the Audience (Hỏi ý kiến của tổ tư vấn trường quay, previously "Tư vấn tại chỗ") (April 8, 2008-April 28, 2020) - When this lifeline is picked, three people in the audience rows are randomly selected by the contestant for assistance, and if they suggest the contestant the option that they think it is the correct answer. This lifeline can be used after answering the ₫2,000,000 questions (5th question) correctly. A total prize fund of ₫600,000 (3 gift baskets from the sponsor Pantene in the black graphic version) is splitted equally for each audience who suggests the correct answer. However, if none of the three audiences give the correct answer, the prize fund will not be splitted. This used to be one of the show's two lifelines that was removed temporarily due to coronavirus since May 2020, however, in June 2020 recording session, this lifeline was confirmed to be replaced permanently.
Special episodes and 10th Anniversary (2014)
The producers of the show usually celebrate holidays in Vietnam by producing special episodes with specific contestants that the producers will 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 all of their winnings or donate them to their favorite charity (depend on their choice). Many special episodes before 2014 has couples (or special people) playing in the Hot Seats for the Top Prize.
There are 5 Vietnamese Women's Day special episodes that have celebrities as the player are taped from 2005 - 2009. In 2011, the show invited only 10 stand-alone women playing for the Top Prize.
There are 3 Children's Day special episodes in 2009, 2010 and 2012 (there was no Children's Day special episode in 2011 due to the Hot Seat format). There are 5 couples consists of a kid and an adult (In 2009 was their grandparents, in 2010 was their uncle or aunt, in 2012 was their parents or grandparents).
There are also Vietnamese Teacher's Day special episodes which consists of students and teachers couples (sometimes couples were teachers only). Starting from 2011, the show only invited 10 stand-alone teachers playing for the Top Prize.
Celebrities, at least before December 30, 2014, appeared in the Hot Seat as a couple (although they did some episode with 10 stand-alone celebrities).
On December 30, 2014, the 10th Anniversary episode, celebrities Hoàng Bách, Minh Thư, and Tự Long appeared. The episode also mentioned some impressive contestants from 2005 to 2014, including Nguyễn Lê Anh, Nguyễn Thế Kiên, Trần Tiến Thực, Đặng Thiêm, and Trần Khanh.
There are also episodes where staffs from VTV3 (the channel which airs the show) appeared as a contestant. Only a few were known, they are Khắc Cường, Việt Khuê (both later left VTV3 to working in VTV Sports), Nguyễn Diệp Chi (now working as the director of the show itself, and also currently the host of Đường Lên Đỉnh Olympia (Vietnamese version of Digital LG Quiz)), Nguyên Khang, and Vũ Anh Tuấn (later left VTV3 to working in the Performance Department of Vietnam Television).
From May 5, 2020 to June 16, 2020, there were no audiences appear in the studio due to the Coronavirus outbreak. All of the contestants invited to the studio are mostly celebrities (such as singer, actor, TV host, comedian,...).
- Season 1 (37 episodes, January 4 - 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 (63 episodes, February 12, 2019 - April 28, 2020)
- Season 11 (? episodes, May 5, 2020 - now)
In Seasons 1-10, in 2005-2020, 692 episodes aired.
Unlike other WWTBAM versions, the money tree was shown with the point value instead of monetary value, with the currency of 1 point = ₫1,000.
04.01 - 11.10.2005
Correct Answer Value (Points)
|Correct Answer Value (Money)||Walk Away Value||Miss Answer Value||Amount Lost if Wrong Answer|
18.10.2005 - 27.02.2007
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|Correct Answer Value (Money)||Walk Away Value||Miss Answer Value||Amount Lost if Wrong Answer|
06.03.2007 - 31.08.2010, 05.07.2011 - 12.06.2012
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|Correct Answer Value (Money)||Walk Away Value||Miss Answer Value||Amount Lost if Wrong Answer|
19.06.2012 - present
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|Correct Answer Value (Money)||Walk Away Value||Miss Answer Value||Amount Lost if Wrong Answer|
Top Prize Winners
- On September 6, 2013, singer Phương Thanh participated in a simulated game (a skit of the 43th VTV's anniversary special 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".
- On December 6, 2014, Ms. Kim Lành won 4 prizes in a simulated game (A skit of Điều Ước Thứ 7 (Saturday Wishes)): A soccer ball with Lại Văn Sâm's signature, a Manchester United clothing set, a chance to force the host to do anything, and a ticket to the Malaysia vs. Vietnam friendly football match.
- On January 27, 2020, host Phan Đăng won the top prize of a Đông Hồ's painting called "Đám Cưới Chuột" (The Mouse's Wedding) in a simulated game (A skit of the "12 Con Giáp" (12 Zodiacs) - a VTV3's annual Lunar New Year special show), the picture was later given to host Lại Văn Sâm (former Ai Là Triệu Phú host) to show to Mr. Xuân Bắc and Mrs. Tự Long.
Penultimate Prize Winners
- Nguyễn Lê Anh - ₫80,000,000 (September 9, 2008)
- Bùi Thị Hà Thanh and Đào Hồng Vũ - ₫80,000,000 (November 18, 2008)
The biggest winners other than Top Prize Winners & Penultimate Prize Winners
- Nguyễn Văn Thắng - ₫14,000,000 (August 23, 2005)
- Vũ Hoàng Lưu - ₫25,000,000 (November 2005)
- Hồ Trường Sinh - ₫25,000,000 (November 2005)
- Phạm Văn Hoan - ₫40,000,000 (January or February 2006)
- Phùng Thanh Quang - ₫35,000,000 (February 5, 2008)
- Nguyễn Văn Yến - ₫50,000,000 (September 30, 2008)
- Unknown elderly contestant - ₫35,000,000 (September 2009)
- Nguyễn Đình Nhân - ₫35,000,000 (2009 or 2010)
- Lại Tuấn Dũng - ₫50,000,000 (October 11, 2011)
- Bùi Thị Dung - ₫35,000,000 (November 8, 2011)
- Phùng Minh Đức - ₫35,000,000 (November 15, 2011)
- Nguyễn Hữu Quyết - ₫40,000,000 (November 12, 2013)
- Nguyễn Thu Trang - ₫40,000,000 (April 29, 2014)
- Nguyễn Anh Linh - ₫40,000,000 (May 20, 2014)
- Nguyễn Chiến Trường - ₫40,000,000 (September 6, 2016)
- Châu Đăng Khoa - ₫40,000,000 (January 3, 2017)
- Saadi Salama - ₫40,000,000 (January 31, 2017)
- Hoàng Tiến Dũng - ₫40,000,000 (May 1, 2018)
- Nguyễn Thanh Hải - ₫40,000,000 (October 23, 2018)
- Phạm Hồng Dương - ₫40,000,000 (July 23, 2019)
- Nguyên Khang - ₫40,000,000 (September 17, 2019)
- Mã Thị Phương Thanh - ₫40,000,000 (February 25, 2020)
- Bùi Trọng Tùng - ₫40,000,000 (April 7, 2020)
- Xuân Nghị - ₫40,000,000 (June 30, 2020)
Top Prize Losers
All of the contestants who were able to see the Top Prize Question chose to walk away, so there're still no contestants in the show had answered the Top Prize Question wrong.
Penultimate Prize Losers
- One unknown contestant (Before Phùng Thanh Quang) - ₫15,000,000 (2007) (lost ₫35,000,000)
- Hồ Thị Thùy Như - ₫22,000,000 (January 7, 2020) (lost ₫38,000,000)
The biggest losers other than Penultimate Prize Losers
- Lê Minh Khánh - ₫15,000,000 (June 19, 2007) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫20,000,000)
- Lã Thành Công and Lê Thanh Hà - ₫15,000,000 (February 14, 2012) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫20,000,000)
- Lê Thị Thanh Huyền - ₫22,000,000 (January 2, 2018) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
- Cao Bá Cường - ₫22,000,000 (May 8, 2018) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
- Nguyễn Hữu Lợi - ₫22,000,000 (September 25, 2018) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
- Nguyễn Thị Thanh Tuyền - ₫22,000,000 (June 9, 2020) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
- Phạm Văn Ước - ₫22,000,000 (August 11, 2020) (13th question wrong) (lost ₫18,000,000)
Between 2012 - 2014, at least 2 contestants lost ₫8,000,000 (answer incorrectly 12th question). From 2005 - 2008, there were at least 10 contestants who lost on question 12 or 13, and one of them lost due to a bad question.
Contestants who missed their 10th question
- Mai Thị Thu Thủy - ₫1,000,000 (July 21, 2009)
- Hồ Thanh Bình and Bùi Thúy Hằng - ₫1,000,000 (October 20, 2009)
- Trần Đức Trọng and Vũ Trà My - ₫1,000,000 (February 16, 2010)
- Lê Ngọc Anh - ₫1,000,000 (July 20, 2010)
- Lã Huyền Trang - ₫1,000,000 (August 9, 2011)
- Bùi Thanh Hiền - ₫1,000,000 (August 16, 2011)
- Minh - ₫1,000,000 (December 6, 2011)
- Trần Quang Thái - ₫1,000,000 (April 3, 2012)
- Bùi Thanh Nam - ₫1,000,000 (June 5, 2012)
- Doãn Thế Hà - ₫2,000,000 (December 4, 2012)
- Trần Anh Dũng - ₫2,000,000 (March 26, 2013)
- Phan Quỳnh Anh - ₫2,000,000 (July 23, 2013)
- Nguyễn Thu Hà - ₫2,000,000 (October 1, 2013)
- Lê Văn Minh Triển - ₫2,000,000 (June 17, 2014)
- Trần Mạnh Cương - ₫2,000,000 (November 4, 2014)
- Đinh Hoàng Nam - ₫2,000,000 (March 24, 2015)
- Lê Minh Sơn - ₫2,000,000 (March 31, 2015)
- Nguyễn Văn Hiển - ₫2,000,000 (June 9, 2015)
- Trịnh Thị Hải Hà - ₫2,000,000 (January 12, 2016)
- Nguyễn Đình Quý - ₫2,000,000 (January 26, 2016)
- Sầm Đồng - ₫2,000,000 (February 16, 2016)
- Lại Mạnh Quân - ₫2,000,000 (April 12, 2016)
- Ngô Thị Bích Thuận - ₫2,000,000 (July 5, 2016)
- Phạm Hữu Trúc - ₫2,000,000 (September 13, 2016)
- Hoàng Lê Minh - ₫2,000,000 (November 14 - 21, 2017)
- Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Anh - ₫2,000,000 (March 6, 2018)
- Trần Văn Tuấn - ₫2,000,000 (March 13, 2018)
- Mai Huỳnh Ngọc Quyên - ₫2,000,000 (May 15, 2018)
- Nguyễn Tiến Tuấn - ₫2,000,000 (June 19, 2018)
- Đỗ Hồng Nhân - ₫2,000,000 (August 21, 2018)
- Phạm Văn Hùng - ₫2,000,000 (November 27, 2018)
- Nguyễn Thị Thu Hà - ₫2,000,000 (February 19, 2019)
- Nguyễn Diễm Hương - ₫2,000,000 (April 16, 2019)
- Phạm Quỳnh Như - ₫2,000,000 (May 7, 2019)
- Trương Như Hân - ₫2,000,000 (May 7, 2019)
- Phạm Phương Thảo - ₫2,000,000 (May 14, 2019)
- Vũ Quang Long - ₫2,000,000 (May 21, 2019)
- Lê Hải Nam - ₫2,000,000 (June 25, 2019)
- Phạm Ngọc Xuân Quỳnh - ₫2,000,000 (June 25, 2019)
- Ngô Thanh Tùng - ₫2,000,000 (August 13, 2019)
- Lê Quốc Bảo - ₫2,000,000 (August 13, 2019)
- Trang Anh Kiệt - ₫2,000,000 (September 3, 2019)
- Quách Minh Tuấn - ₫2,000,000 (October 8, 2019)
- Lê Nguyễn Hạ Quyên - ₫2,000,000 (March 3, 2020)
- Vũ Hoàng Tâm - ₫2,000,000 (April 21, 2020)
- Đinh Thị Khánh Dương - ₫2,000,000 (April 28, 2020)
One contestant before Mai Thị Thu Thủy also missed the 10th question, but was invited again due to the staff's error.
Contestants who walked away empty-handed
There have been at least 14 contestants in Vietnam who walked away with nothing:
- 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, as well as Trần Ngọc Tuấn. He lost on a question about Dragon Ball. 4 years later, during Nguyễn Phương Linh's run, the host mentioned him.
- One contestant in 2007 answered the first question wrong and won absolutely nothing.
- In 2009, a 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)|
- On November 1, 2011, contestant Phạm Việt Phương walked away with absolutely nothing, and his run was edited out on-air (purposely by the staff), but his FFF introduction was still on air for unknown reasons. Almost 4 years later he returned and won ₫10,000,000, and his first run was not mentioned at all in his second run.
- On May 8, 2012, contestant Bùi Thị Liên walked away with absolutely nothing, and her run was edited out on-air, but her FFF introduction was still on air for unknown reasons.
- On May 6, 2014, two contestants Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm and Vũ Hải Hà walked away with absolutely nothing, and their runs were all edited out on-air. This is the only known episode in the show's history where two contestants who made it to the Hot Seat left empty-handed in a same episode. Vũ Hải Hà appeared in the FFF in November 18, 2012 but he didn't make it to the Hot Seat.
- On August 13, 2019, contestant Lê Minh Hương left empty-handed after answering the 4th question wrong, but the host gave the contestant ₫200,000 as a consolation prize. Her run was never aired on TV.
Further information: Unlike most of the international versions, the run of contestants who flunk out on one of the first 5 questions in Vietnam will be edited out on-air and not be shown on TV at all. This is to prevent at-home viewing public from harassing them with nasty comments online (this became common starting from 2011, but it's unknown if they did that from the beginning). However, some runs of the contestants who do poorly than average such as using lifelines on the 1st question, or not knowing an answer to a ridiculously easy question [In Vietnam, the first 5 questions are super easy (usually came with gag answers), as all the contestants who get to the Hot Seat (with some exception) are all guaranteed to win at least ₫2,000,000 (₫1,000,000 before 2012)], will be guaranteed to be uploaded to YouTube (earlier Facebook), where they will be harassed and cyberbullied mercilessly and endlessly by online users who will post nasty comments to their videos (and to their Facebook if they have), as well as being mocked by some newspapers, similar to the U.S. version, but much worse.
- Unlike some WWTBAM versions (the host said the catchphrase "Final Answer?" before the contestant locked in the answer), the host (Lại Văn Sâm and Phan Đăng) said an another catchphrase before the contestant locked in their answer. It was "Câu trả lời cuối cùng của bạn là?" (English: Your Final Answer Is?/What's your Final Answer?)
- Instead of the famous catchphrase "Let's play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" after the contestant said they knew the game rules, the famous catchphrase in Vietnam was "Chúng ta bắt đầu đi tìm Ai Là Triệu Phú!" (English: Let's start finding out to see Who is the Millionaire!) and it was said by Lại Văn Sâm. Host Phan Đăng slightly changed the catchphrase to "Chúng ta bắt đầu đi tìm Triệu Phú!" (English: Let's find the Millionaire!). Also, after contestant said that they were ready to continue playing in the episode when the klaxon sound made this run was temporarily over in the previous episode, host Lại Văn Sâm said "Chúng ta tiếp tục đi tìm Ai Là Triệu Phú!" (English: Let's continue finding out to see Who is the Millionaire!). Host Phan Đăng slightly changed the catchphrase to "Chúng ta tiếp tục đi tìm Triệu Phú!" (English: Let's continue finding the Millionaire!)
Parodies and Appearances
For the parodies and appearances, see also: Parodies and Appearances (Ai Là Triệu Phú/WWTBAM Vietnam)
- January 4, 2005 - May 12, 2009: P&G [Rejoice (2005 - 2006), Tide (2005, 2008), Pantene (2006 - 2008), Olay (2007), Downy (2007 - 2009)]
- July 5, 2011 - February 19, 2013 and June 4, 2013 - June 10, 2014: BIDV (The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam)
- May 19, 2009 - August 31, 2010, February 26 - May 28, 2013 and June 17, 2014 - present: No sponsors
- Ai Là Triệu Phú is the first WWTBAM version premiered in 2005, after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Nigeria) became the final WWTBAM version premiered in 2004.
- In the first episode of Ai Là Triệu Phú, Trần Hoài Linh, a college teacher of Bach Khoa University (Hanoi) from Bình Định appeared and won at least ₫800,000. Another known contestant, Cao Thị Vi Ba, also appeared, but it's unknown if she made it to the Hot Seat or not.
- In 2005, there's a special thing in the show: After answering every question from the second milestone [6,800,000₫ (10,000,000₫ starting from October 2005)] correctly and host Lại Văn Sâm wrote a cheque with that question's value, players were asked if they wanted to walked away or continued to play - which means players were able to walk away instantly and take the cheque right away, but they wouldn't able to see the next question. But even after choosing to continue and seeing the next question, they were still able to walk away before they locked in a option, similar to Iranian version. This was forfeited starting from Season 2 (2006).
- On April 26, 2016, Trần Văn Tiền used the Ask the Audience lifeline on question 1 and 100% of the audience voted for one answer. In fact, many contestants (at least since 2015) have used lifelines on the first question. One of the most notable cases was Phạm Thị Quyên.
- On May 6, 2014, Phạm Thị Thu used the Ask the Audience lifeline on her 8th question and 100% of the audience voted for one answer too, but that option turned out to be incorrect. There were at least 3 cases in the show where 100% of the audiences were wrong.
- From 2003 to 2007, HTV7 aired an unlicensed version 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 Three of the Audiences 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 was introduced in 2008. This is a famous case in the show as all 3 audiences who helped her on the question, at that time, were still learning in university.
- There are also cases that all three people give 3 different options, but there are few ones (for example, Nguyễn Thùy Trang's 9th question) where all 3 different options were wrong. At least two contestants are known to rejected all 3 different answers, and they were right.
- There have been at least two contestants who incorrectly answered the Penultimate Question. The first one came from 2007, and the second one was Hồ Thị Thụy Như in January 7, 2020. She held the record of the biggest losers in the history of the show, losing ₫38,000,000.
- Lê Thị Hồng was a contestant who appeared on the show on July 31, 2007, who won ₫1,000,000. However, after her appearance on the show, she was discovered to be a criminal, and was wanted by the police. She took part in the show under a different name of Lê Thị Cơ. Like Neil Muir, Andrew Lavelle and Sheridan Booth (whose winnings were stripped for having criminal records), her winnings were stripped, but unlike Neil Muir, Andrew Lavelle and Sheridan Booth, she got arrested after 11 years of hiding in Đồng Nai, Vietnam.
- There were at least 15 cases where the contestants was given a bad question:
- One of the first cases came from earlier episode. One contestant walked home empty-handed due to a bad question about which country invented the Arabic numerals. It turned out that his answer was correct, so he was invited back to the show. In the second time, he took the money on a question before the second safety heaven. During the 2005 - 2008 era, many bad questions are known to be existed in Vietnam, one even lost ₫20,000,000 due to the staff's mistake.
- Minh Tuấn, who appeared on December 16, 2008, was the only contestant in the history to received two bad questions.
- Hoàng Thị Hòa, a former veteran who appeared on July 14, 2009, won only ₫1,000,000 due to a bad 7th question about Nông Văn Dền's ethnic group. However, she wasn't invited back because the staff still claimed that their answer was correct and called this question is a good one.
- A major bad question case happened when a contestant was asked "How many times did the Lyon football team won the Ligue 1 championship?". Contestant answered the "7" option, but the staff said the "9" option was correct. However, his original answer was right. Viewers at home found out the error and the contestant was finally given a second chance. However it's unknown if the contestant returned or not.
- One case in 2014, contestant Trần Trúc Anh was asked a question which had 3 correct answers. She then used the "Three of the Audiences" lifeline and all 3 people gave her the wrong answer.
- Phạm Thị Quyên from Hanoi, was not only known for using 2 out of 3 lifelines in the first two questions, but for a bad fill in the blank question that lacked a clause, not a word, as stated by some professors and literature researchers.
- There were also cases where Dương Lê Duy and Nguyễn Hữu Huy's wrong answers were accepted as correct.
- On 2017, contestants who had chosen to use their "Phone-a-Friend" would use video calls instead of phone calls.
- However, video calls were rarely used and it was only frequently used in some of the first episodes aired in 2018, before it was completely removed.
- 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 13th anniversary special on March 31, 2009, the three pairs of contestants appeared in the show, for the first time, were ready to leave the Hot Seat before the host reveals their answer was incorrect, thanks to their knowledge of the studio lights, as they have worked for VTV.
- On the episode broadcast on September 25, 2018, the intro used during the period from 2008 to 2012 and the "classic" cues was incidentally reused.
- On the episode broadcast on February 11, 2020, during Phạm Ngọc Hải's 11th question, the music of the 10th question was accidentally played. The right music can also be heard at the same time, through much quieter.
- In Hồ Thị Thụy Như's run, probably because "being too excited to have such a brilliant player", the producer had used the question 10 and question 15's "Final answer" cue for all questions after the second milestone instead of normal "Final answer" cue.
- Some of the show's staffs were other gameshow hosts. Former person who is in charge of the studio and the contestants, such as Lưu Minh Vũ, the host of Hãy Chọn Giá Đúng (Vietnamese version of The Price Is Right); 7 Sắc Cầu Vồng (a local gameshow), Đường Lên Đỉnh Olympia (the original and Vietnamese version of Digital LG Quiz) and Chiếc Nón Kỳ Diệu (Vietnamese version of Wheel of Fortune).
- Several contestants later worked in the show's staffs, including Nguyễn Diệp Chi (who appeared as a celebrity contestant on January 1, 2008, 12 years later she became the director of the show itself), and Trương Anh Ngọc (who appeared as a celebrity contestant on February 14, 2017, 2 years later he become the adviser of the show ifself).
- Nguyễn Thị Thanh Vân, a female contestant who appeared on September 1, 2015, became the fastest FFF winner in Vietnam, when she got the correct order in 1.91 seconds.
- In the episode aired on March 26, 2019, an error in the studio (technical difficulties) occured when Phương Oanh used the "Ask the Audience" lifeline. The ATA results were displayed as 0% in all 4 options. However, this error was still shown on TV, and the host's monitor showed the correct audience's result. According to host Phan Đăng, 85% of the audiences chose C, 10% of the audiences chose D, 5% of the audiences chose A, and none of the audiences chose B.
- In the episode aired on May 19, 2020, a technical error caused the question graphics to disappear. A red error screen in the shape of the question graphics was shown with Russian texts and English texts. This error only lasted for a couple of seconds.
- About premiere
- About change of the host
- About the show in Vietnam
- About the show
- About return the show
- About the new change of money tree, rule and graphics in 2020
- About the possible introduction of Ask two Experts lifeline
- About the possible introduction of Switch the Question and other lifelines
- About Hà Việt Hoàng appeared on Ai là Triệu Phú