Tim Janus (born Dec. 31, 1976) is a competitive eater from New York City known in the competitive eating community as "Eater X." He is a member of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), and is one of the most colorful IFOCE characters, both literally and figuratively. He always performs in contests wearing a painted mask and once stated "I'd eat anything. One of my goals is to eat everything in the world. I'd eat a roll of pennies. I hope we make contact with beings from other planets. I'd eat alien."[1]

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Appearance

Tim appeared on the U.S. syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2009, winning $100,000 before choosing to walk away, although he had surmised the correct answer to the $250,000 question. Millionaire at the time had an event called the Million Dollar Tournament of Ten where the ten highest earning contestants from the season's first 45 shows will return for a chance to answer a million dollar question, and Janus qualified as the fifth seed for the Million Dollar Prize. He returned on November 16 to answer his Million Dollar Question.

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 3 minutes, 16 seconds
Who once wrote, "'Bartlett's Familiar Quotations' is an admirable work," a quotation now listed in "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations"?
• A: Truman Capote • B: John Lennon
• C: Winston Churchill • D: Mark Twain
As the game progressed, he first said that he knew the answer to the question, but it was later known that he was toying with Meredith, as a response to her "tricking" contestants in the Hot Seat. He had an inkling towards Winston Churchill (which was the correct answer) but decided to walk away because he wasn't even sure and because of the money at risk. The correct answer was C: Winston Churchill.


  1. 5 Quick Questions With... Eater X

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Million Dollar Tournament of Ten contestants
10. Alex Ortiz
9. Tony Westmoreland
8. Sam Murray
7. Robin Schwartz
6. Ralph Cambeis
5. Tim Janus
4. Matt Schultz
3. Jeff Birt
2. Keilani Goggins
1. Jehan Shamsid-Deen