'Who Wants to Be Millionaire' tryouts Monday in Des Plaines

2012-07-07T21:15:00Z 2012-07-07T22:11:43Z 'Who Wants to Be Millionaire' tryouts Monday in Des PlainesBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
July 07, 2012 9:15 pm  • 

Syndicated game show "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" is on the road this summer to hold contestant auditions for its upcoming 11th season.

Hosted by Emmy Award winner Meredith Vieira, the new season premieres Sept. 3 and airs locally at 4 p.m. on WGN- TV (Channel 9).

"Millionaire" producers will be at Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road in Des Plaines, Ill., Monday scouting for potential contestants.

Auditions consist of a timed multiple choice test, and for those who pass, an interview with one of the show's producers.  There are two audition sessions, 9:30 a.m., with tests then given through 2 p.m. and a second session at 5 and continuing through 7 p.m. There is also one other session at 7 testing contestants exclusively for "Movie Week," the specialty series featuring film buffs answering movie-themed trivia.

Producers also will audition college students throughout the day to be considered for "College Week."

All auditioners are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to the rules of Rivers Casino Des Plaines, auditioners must be 21 or older to enter. In addition to the age requirement, participants must be a U.S. resident and pass all other eligibility rules, which are found on "Millionaire’s" website at millionairetv.com. Auditioners must bring photo identification with them as proof of age and residency.

The show offers contestants the chance to win $1 million by correctly answering 14 general knowledge trivia questions. Vieira has hosted the daytime version of “Millionaire” since the show debuted in 2002 following the prime time version hosted by Regis Philbin.

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