Thursday 19 July 2018

Doctor talks about being smart and spending Who Wants to Be a Millionaire winnings before failing on first question

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Pride came before a fall for a medical school graduate who got the very first question wrong on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Brenton was a contestant on the US version of the show and he seemed pretty sure he was going to sail through the quiz and maybe even pay off some of those medical school bills.

He talked about watching the show as a little kid, and said, "Ten million people watching a show about smart people every night, celebrating being smart, and I thought you know what maybe it's not so bad being smart.  Maybe it's not bad being a nerd.  Maybe it's cool to be smart and I followed that all the way and I just graduated from medical school."

Before the first question he declared, "I'm always ready."

However, when the first question arrived, he wasn't quite as ready as he had expected.

"Snapping selfies in kitchens you can't afford and taking a 'meatball break' are two things BuzzFeed says every twentysomething does on their first trip... where?" asked the big blue screen.

The possible answers were Paris, London, Rome or Ikea and a correct answer would earn him $500 and the chance to continue.  A wrong answer would send him home.

Brenton wasn't sure about his choice.  He thought it might be Ikea because he knew they serve meatballs in Ikea. 

"I don't think that's the right answer though," he said confidently.  "It sounds like it's got to be Rome to me.  In fact if I won a million dollars I would love to take a trip to Italy.  I'm going to say Rome.  Final answer."

Host Chris Harrison promptly informed him that the answer was Ikea.

"Brenton it was Ikea!" he said.  "It was Ikea.  Oh no.  Oh no man.  I'm sorry."

Brenton held his head in his hands but gamely offered Chris a handshake as they cut to the break. 

The episode aired in 2015 but the video is doing the rounds again. It seems Brenton will never live this down.

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