Who hasn’t daydreamed about how far they would go on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, silently weighing up a mate as a potential ‘phone-a-friend’ during pub quizzes?
Even though Chris Tarrant last declared ‘but we don’t want to give you that!’ back in 2014, we all still feel there’s a Judith Keppel inside of us; ready to win top prize with our impressive Eleanor of Aquitaine knowledge.
Now, the iconic show has been revived, with new host Jeremy Clarkson relishing giving his contestants a bit of a roasting.
I can only imagine how he would have reacted to one particular contestant from the Australian version of Millionaire…
Now, we are all of us guilty of having the occasional mind blip. Cereal in the fridge. Calling your date by your pet’s name. But usually such face-palm moments don’t happen when there are huge amounts of money at stake.
Sympathise then with Whitney Beseler from Ballarat, Victoria who fell at the very first hurdle. And a baby Shetland Pony could have made this leap…
Everything slipped away rapidly when host Eddie McGuire asked the Contiki tour manager her very first question for $100 (£81.75):
Which of these is not a piece of jewellery commonly worn to symbolise a relationship between two people?
Whitney had to choose between engagement ring, anniversary ring, wedding ring and Burger ring. And with all the confidence in the world she beamed:
Oh Im going to go with B on that one Eddie, anniversary ring. Although Burger ring is an interesting one.
You can watching the thunderous brain fart let rip for yourself below:
Fair play to Eddie, he gave oblivious Whitney another crack at it; cautiously pushing her to ‘have another look’ before repeating the question.
Still resolute in her baffling choice, Whitney ignored the gentle hint; cheerfully confirming her decision.
Nobody but Whitney was shocked when the real answer turned out to be Burger ring, which is a popular brand of Australian crisps. Oh crumbs.
As the audience guffawed at her gaff, the penny finally dropped and a mortified Whitney told Eddie:
Oh Burger ring. Oh my God. Oh my God Eddie that’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me.
Can we cut and start again please?
The only thing you got right was that bit when you said it’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in your life.
Whitney tried to explain how her mistake was down to nerves, but Eddie stood firm. Sadly, rules are rules and she was removed from the hot seat like a burger from a grill.
However, she didn’t go home quite empty handed. Eddie gave her very own packet of Burger rings to munch on as a consolation prize. However, something tells me she had probably lost the taste for that particular snack…
The UK reboot of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is being broadcast nightly on ITV at 9pm for another five episodes. Still time for plenty of blunders…
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.