I was on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – there's a reason the studio audience are so useless when it comes to helping

A CONTESTANT on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has revealed the reason why the audience always appear to get the answers wrong.

The live studio audience often plays a key role in the game thanks to the 'Ask the Audience' lifeline available to hopeful quizzers.

However, one former contestant has revealed all as to why the audience can be so "useless" at helping out.

In a Reddit thread spilling behind-the-scenes secrets from TV shows, the user suggested they often got answers wrong "on purpose".

The American contestant explained that the tactical choices would mean different contestants would get a chance on the show.

"I was on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and it's all scripted," they wrote. "The filming took half a day for 30 minutes of film.


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"When you win the intro round, you are taken out to get your make up on, and then they instruct you how to act when you celebrate.

"There's a reason the audience is so completely useless (and why you see so many press wrong on obvious answers).

"Twenty to thirty per cent of the audience is friends and family to the other 7 contestants who are waiting for their turn. 

"We spent two days in the studio, and if the initial contestant loses, the others get their chance. If one contestant goes far and takes a lot of time, no one else gets a chance."

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The former contestant shockingly concluded: "The audience tells the person the wrong answer on purpose."

It comes after an X Factor auditionee has claimed to know the reason why the "worst singers" make it through to the show.

The unnamed auditionee, who posted to the forum site under the name 'EpicHamster', revealed not all is as it seems.

Not only did they suggest singers are hand-picked by "off-camera judges", but that bad singers are made to feel "better" than they are.

"I auditioned for the X Factor," the user wrote. "You don't go to the celebrity judges first, you go in front of 'off camera' judges.

"So every horrible singer you see has already been told they are better than the many talented ones not deemed 'TV worthy'."

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A second person chimed in underneath added: "You have to send the audition tapes first, and they may ask for another tape.

"Then you see the off-camera judges, and then you may be filmed in front of the actual judges."

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