I should hang my head in shame.
I went on Millionaire Hot Seat as a contestant and I, embarrassingly, got wrong a question I should have known.
I auditioned for the show for a laugh and was phoned up a few weeks later to film the show in May. My episode aired on July 24.
I never expected to win any money but looking back, if I hasn’t got the damn question wrong, in the words of Marlon Brando “I coulda been a contender!”.
Here’s me hamming it up for the introduction.
It was going pretty well. I got through some fairly easy questions and made a few quippy references and had a joke with host Eddie McGuire.
Then, I got the question… I knew I would falter on a sports question and this one, in particular, was pretty bad for a Melbourne journalist to get wrong. It was on the great racehorse Black Caviar.
Q: What kind I’d horse is champion sprinter Black Caviar?
I chose “gelding” because I literally have no idea about horses and zero interest.
The answer was, of course, “mare”.
Here’s my moment of “DOH!”.
Even Eddie said, “you’re a journalist and you don’t know what horse Black Caviar is?”.
“I’m not a sports journalist!,” I sadly replied.
It was a fun day regardless of walking away with nada cashola.
I met some really interesting and lovely people, saw how the show is filmed and met Eddie McGuire, who is so freakishly professional.
These toilet signs gave me a chuckle when I was visiting the Big Rocking Horse in the Adelaide Hills in July.
Seems I can’t escape the question I bombed out on.