Caesar Rodney High School graduate Andrew Moore and his family will watch his appearance on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” this Wednesday evening.
Andrew Moore, of Camden, is scheduled to appear on Wednesday's edition of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on ABC.
Moore, 19, is a sophomore studying biology at Delaware Technical Community College and a 2011 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School.
Moore was selected by show producers to participate in "Double Your Money Week" from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, Disney-ABC officials said. In short, contestants could win as much as $50,000 by answering just one question in the first round during "Double Your Money" episodes.
Moore completed the online audition form for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" back in May and producers of the show asked him to come to ABC Studios in New York the first Monday in July, he said. There, he joined a pool of 100 applicants who took a multiple-choice test.
"Millionaire" staffers interviewed 20 from that audition group. Then, Moore said he was one of five or so contestants granted a second interview taped by one of the show's executive producers.
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"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", hosted by the Emmy Award-winning Meredith Vieira, can be seen locally in the Delmarva area on WMDT (ABC, channel 47) weekdays 7:30 p.m. or in the Philadelphia area on WPVI (6ABC), weekdays at 12:30 p.m.
Moore was told he would receive a postcard informing him whether he was selected or not in two to three weeks.
"I assumed that I hadn't been selected after two to three weeks," Moore said. "In the fourth week of September, on Monday morning, I had just taken a step out of class when I got a call from a number with a Manhattan area code. I had been selected from the contestant pool."
"Millionaire" producers asked him to come down on the following Wednesday or Thursday, if needed, to tape. With the support of his parents, Patrick and Nathalie Moore, Moore went to Manhattan on both days, finally taping that Thursday.
Moore was nervous before he went on stage. But, once he met show hostess Meredith Vieira the nerves subsided, he said.
"She was a really warm person," Moore said. "I was still nervous when I played the game but it wasn't as prevalent before I went out there."
Moore said he always watched trivia shows while growing up, particularly "Jeopardy!"
As for Wednesday night, he plans on watching "Millionaire" privately with family and friends, with no fanfare.
"I'm not used to this kind of exposure. I'm just a normal, college kid. It's definitely a new experience. It's not unwelcome. But I don't see how the Hollywood types do it."