Can the cast of ‘A Million Dollar Dream’ answer these million-dollar questions?

QUIZ TIME: We make the stars play an over-simplified version of classic game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

The cast of 'A Million Dollar Dream'
The cast of 'A Million Dollar Dream'
27 Mar 2018

The cast of 'A Million Dollar Dream'

Photos: Tammi Tan
Video: Charlene Chong

Before we get to the stars of A Million Dollar Dream, let’s see if you have what it takes to correctly answer these two actual million dollar questions from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire:

In the children’s book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from? (India, Peru, Canada or Iceland?)

Which insect shorted out an early supercomputer and inspired the term “computer bug”? (Moth, Cockroach, Fly or Japanese beetle?)

We presented these questions – which were once the only things standing between two participants on the American version of the classic game show and a seven-figure monetary reward – to Zoe Tay, Chen Han Wei, Zhu Hou Ren, He Ying Ying, Edwin Goh and Joel Choo at last week’s press conference to test the strength of their trivia knowledge.

Oh, and if your final answers were “Peru” and “moth”, congratulations, you just won a million kudos from us (sorry, no budget to give out actual cash).

Read on to see how the artistes fared!

Zoe Tay & Chen Han Wei
Zoe Tay & Chen Han Wei
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Zoe Tay & Chen Han Wei

In the children’s book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?
Zoe:
Aiyah, I need to think about this, the movie was just on TV the other day! [Contemplates] Iceland.
Han Wei: My answer is Peru. [We tell him he is correct.] Okay, I’ve gotten one correct so far. What’s next?

Which insect shorted out an early supercomputer and inspired the term “computer bug”?
Zoe:
My answer is Japanese beetle.
Han Wei: My answer is the same.
[We tell them the correct answer: Moth.]
Zoe: That was going to be my second guess.
Han Wei: Well, you still lost anyway.

If you could use the Phone-a-Friend lifeline on the show to ask for help, who would you call and why?
Zoe:
I would call Rebecca Leow, a scriptwriter I know. She’s very well-rounded when it comes to general knowledge, facts and languages, so you can ask her anything.
Han Wei: I would call this friend of mine who is really like my “dictionary”. He’s almost always able to help me solve my problems.

(Continued on next slide)

Zoe Tay & Chen Han Wei
Zoe Tay & Chen Han Wei
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Zoe Tay & Chen Han Wei

If you were to take part in a show like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, how far do you think you could go?
Zoe:
I probably wouldn’t make it past the second round.
Han Wei: I don’t think I would go very far either, but it also depends on your luck, whether they ask you questions that you happen to know the answers to, or if you’re just really good at guessing.

Out of all your showbiz friends, who do you think would do the best on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Han Wei:
Huang Shinan would be one of them. He seems to know everything!
Zoe: Shinan, Tay Ping Hui or Joanne Peh.

In A Million Dollar Dream, Ying Ying’s character gets disfigured. If you had to choose between getting disfigured and being given a million dollars, or being a million dollars in debt, which would you pick and why?
Han Wei:
It depends on how bad the disfigurement is? If it’s not too severe, I don’t mind taking the million dollars, but if my entire face is gone, then that won’t do.
Zoe: Debt is a very frightening and heavy burden, while disfigurement is just superficial.
Han Wei: At least we can take the money and go for plastic surgery. Let’s not be silly and just take the money.
Zoe: Okay, we’ll take the one million.

(Continued on next slide)

Edwin Goh & He Ying Ying
Edwin Goh & He Ying Ying
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Edwin Goh & He Ying Ying

In the children’s book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?
Edwin:
Canada.
Ying Ying: I pick Iceland.
[We tell them the correct answer: Peru.]
Edwin: Are there even bears there? [Ed’s note: Um, bears don’t talk or wear ponchos in real life either.]
Ying Ying: I wanted to say London at first, but that wasn’t one of the options. (laughs)

Which insect shorted out an early supercomputer and inspired the term “computer bug”?
Edwin:
He Ying Ying. Just kidding – it was a cockroach.
Ying Ying: I think it might be a moth. [We tell her she is correct.] Yay!

If you could use the Phone-a-Friend lifeline on the show to ask for help, who would you call and why?
Edwin:
Ying Ying, because she knew the answer to the “computer bug” question.
Ying Ying: I would call my good friend named Google. (laughs) [Edwin rolls his eyes] On a serious note, I would probably call my younger brother. He’s usually very familiar with these little trivia bites.

(Continued on next slide)

Edwin Goh & He Ying Ying
Edwin Goh & He Ying Ying
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Edwin Goh & He Ying Ying

If you were to take part in a show like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, how far do you think you could go?
Ying Ying:
Edwin would be out at the very first question.
Edwin: Fine, fine.
Ying Ying: I think I would do better than him – I would be out after the second question.
Edwin: I believe I would be able to last through a few commercial breaks, which would be about 10 questions?

Out of all your showbiz friends, who do you think would do the best on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Ying Ying:
Bryan Wong is actually really good at trivia. I got to work with him on another drama, and during our break times, he would share all kinds of facts across various topics, such as global warming. Chen Han Wei isn’t bad either.
Edwin: I’m not sure. I’ve never tested anyone before!

In A Million Dollar Dream, Ying Ying’s character gets disfigured. If you had to choose between getting disfigured and being given a million dollars, or being a million dollars in debt, which would you pick and why?
Edwin:
I’d choose the former. I could use the million dollars to go for plastic surgery.
Ying Ying: Well, plastic surgery isn’t always successful. I’d rather be in debt because I think it would break my parents’ hearts to see me disfigured, and seeing them sad isn’t worth any amount of money.

(Continued on next slide)

Zhu Hou Ren & Joel Choo
Zhu Hou Ren & Joel Choo
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Zhu Hou Ren & Joel Choo

In the children’s book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?
Hou Ren:
You go ahead with your answer. I know where he’s from.
Joel: I say Canada.
Hou Ren: Then I also believe it’s somewhere around there.
[We tell them the correct answer: Peru.]
Hou Ren: You see, I already knew it was the wrong answer, but I didn’t want my son to lose face, so I was willing to lose together with him. [Ed’s note: That’s sweet, but yeah right!]

Which insect shorted out an early supercomputer and inspired the term “computer bug”?
Hou Ren:
This time I’m sure I’m right. It was a moth.
Joel: I also think it was a moth.
[We tell them they are correct.]
Hou Ren: What did I tell you? It’s a shame I’ve never actually taken part in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

If you could use the Phone-a-Friend lifeline on the show to ask for help, who would you call and why?
Hou Ren:
I definitely wouldn’t call Joel.
Joel: I would call my dad.
Hou Ren: I don’t think I’d need to call anybody, because there’s a high chance I would know the answer.

(Continued on next slide)

Zhu Hou Ren & Joel Choo
Zhu Hou Ren & Joel Choo
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Zhu Hou Ren & Joel Choo

If you were to take part in a show like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, how far do you think you could go?
Hou Ren:
I believe I would be able to take home the $1 million prize, but I’d be worried about getting robbed! (laughs)
Joel: I think I should be able to last three rounds, especially with the lifelines to save me.

Out of all your showbiz friends, who do you think would do the best on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Hou Ren:
Is this even a question? Of course it is me!
[We ask Joel if he agrees with his father. He visibly hesitates to respond.]
Hou Ren: Who, who, who, who? Who is better than your father? You can think about it all you want, but in the end it will be me.
[Joel is still deep in thought.]
Hou Ren: He is thinking of me. I’m not lying to you.

In A Million Dollar Dream, Ying Ying’s character gets disfigured. If you had to choose between getting disfigured and being given a million dollars, or being a million dollars in debt, which would you pick and why?
Hou Ren:
Of course I don’t want to be disfigured. Being a million dollars in debt is a small matter compared to that, because at least I can slowly save up.
Joel: But if you had a million dollars, at least you could go for plastic surgery.
Hou Ren: What’s the use of gaining a million dollars, then splurging it all on surgery?
Joel: I don’t think plastic surgery would cost you a million dollars…
Hou Ren: It might if you want it to look as natural as possible.

The cast of 'A Million Dollar Dream'
The cast of 'A Million Dollar Dream'
27 Mar 2018

The cast of 'A Million Dollar Dream'

A Million Dollar Dream debuts on April 9, 9pm on Channel 8.

WATCH: We play ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ with the cast of ‘A Million Dollar Dream’

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