Who Wants to be a Millionaire crowns teenager tonight as youngest player of all time

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Who wants to be a millionaire makes history tonight as the youngest player is crowned and takes home life-changing money.The ITV show, which airs at 9 p.m., begins its brand new series with host Jeremy Clarkson and sees its first jackpot winner since Charles Ingram won and lost his prize in 2001 in the cheating scandal.

Ben Jones, 19, is the show’s youngest star, and the Bridgend teenager was mercilessly teased by Jeremy for his youth.

Jeremy joked that Ben’s voice was dropping during filming, and alluded to his balls falling out as he pressured between questions.



Ben is the youngest player to appear on the show

But Ben asked host Jeremy for help, as did the all-new Ask The Host lifeline available to applicants.

But Jeremy had no idea what Ben was asking his aide on an alcohol-related issue – and Jeremy had no idea what a mimosa was.

Fortunately, Ben used his Phone a Friend lifeline and called his buddy David who was able to save him and give him the correct answer.



Jeremy has been invited to speak for Ask The Host

But Jeremy came in handy on a river-related issue, as he admitted to being a “river well”.

This all-new series has several changes as the show adapts to new social distancing guidelines due to the pandemic.

There is no longer a live studio audience, so the Ask The Audience lifeline is gone, and contestants can instead use Phone a Friend Twice.



Jeremy celebrated with Ben but they can’t hug or shake hands

They can also use Ask host and the 50:50 option which removes two of the four possible response options.

Competitors waiting in the Fastest Finger First hot seats for their chance to compete are separated by glass screens.

And likely Jeremy will no longer be able to pass the check to Ben as he walks through the game in the iconic close-up where the player and the host both hold either side of the check.



The show has implemented new social distancing guidelines




Jeremy teased, “I’m absolutely delighted and delighted that we’ve found someone who seems to know just about everything.

“I can’t wait for viewers to see it and I want to see it again.

“I was just in awe of this contestant and I think he’s probably the best the show has ever had in its 22 year history.

“It was a joy to sit down and watch it unfold. ”

* Who Wants To Be A Millionaire begins Monday, September 7 at 9 p.m. on ITV.

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