FLUSHING, NY, May 15, 2009--Joey Gutmann, 20, a senior at Queens College, will be a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21. Hosted by Meredith Vieira,Millionaire can be seen locally in the New York City area on WABC-TV Channel 7 (ABC network) weekdays at 12:30pm.
Joey, who lives in Manhattan and is the son of Avram and Shuli Gutmann, is majoring in Political Science. His mom came to the Millionaire set with him and sat in the studio audience as his on-air companion for the show.
Every morning during his commute to Queens College, Joey would study for the Millionairehot seat with massive trivia books and almanacs, which “definitely caused people to stare.” He said that if he won big on the show, he would attend law school and donate some of the money to his synagogue.
Joey is known among his friends and family for "his smile and his sneakers." His dad calls them this "Bozo the clown shoes," but Joey won't part with them. He refers to them as his "trademark" and even wore them for this hot seat appearance!
New for this season, the “Ask the Expert” lifeline enables contestants to connect with a pre-determined “expert” via a live face-to-face Skype video call on any question past the $1,000 level. Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’sMad Money with Jim Cramer, will sit in as expert for shows airing Monday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 20. Former Millionairecontestant Ogi Ogas, who won $500,000, will serve as expert for shows airing Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22.
Photo of Joey, taken during the taping of Millionaire, courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.