Who's Still Standing?

Who's Still Standing? Information

Who's Still Standing? was the American adaptation of the Israeli game show Lauf al Hamiliyon, (), which offers contestants the opportunity to win up to US$1 million while competing in head-to-head trivia battles. Ben Bailey, host of the game show Cash Cab, hosted the show which originally ran on NBC from December 19, 2011 to January 30, 2012.

On May 13, 2012, it was announced that the show will not be renewed for a second season due to high production costs, despite having acceptable ratings.


One player (the "Hero") attempts to defeat 10 competitors ("Strangers") in a series of trivia showdowns to win $1 million. The Hero stands at center stage, with the 10 Strangers standing around the perimeter and facing in toward the Hero. Each participant stands on a trapdoor. The Hero challenges each Stranger, one by one, in an order selected by the Hero, in a head-to-head trivia battle. The host asks alternating questions, starting with the Stranger, with a series of partially filled-in blanks showing the words in the correct answer. The participant has 20 seconds to give the correct answer, starting from the moment the question appears. The answer must be given as spelled out in the puzzle (although slight variations in pronunciations are allowed). Multiple guesses are allowed, as long as the correct answer is given before time runs out (even if it is given unintentionally while thinking out loud).

The Hero is given two passes (in some episodes, three passes are given) at the start of the game. Passing a question forces the Stranger to answer it, with a fresh 20-second countdown. Strangers may not pass; they must answer every question put to them.

The challenge ends when a contestant misses a question: the trapdoor under that person's feet opens, dropping the participant through the stage and eliminating him or her from the game with no winnings. If the Hero drops, the victorious Stranger wins $10,000 ($25,000 in the eighth or ninth challenge, $50,000 in the tenth challenge). If the Stranger drops, the Hero wins an amount of money between $1,000 and $20,000, revealed on a screen at the Stranger's position once the challenge is over. The value of each Stranger is based on the difficulty that the Hero is expected to face in defeating him or her.

Occasionally, a head-to-head round is introduced as a "Specialty Round," in which all the questions and answers share a common theme or word.

After five Strangers have dropped, the Hero is offered a chance to leave the game with all money won to that point, or stay in and try to win more. If the Hero decides to stay in, he or she receives one more pass and will have another chance to leave after each subsequent Stranger is dropped. Dropping eight, nine, or all 10 Strangers increases the Hero's winnings to $250,000, $500,000, or $1 million, respectively. Any Hero who chooses to end the game and keep their winnings has the option of leaving by walking out of the studio or dropping through the floor.

After the Hero exits the game, the remaining Strangers, including the one who defeated the Hero if applicable, play a "Speed Round" among themselves. The host asks a question to each one in turn, with 10 seconds on the clock instead of 20. Each correct answer adds $2,000 to a jackpot, while a wrong answer drops the Stranger with no winnings (although if the Hero had been defeated, the Stranger who defeated the Hero still keeps their winnings). The last one left standing wins the entire jackpot. As with a winning Hero, the winner has the option of walking out of the studio or dropping through the trap door. A Speed Round is always played and filmed when at least two Strangers remain; should there not be enough time to air the Speed Round, it may either be posted on the show's website after the episode airs, or aired on a subsequent episode.

Game rules have varied among, and even within, episodes in the first season. One episode began with a game in which the Hero started with two passes, and Strangers whose elimination earned between $1,000 and $20,000, with five Strangers needed to win money; in the second game, the Hero began with three passes, eliminated one contestant for $1 and another for $50,000, and was given the option of quitting after eliminating just three Strangers (with no offer of an additional pass to continue). The value for each correct answer in the Speed Round has varied as well ($1,000 instead of $2,000).

International versions

Country Title Network Host Date aired Prize

(original version)
??"?? ?? "?????"??
Lauf al Hamiliyon
Channel 10 Yaron Brovinsky December 20, 2010 - present "?1,000,000
Quem Fica em Pé? Band José Luiz Datena April 9, 2012 R$100,000
Yizhan Daodi
JSBC Li Hao & Guo Xiaomin March 2, 2012 - present Home appliance and
Top Prize: Free trip to South Africa
(Paris, London, Maldives or Switzerland in earlier episodes)
Ab durch die Mitte Sat.1 Daniel Boschmann July 2, 2012 - July 20, 2012 "? 50,000
Maradj talpon! m1 Gundel Takács Gábor October 3, 2011 - present 25,000,000 Ft.
Zaam San Zi Wong
(production announced in November 2012)
¿Quién sigue en pie? Canal de las Estrellas Jacqueline Bracamontes September 2, 2013 (Begins) MX$2,000,000
¡Ahora caigo! Antena 3 Arturo Valls July 6, 2011 - TBA (finished) "?200,000 (weekly)
August 22, 2011 - present "?100,000 (daily)
Eyvah Dü?üyorum Star TV Eser Yenenler January 6, 2012 - March 13, 2013 500,000TL
Who's Still Standing? NBC Ben Bailey December 19, 2011-January 30, 2012 US$1,000,000

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