Deal or No Deal (Singapore)
|Deal or No Deal (Singapore)|
|Created by||MediaCorp TV Channel 5
MediaCorp TV HD5
|Presented by||Adrian Pang|
|Narrated by||Adrian Pang|
|Country of origin||Singapore|
|Original language(s)||Singapore English|
|No. of episodes||37|
|Location(s)||Caldecott Broadcast Centre|
|Running time||1 hour including commercials|
|Production company(s)||MediaCorp TV Channel 5
MediaCorp TV HD5
|Distributor||MediaCorp Channel 5
|Original channel||MediaCorp TV Channel 5
MediaCorp TV HD5
|First shown in||13 May 2007|
|Original run||13 May 2007 – 31 January 2008|
Deal or No Deal is a game show which was aired in Singapore on MediaCorp Channel 5 and MediaCorp HD5 for two seasons. The show premiered on 13 May 2007 with a million dollar deal show series from Sunday to Wednesday, after which the show aired every Wednesday at 8:30 pm. The show is hosted by Singaporean actor Adrian Pang.
The show's official website has an online game, to let viewers become familiar with the format of the game.
The second season of the show premiered on 21 November 2007, and increased to two episodes aired per week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30pm.
Before the game, a third party (known as an auditor in the show) randomly places the possible winnings in the briefcases, which are then distributed to 26 identically-dressed models who reveal its contents during the game. The amounts range from S$1 to S$250,000. The twenty-six models are mainly professional models, including a former Miss Malaysia Universe, Andrea Fonseka.
After picking one of the briefcases, the contestant then selects 6 of the remaining 25 cases, revealed one at a time. Each figure appears in only one case, so any values revealed in this way are not in the contestant's case. This is followed by a phone call by The Banker, a silhouette figure lit only dimly from inside a box overlooking the stage, who makes an offer via telephone to Adrian to buy the contestant's case. The offer is primarily based on the mean of the cash amounts still in play, the stage of the game (early offers tend to be far lower than the mean), as well as the player's psychology. Adrian then asks the title question: "Deal or No Deal?"
If the contestant accepts the "Deal" (by pushing a stylized red button enclosed in a glass case), the game ends, and the value of the case that he or she chose at the beginning of the game is then revealed along with the whereabouts of the remaining prizes. Should the contestant refuse the offer (by stating "No deal" and/or closing the glass case), they must choose five of the remaining cases to eliminate from consideration. The Banker makes another offer, and play continues as before. The Banker's offer may be higher or lower than the previous offer, (if a top prize is eliminated in the round, generally the offer decreases; conversely, if only lower amounts are eliminated in the round, the offer increases significantly).
Subsequent rounds have the contestant withdrawing four, three, then two cases from play. Should the contestant continue to decline the Banker's offer after this point, they then eliminate one case each time (with an intervening offer from the Banker) until two cases are left. If the player rejects the final offer, the player wins whatever is their chosen case.
Each contestant has several supporters (usually three, though it has been increased to four for season 2), who sit in a special section just off stage during their game. As the field of briefcases dwindles, one or more of the supporters are asked to consult with the contestant and help him/her make a decision, such as which briefcase to open next or to accept a Banker's offer or not.
Homeviewer’s SMS Game
During the show, six briefcases are displayed. Viewers are invited to guess which case contains a cash prize of $1,000 by text messaging their answer e.g. Case 3, at a cost of S$0.21 per message. A lucky draw is held at the end of the game from the pool of viewers who chose the correct briefcase. The winners win S$1,000 and other prizes from the sponsors of the show. On the 26 December and 27 December 2007 episodes, the home winners won S$2,000 on each of the two episodes. On the 30 January and 31 January 2008 episodes, the home winners won S$2,888 on each of the two episodes.
Records and Statistics
Correct as of the episode dated January 31, 2008.
- Highest potential bank offer: $175,000
- Highest bank offer: $101,000
- Highest first bank offer: $4,900 on normal episodes; $8,500 on the Chinese New Year edition
- Lowest bank offer: $5 (even though the last two cases containing $15 and $25 weren't opened yet)
- Lowest first bank offer: $800
- Highest bank offer accepted: $101,000
- Most money won (No Deal): $7,500
- Most money won (Deal): $101,000
- Least money won (Deal): $4,900
- Least money won (No Deal): $10
- Total winnings: $182,375 (Season 1), $465,575 (Season 2, excluding the extra $29,900 given to Fiona's charity)
- Average winnings: $13,758.33 (as of Season 1)
- Average value of contestant's case: $6342.496 (as of Season 1)
- Best deal by the angle sector: 162,000° (Deal: $45,000,Case: $100)
- Best deal by the percentages: 45,000% (Deal: $45,000,Case: $100)
- Best deal by dollars: $51,000 (Deal: $101,000, Case: $50,000)
- Best final case by dollars: $250,000 (picked 3 times)
- Worst deal by the angle sector: 57.6° (Deal: $40,000, Case: $250,000)
- Worst deal by the percentages: 16% (Deal: $40,000, Case: $250,000)
- Worst deal by dollars: -$210,000 (Deal: $40,000, Case: $250,000)
- Worst final case by dollars: $10
- Greatest amount of money won after opening the top prize case in the first round: $11,500 (Deal)
Season 2 of the Singapore version premiered on 21 November 2007. The first 2 episodes were celebrity specials, featuring David Gan, international hairstylist and Fiona Xie, MediaCorp TV actress, respectively. They played for a chosen charity organisation.
In the first episode, David Gan closed the final deal and won S$101,000 for his charity organisation, making this the biggest win by any contestant of the Singapore edition, ever. His case contained $50,000.
In the second episode, Fiona Xie rejected all the nine banker's offers and won S$250 in her case. She then announced that she would make a personal donation of S$5,000 to the charity organisation, while her three friends that she brought with her donated an additional S$150 (S$50 each). In addition, the producers of the show decided to increase the winning amount to S$25,000, and as a result, a total of S$30,150 was raised for charity during the episode.
There were also two special Christmas episodes where the highest case value was doubled to S$500,000 while the S$15,000 was temporarily removed for the 26 December and 27 December 2007 episodes. The contestants of the two Christmas episodes won only S$20 and S$150 respectively.
On the 16 January 2008 and 17 January 2008 episodes of Deal or No Deal, there were 26 hunks representing the briefcases, instead of the regular 26 babes.
For the last two episodes on 30 January 2008 and 31 January 2008, being a week before the Lunar New Year, the highest case value was upped to S$688,888 and the second highest case was S$500,000 while the S$15,000 and the S$150,000 was temporarily removed for the two episodes. Ironically, the contestants of each episode rejected all the nine Banker's offers and won only S$10 and S$20 respectively after eliminating the top prize early in the game.
No contestant won the top prize of S$250,000 in the Singapore version. However, three contestants chose the briefcase containing the $250,000, but ended up selling their case to the Banker before learning that their case contained the $250,000. All three instances of the top prize case being selected by the contestant occurred in the second season.
- On the November 29, 2007 episode, the contestant chose Case #13. She accepted Banker's offer of $40,000, before learning that Case #13 contained $250,000. Had she rejected the offer, the Banker could have offered her a potential offer of $135,000. She became the first contestant in the Singapore version to choose the briefcase that contained the top prize.
- On January 3, 2008, the contestant chose Case #3. He accepted a Banker's offer of $66,000 to end the game. Had he not accepted the offer, the Banker's final offer would have been $128,000. His case ultimately contained the $250,000 (the other case that remained contained $250). He was the only male contestant in the Singapore version to select the top prize case.
- On January 16, 2008, the contestant chose Case #7. She accepted a Banker's offer of $88,000 to end the game with the $1, $75,000 and $250,000 amounts remaining. After accepting the offer, she eliminated the case containing $1, and the next potential bank offer would have been $175,000, the highest ever bank offer in the Singapore version. Her case ultimately contained the $250,000.