Beat The Chasers welcomes five celebrity contestants tonight in the first-ever Celebrity Special (Saturday March 27) as well as Chaser Darragh Ennis.
40-year-old Darragh, nicknamed The Menace, makes his first appearance on the spin-off show.
And he admitted that he had to change his tactics before making his debut.
What did Darragh Ennis say about Beat The Chasers?
Darragh is now an integral part of The Chase, making her first appearance on the show alongside Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, Shaun Wallace and Jenny Ryan.
He takes the place of Paul Sinha, who was sick at the beginning of the shooting.
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The fabulous five include Joe Pasquale, Katherine Ryan, Radzi Chinyanganya, Shaun Williamson and Christine Ohuruogu.
But for Darragh, Beat The Chasers and The Chase are two different beasts and he had to change his tactics accordingly.
The need for speed
He said to ED !: “It took me a few minutes to take my step as this was the first time I was on a team with the others.
“I had to accelerate.
“With The Chase, my final chase tactics are slow and careful, but that doesn’t work with Beat the Chasers.
This show is ALL about speed and we’re really against it with some of the time offers we’re giving.
“This show is ALL about speed and we’re really against it with some of the time offers we’re giving.
“But we have so many strengths that once we’ve made our move, we’re very hard to beat.”
A “compliment” celebrities wanted to take part
However, Darragh was thrilled to be part of the show, which became a huge hit for ITV.
The second series was shown on seven consecutive nights over the New Year period in early January 2021.
“It was great to see the celebrities go to the set to pick us up,” he said.
“I haven’t done any celebrity specials yet, so this was my first time doing a celebrity show and it was wonderful to see how many people who excel in different fields cast their luck against us try well deserved reasons. “
As for the celebrities themselves – everyone was used to performing in front of tens of thousands of people – Darragh was intrigued by how they would react.
“That some of them find it less threatening than us in theaters or stadiums in front of thousands of people was very unexpected. I think that’s kind of a compliment,” he said.
How did the celebs fared on today’s show?
There is no way we can tell how good the celebrities were.
But Darragh teased the show by saying, “I thought [The Chasers] done quite well.
“There were some very close matches against the celebrities.
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“We tried to involve them with difficult decisions about what time and money was offered and that resulted in some final wins and losses. Huge offers of money were on the table.
“Have celebs walked away with big cash prizes? I’m afraid you’ll have to wait and see. “
Beat The Chasers is on ITV at 8:35 p.m. tonight (Saturday March 27th)
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