Shaun Wallace: The Chase star talks ‘grudges’ backstage as Beat The Chasers returns01/04/2021
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Beat The Chasers is back on ITV and ahead of the first episodes that aired last night, the team made up of Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty, Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha, Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan and Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, discussed series one’s major success and the trials and tribulations that came with it. The latter also admitted the first series was “unknown territory” but all five of the brainiacs are back like never before, however if there are any grudges to be held after the curtain falls, Shaun won’t be carrying any bad blood on his back.
If anyone wants to hold a grudge, that’s a matter for them
In an interview with ITV ahead of the series two debut, when asked about whether the inevitable frustrations on set continue backstage, he responded: “Not from my perspective.
“If anyone wants to hold a grudge, that’s a matter for them.”
“It is a game show after all.
“And with tensions running high, the stakes are higher than ever.
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“I’ve noticed in series two we’re working together more as a team and as best as we possibly can in the time frame we’ve got,” Shaun continued.
“Obviously, Paul’s a very good all-rounder and Mark’s very quick on the buzzer. And they’re playing very, very well. I think we’re all playing very well as a team.
“I think we’re better this time around working as a unit.”
Teasing what’s to come, he also divulged his highlight of the series that left him feeling “heartbroken”.
“There’s a young guy who missed out on a big sum of money – I really did want him to win,” he admitted.
“All he needed was one correct answer and he got a few wrong in a row. It was heart-breaking to see.”
Whether or not Shaun was referring to last night’s contestant Rahim who lost out on a whopping £100,000, we will never know… but viewers shared the heartbreak nevertheless.
The brainy student stole host Bradley Walsh’s heart before he decided to take on all five of the chasers at once for the jackpot prize, only to be caught out at the last minute.
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Commended for bravery, the youngster who revealed he had 13 GCSE’s, told Bradley: “I’m not losing anything and I got to meet you.”
Clearly touched, Brad replied: “More importantly, I got to meet you.”
“I’m only here once so I think I’m going to take the five,” Rahim announced, as the audience cheered him on and the host gave him a pep-talk.
And while he dreamt of heading to the Seychelles with his jackpot prize, it seems the nerves started to get to him.
Rahim rapidly began to stumble over some of his answers and taking too long, even passing four questions at the end.
Soon enough, the chasers did what they do best and poor Rahim went home with nothing.
Bradley called him a “brilliant player” and assured him that one day he would return as one of the quiz champions, while viewers aired their views on social media, with some calling for a GoFundMe to be set up in the teenager’s name.
Beat The Chasers returns at 9pm tonight on ITV.
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