My Ejector Seat experience!
So…did you see me on telly today? If you missed me on Ejector Seat, you can catch it for the next month on ITV Player (it’s episode 10).
SPOILER ALERT! Although I didn’t win any cash on the show, it was excellent fun and one of the best game shows I’ve recorded. The team looked after us and made us feel at ease, and Andi Peters hasn’t aged a day since his time in the Broom Cupboard. He spent time chatting with the contestants in the Green Room and was genuinely interested in our bizarre hobbies – absolutely charming. We didn’t get to go on set until the actual filming took place, so everything was a big surprise. The set was fabulous – all flashing Tron-style lighting, loud noises and a big important panic button on the arm of the seat. I wish we’d been allowed to take photos!
The questions were actually pretty easy – but the pressure of the chair moving means it’s very hard to think straight. I had a 4 hour train delay the night before the show, arriving at my hotel at 3am – and had seriously overdosed on coffee before filming. My buzzer reaction speed was oh so slow! If only all the questions had been about Girls Aloud and Facebook, I could have been a winner… (well, maybe not!)
A few people have asked me about the ejector seats themselves. They were really comfortable and soft, and had speakers either side of your head so you could hear Andi easily. The chair moving backwards was a rather odd experience, as you couldn’t work out how far you had to go. You don’t actually get tipped right out of the chairs, they flip backwards 90 degrees but are so padded it’s just like being in a comfy bed. You need to stay there looking at the ceiling until Andi has finished recording his piece to camera, so some people were in there for a good few minutes waving their legs in the air before being rescued. In fact, when poor Pat had her surprise ejection from the line-up, there was an audible gasp of horror from the small studio audience as she lay there for some time before being collected! And absolutely NO SKIRTS ALLOWED ladies – sorry!
Oh, and in case you’re intrigued by the banana story I told Andi – here’s the competition entry I was talking about!
If you’re tempted to apply for a TV game show after seeing me on the box, check out my top tips here. Shows currently recruiting include The Million Pound Drop (apply before 30 May 2014) and a new show called Two Tribes (apply before 22 May 2014). Good luck!