Dublin scientist Darragh Ennis will make his on-screen debut on The Chase today as the brand new quizzer.
The Dubliner, 40, who first made waves on the hit programme as a contestant in 2017, will enter the popular ITV show as new persona Darragh “The Menace” Ennis.
Lifting the lid on his new gig ahead of his first appearance, he said: “It’s definitely a lot more comforting being a contestant as you’re on a team.
“Not much is expected of you. So if you lose to one of the best quizzers in the country, it’s not a big deal.
“But everybody kind of expects you to win when you’re the Chaser. It’s a lot more pressure on that side but it doesn’t bother me, I don’t get nervous.”
The brain scientist turned Chaser, currently based in Oxford, joins the team of elite quizzing pros which includes Jenny “The Vixen” Ryan, Shaun “The Dark Destroyer” Wallace, Mark “The Beast” Labbett, Anne “The Governess” Hegerty and Paul “The Sinnerman” Sinha.
And while he admitted there is a bit of “mild” competition between them, he said they have been a massive support to him since he became part of the award-winning show.
He said: “If you have a bad show they are incredibly sympathetic and they help you. It’s a really nice environment that we all work in.
“We all try to help each other out. So I think they should be really happy with that. Mark will be writing down the numbers and the facts and figures.
“We’re mildly competitive but we are more of an encouraging team that works together, rather than trying to impress each other.
“Personally, I want to reach certain goals. I want to be good at this. I do a lot of studying and I do work at it.
“Impressing myself is the main thing, I think.”
Meanwhile, Darragh is loving the “banter” and atmosphere created by host Bradley Walsh.
He said: “He was very kind, very friendly.
“He said, ‘Relax, don’t worry about anything. We’ll have a bit of back and forth. You give me a hard time, I’ll give you a hard time but it’s all just fun. Just go out and do your thing’.
“I grew up in a household like that and I have a group of friends at home who are exactly like that. We give each other a terrible time, so it’s great.”
Hoping to get his new run off to a good start, Darragh admitted it was important to get a win on his first day.
He said: “Yeah, I think it was. It’s a thing that humans do, if something doesn’t work the first time people get a bias against you.
“They keep that in their mind always, no matter what the evidence is afterwards. So it was good to get a first win.”
- The Chase airs today at 2pm on Virgin Media One.
Source: Dublin News