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Former Chase Contestant Reveals Behind The Scenes Secrets Of Show

Rebecca Shepherd

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Former Chase Contestant Reveals Behind The Scenes Secrets Of Show

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/swissevans86

A former contestant on The Chase has explained how things work on the show, adding that people should be careful with what they say because the context can be changed during the editing process:


The guy, called Wil (or @swissevans86 on TikTok), revealed how he was caught out by the editing when he was speaking to the show's host Bradley Walsh.

He explained how Bradley asked whether he believed he could beat the Chaser to which he responded: "Oh yes," then adding: "Not a chance."

But when it came to editing, the staff working on the show shortened his answer to just 'oh yes'.

Talking about the process from start to finish, Wil said: "You apply via a questionnaire initially on the website, then somebody contacts you from the production team.

"And they give you a sort of like telephone interview. And they actually give you a bit of a quiz at the end of it. And I presume it's to try and, you know, weed out people who are absolute geniuses or people who are really, really weird... slipped through the net.

"If you're successful with that, they ask you to an audition where you turn up to like a hotel or something somewhere in your local area. And essentially, they put you in a room with six or seven other people and they film you and they ask you questions similar to things that are on the show.

"And if you're successful with that, basically, they say you're on a call sheet now and sometime in the next six months to a year you're going to get a call and an invite to come down to the studio.

Wil watching his episode back. Credit: Instagram/swissevans86
Wil watching his episode back. Credit: Instagram/swissevans86

"If you live locally, they will ask you to come down in the morning. But if you live further away, what they'll do is they'll put you up in a hotel the night before on the morning they come and collect you via a car.

"Usually you're not too far away from the studio, if you're staying I think we stayed in like you know, a Travelodge. It wasn't anything that fancy."

He went on to say: "They ask you to bring multiple types of outfit, I presume it so they can make it sure that you don't clash with the other people that you're going to be on the show with.

"Somebody comes in from the wardrobe department and essentially goes through your outfits and says 'this one', that's the one you're wearing.

"So while they're your clothes, they get picked for you. After that you watch like a little infomercial thing they've done on the show and basically says 'this is how we want you to react', 'this is how we want you to play the game'."

Giving away another nugget of information, Wil adds: "A lot of people don't know this but when you're filming a regular episode of The Chase it's not in front of a live studio audience it's literally just you, the chaser, Bradley and you know the production staff."

Credit: Instagram/swissevans86
Credit: Instagram/swissevans86

He continued to explain how Bradley comes out and speaks to them before they film their introductions.

"Bradley does his introductions," Will explained, adding: "And then basically you start filming through the show now it's very stop started but it's really efficient."

Describing it as a 'well oiled machine', he went on: "They know how to basically get you in the right places and whizzed through it really quickly."

When Wil was caught by the chaser, he ended up sitting behind a curtain and waiting for the others. On his episode, the contestants remaining weren't successful and then they all went backstage.

He said: "The Chaser comes out - was the Dark Destroyer with me - and he basically said 'well, unlucky, you know, you had a couple of bad questions,' they shake your hand they're obviously not like the onscreen personalities."

Passing on his warning about editing, Wil said: "Leading up to my chase Bradley asked me 'do you think you're going to beat the chaser, Wil?' and I went, 'Oh, yes... not a chance'. It was a bit of fake confidence into obviously self deprecation.

"But they cut that last part out. It was just me going 'oh, yes.' Which makes you look a bit of a t***."

LADbible has contacted ITV for a comment.

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, the chase

Rebecca Shepherd
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