Never has the catchphrase “Lock it in Eddie,” seemed more apt.
On Thursday’s episode of Hot Seat, the final contestant ‘Kerrie’ was playing for a big pile of cash: $50,000.
Her question (amusingly a Nine related question) needed her to determine the earliest host of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos from Jo-Beth Taylor, Kim Kilbey, Catriona Rowntree and Toni Pearen.
She had 45 seconds to answer.
After trying to choose between the four options she eventually answered Kim Kilbey -when host Eddie McGuire told her she didn’t lock in an answer in time.
While McGuire awkwardly checked with producers as to how to resolve the situation, Kerrie kept insisting she had 2 seconds left.
McGuire wasn’t sure whether to defer to the next contestant, or award her the $1000 consolation prize. Finally he was told she could indeed take the grand simply for sitting in the chair as the final contestant.
As it turned out, the answer was Jo-Beth Taylor who hosted from 1993 – 1997 (followed by Rowntree, Kilbey and Pearen).
But Kerrie’s insistence that she still had two seconds remaining (with glances to her monitor) raises some questions about the accuracy of the electronics.
Is what the contestant sees synced perfectly with producers or did the contestant make an error?