Yes, it’s easy to mock, point and giggle with mirth – we all know it’s easier shouting the answers from our armchairs. That said, one of the contestants on this morning’s Popmaster was truly awful. The signs were there early on, when this exchange took place:
Ken: Ok, bonus rounds. You can have ‘Debut Hits’ or ‘the Hollies’.
Contestant: Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmm. I’ll go for ‘the Hollies’.
Ken: ‘The Hollies’ it is then.
Contestant: I hope it’s not about the music group the Hollies – I don’t know much about them.
Ken: (completely stumped but trying to be polite) Well, I, erm, it might not be…
It’s a music quiz with a round on the Hollies. What was she expecting? Questions on Christmas-related paraphernalia, or the tree family Aquifoliaceae? She eventually limped to six points (which is two right answers), demonstrating virtually no knowledge on what was a pretty easy and broad set of questions.
So, I ask: do any terrible quizzers or quiz answers come to mind? My personal favourite is the guy who, when asked to name a famous bridge, went for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters.