A BROAD general knowledge saved Chester builder and salsa DJ Don Stephens from the ‘walk of shame’ on The Weakest Link this week.
After enjoying some banter with the notoriously fearsome quizmaster Anne Robinson, Don reached the finals of the popular BBC quiz show which aired on Tuesday.
During filming Don was referred to as ‘the glamorous builder’ by Anne. “She has a repution for being fierce, but she’s a pussy cat really,” said Don. “She is also really tiny, which was a complete surprise.”
Anne also ribbed Birmingham-born Don about his Brummie accent and he was forced to defend the town of Mold when she questioned him about the monthly salsa parties he holds at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. “Salsa dancing in Mold? It doesn’t get more glamorous than that!” quipped Anne who has established a reputation for disliking all things Welsh.
Don, aged 41 and a father of four, auditioned for the show simply because he thought it would be an interesting experience. “It was never about the money,” he said. “I just thought it would be good to see how it’s all put together. I was really pleased with how far I got. I was the strongest link in two rounds and I was only nominated twice by the other contestants, so I feel I did OK.
“I only really felt nervous for the first few seconds and then I got into my stride and just really enjoyed it.”
After the show Don and the eventual winner, a short story writer from Devon who took away the prize pot of £1,350, got to chat to Anne. “She told me I’d done really well as the questions were quite hard, so that was good,” he said.
“I was hoping she’d ask me for a dance. That would have been brilliant!”
Asked to reflect on his experience after the show, Don said: “I’m glad I got to the final so I didn’t have to do the walk of shame. My worst nightmare would have been going out in the first round and having all the lads on the building site ripping into me constantly.”