The Chase saw a brand new Chaser come into the fold in November as Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis made his debut on the show.
Darragh is the first new Chaser to have joined the ITV show in five years, following Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan – and she thinks he’s settling in to the gang fantastically.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Jenny revealed: ‘Oh he’s great, I mean it’s a tough ask for anybody to join this particular crew and with The Chase still going up and up in the ratings, it’s a huge deal to be joining.
‘But I would not want to be in his shoes, to be honest, right now. It’s a big ask of anybody but he hit the ground running.’
Jenny says Darragh hasn’t been fazed by joining one of the most popular quiz shows of the moment, adding: ‘He’s taken it all in his stride as a very relaxed Irishman. He doesn’t give anything away, if he’s at all anxious about anything.’
His fellow Chasers have been helping him settle into his new-found fame, with Jenny helping him navigate the overwhelming interest in him on social media.
She added: ‘We’re doing our best to welcome him and to give him all our top tips for dealing with things.
‘He’s got all the quiz side under control for the actual performance on the show, but we’re trying to help him with things around that, so I’ve been advising him about how to deal with social media.
‘So it’s all that stuff that I didn’t have the benefit of, that rush of public support, as when I started it was a different time – the show was still big, but not as big as it is now.’
Darragh first appeared on the show back in 2017 as a contestant, and his quizzing prowess impressed bosses so much they scouted him to be one of the Chasers instead.
However, it takes more than being great at quizzing to get one of the most coveted jobs on television – the process can take months, or in Darragh’s case years, before someone is hired.
Jenny explained: ‘The thing that was perpetually told to me during the months that they were interviewing me was that there wasn’t a vacancy.
‘I had a six-month interview process and there were a couple of other candidates for the job who had also been seen. Someone was ringing us every week to test us on our general knowledge, we had a new meeting with a new set of execs every single month, screentests, all that sort of stuff.
‘There was a lot of hoops to jump through, but I was always being told that there isn’t a vacancy. We don’t have to give the job to anybody.
‘So it’s only if you’re absolutely the right person for the job, so that was even more pressure. It was not even: “Will I miss out on the job of a lifetime?”, it would have been that I’m just not good enough, so they’re not going to give it to anybody.
‘It was really stressful process and honestly, I think it’s easier to get a job at MI6 than it is to become a Chaser.’
It took almost four years for Darragh to finally appear on screens as a Chaser, with Jenny adding: ‘The bosses were very interested in him from the first time he appeared on The Chase as a contestant so they were kind of developing from then, so it’s been years in the making.
‘He’s had to sit there and twiddle his thumbs and think: “Am I getting the job? Am I not?” It was hard enough for me, I had three months after the audition period ended to wait until they actually rang me, and it was such a relief.
‘The last time it was that stressed was waiting for my A level results! I got the same tic in my eye, it just kept going with the stress of it.
‘And then that went when I when I finally got the job, and then a new stress appears. “What are people gonna think of me? Am I gonna mess this up?”’
Some advice Jenny has given Darragh – and which she swears by herself – is to avoid looking for comments about yourself on social media.
She explained: ‘It’s now part of the territory with social media, if you go on a quiz show unfortunately you have to steel yourself for personal comments to be made about you.
‘My tip is don’t look. Just enjoy your experience and don’t look at social media. I get other people to look at it if I’m feeling a bit sensitive.’
Jenny Ryan and Lucy Porter’s Fingers on Buzzers podcast is available now.
Credit: Original article published here.