The Chase’s Paul Sinha, aka The Sinnerman, has responded after fans complained about a ‘brutal’ Dirty Dancing question on Monday’s episode.
Beat The Chasers is a spin-off series of The Chase, sticking with Bradley Walsh as host, where, instead of competing against just one of the Chasers, contestants face head-to-head challenges with them all: Paul, Mark Labbett – The Beast, Jenny Ryan – The Vixen, Shaun Wallace – The Dark Destroyer, Darragh Ennis – The Menace, and Issa Schultz – The Supernerd, replacing Anne Hegerty this season.
In an intense first episode of the new series, Paul and his fellow chasers were competing against contestant Steven, who managed to beat the chasers in a quiz-off, but fans were baffled when one of Paul’s answers was declared incorrect.
Bradley asked: ‘What Patrick Swayze film became a West End musical?’ to which Paul buzzed in and answered: ‘Dirty Dancing.’
However, he was quickly informed it was actually Ghost, before Bradley moved on to the next question, leaving the Chasers looking puzzled.
After watching the episode, viewers took to social media to point out that Dirty Dancing had also been adapted to a West End musical.
One person wrote: ‘How come Dirty Dancing wasn’t right?!’ while another penned: ‘Dirty Dancing is definitely a musical though?’ and a third shared: ‘Bit of a naughty question….Dirty Dancing was also a West End show.’
While fans had rushed to defend Paul, The Sinnerman later clarified on Twitter: ‘That was episode 1. When we’re chasing the game, mistakes are made. But that Dirty Dancing/Ghost call was brutal.’
He added: ‘Just to clarify, the swayze q hadn’t finished,’ and commented on a fan’s response: ‘There was going to be a year in the second part of the question.’
Australian chaser Issa had stepped in for Anne, aka The Governess, this series, after she contracted Covid at the time of filming.
Anne had previously revealed in March during filming that she would not be appearing on this season after not testing negative until the run of shows was almost complete.
She tweeted at the time: ‘Unfortunately I’ve contracted Covid-19 so won’t be filming this series of #BeatTheChasers.
‘The fantastic @Issa25 will be stepping in for me and I’m looking forward to watching the series when it’s on air later this year. I feel fine, but I’m still positive! (in all respects)’.
Beat The Chasers continues tonight on ITV at 9pm.