FINGERS are firmly crossed for a Huddersfield accountant today in his bid for Countdown victory.
All eyes will be on 30-year-old Chris Marshall on the Channel 4 show this afternoon as he attempts to secure a place in the quarter finals.
Chris, of Brighouse, has fought-off fellow contestants to win the last seven games in a row.
If he wins the eighth round today he will progress to the later stages of the competition for the chance to be crowned Countdown champion 2012 in December.
Chris, who works at Wheawill and Sudworth accountants on Westgate in Huddersfield town centre, said: “I was hoping for one win at least but this is great and it has seemed to spiral from there.
“All my friends and family are really proud.
“It was something that I fancied doing. I watched it when I was younger and it was just something I wanted to do.
“Numbers are definitely my strong point. I also used to enjoy playing games with letters when I was younger, making words out of car registration plates on long journeys.
“It is very nerve-wracking in the studio. You just have to try to keep your cool.”
Chris recorded the show in May at Countdown’s TV studio in Manchester.
The games he appeared in were filmed before a live studio audience and crammed into just two days of filming.
But he is sworn to secrecy about whether he will make it into the quarter finals.
“I’m not allowed to reveal how well I did,” he said.
“They were all tricky and some of the games have been so close right up until the end.
“On Tuesday, I won by just three points. The final round felt like the longest 30 seconds of my life.
“You just have to blank out the music, but it is quite pressurising.
“After winning the first few, my confidence grew and everyone started being a bit scared of me. But it’s all very friendly.”
Chris, who is single, studied at Crossley Heath School in Halifax.
He said the highlight of the experience was meeting everyone involved in the show including new host Nick Hewer – Lord Alan Sugar’s sidekick on The Apprentice – and Rachel Riley.
“Everyone was really friendly,” he said. “Meeting everyone in the studio was definitely the high point.”
The show will be broadcast at 3.10pm on Channel 4 today.