By Matthew Gooding
Friday, February 8, 2013
AN ELVIS tribute artist got all shook up by the ‘Sinnerman’ when he appeared on television game show The Chase.
Mark Goddard, 47, from Royston, was a contestant on the ITV1 quiz last week. Despite earning his team a potential £6,000 in the individual round, he was chased down by one of the show’s experts, comedian Paul Sinha – known on the show as Sinnerman – and came away with nothing.
Mr Goddard, a former pupil at Roysia Middle School and The Meridian School, said: “I was quite pleased when I saw I was up against the Sinnerman because the other two experts – The Beast and the Governess – are really formidable, but I thought I’d have a chance against him.
“But unfortunately I think I got him on a bad day. It’s a bit the luck of the draw because it depends what questions you get – I’d have had half a chance if the questions were about Elvis or Chelsea FC.
“I was happy with how I did in the individual round but he just reeled me in.”
Despite being chased down, Mr Goddard enjoyed being on the programme.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “Bradley Walsh [the host] is really good with people and tries to put you at ease.
“Beforehand you have to go for an audition and I think they look for people who can answer the questions and show a bit of personality. I wore my Elvis belt and a loud shirt, and I know Bradley is a big fan of Elvis, so I think that probably helped.”
Known as Great Britain’s Best Elvis, Mr Goddard plays shows up and down the country and has appeared on television as The King in the past. He has also appeared as a contestant on the BBC1 antique programme, Bargain Hunt.
He said: “I’m the same as everyone else, I sit at home watching the programme and think ‘I could do that’. I enjoy quizzes and I am hoping to go on another one soon.”