Entertainment Don't clap and don't say 'condiment' for 'consonant' - strict rules for Countdown contestants revealed

19:04  13 february  2018
19:04  13 february  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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Countdown guide is given to contestants taking part and audience members. Twitter user shared the rules saying she 'loved them' and knew others would too. From pretending to clap , not saying 'can I get' when talking to Rachel, not to say too many pleases and saying consonant correctly.

The manual tells contestants to say the word ‘clearly’ on camera, revealing that in the past it has been pronounced ‘continent’ and ‘ condiment ’, sparking complaints from pedantic viewers. Annie posted the tweet earlier this month which read: ‘ Rules for going on Countdown . These are 100% genuine.’

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A former contestant has taken to Twitter to share a confidential set of rules for people appearing on the show, and some of them are quite specific.

Annie says the rules are "100% genuine" and they kick off with the instruction, "Don't say 'can I get'.  When requesting letters or numbers from Rachel [Riley], please avoid using the expression 'can I get', as this generates a large volume of complaints from viewers."

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Countdown contestants are told how to say ' consonant ' correctly: Leaked game show manual calls for 'clear' The manual tells contestants to say the word 'clearly' on camera, revealing that in the past it has been pronounced 'continent' and ' condiment ', sparking complaints from pedantic viewers.

Countdown rules have been ‘leaked’ on Twitter. But behind-the-scenes, there is a strict code of dos and don ’ts that contestants must adhere to. “Please try to say “ consonant ” as clearly as possible.”

What soon becomes very clear is that a lot of the rules are to avoid irking viewers, who appear to complain about Countdown a LOT.

Contestants are also warned to avoid saying 'please' too often or not at all.

“Once for the first letter and once for the last letter is probably best as we get complaints for no ‘pleases’ and complaints for too many" state the rules.

People are also instructed to 'pretend' to clap rather than actually clap.  They're also not allowed to rest their chin in their hands or say hello to relatives on air.

It's a wonder any of them can concentrate on the game with all these instructions to remember!

While some people assumed Annie was taking a pop at Countdown over sharing the rules, she says it's the opposite:

"By the way, I’m in no way dissing Countdown - I love the programme, and I love these rules. There are obviously a LOT of pedantic people watching" she wrote on Twitter.

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Countdown rules have been ‘leaked’ on Twitter. But behind-the-scenes, there is a strict code of dos and don ’ts that contestants must adhere to. “Please try to say “ consonant ” as clearly as possible.”

The manual tells contestants to say the word ‘clearly’ on camera, revealing that in the past it has been pronounced ‘continent’ and ‘ condiment ’, sparking complaints from pedantic viewers. Annie posted the tweet earlier this month which read: ‘ Rules for going on Countdown .

Here's her thread in full:

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