All hail Rick, Ireland’s Mastermind

July 24, 2012 in Mastermind, Quiz Show

Rick O’Shea, winner of ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ on TV3.

Prior to last Sunday night, 2fm DJ Rick O’Shea was already the answer to one table quiz question*.   Now, he is the answer to a second: “Who won the first series of Celebrity Mastermind on TV3?”

Rick emerged victorious from the all-male final, defeating Gavin Duffy, Anton Savage, Alan Shortt and Abie Philbin Bowman, in most cases, by quite a comfortable margin.  His 32 points was eight ahead of second-placed Philbin Bowman.  Ordinarily, I’d post some questions from the show below the fold but, yesterday, beat me to the punch** and did just that.

I enjoyed the article, as I did the final show, but in both cases I do have a little niggle which continues to bother me. The questions were pretty easy, especially in the general knowledge round.  That’s just my opinion of course but I have more experience than most in this area 🙂 and I think I have a sense of the standard of question the Mastermind brand represents.  With that in mind, Gavan Reilly’s assertion in thejournal that had Rick “scored 32 in the final of the 2009 British series, he’d have won…” brought a smile to my face.

Rick is undoubtedly a very clever man (here’s hoping we can convince him to get involved with our IQO acivities), and he could only answer the questions he was asked, but I’d be fairly confident that the finalists in the 2009 series of UK Mastermind would have done quite well with questions such as “What is the capital of Spain?” and “What everyday item, used as a portable rain shelter, was also the title of a 2007 worldwide hit for pop singer Rihanna?”***

As well as the honour of being the first Celebrity Mastermind champion, Rick O’Shea won a crystal trophy (see picture) based on the Salmon of Knowledge and €7,500 for his selected charity, Brainwave Ireland. If you’d like to see how you would have gotten on with the questions he was asked, try them out yourself by clicking here.

You can view the full show via TV3’s 3player.


* “Which Irish DJ was born Paul Crossan in 1973”? or some such.

** I’m afraid I actually had to do a day’s work yesterday. 😉

*** For the record, I got 20 of them.  I need to read up on French wines…

1 response to All hail Rick, Ireland’s Mastermind

  1. Was delighted he won – he clearly is a supporter of the charity, since he has actually asked the questions at their tables quizzes. Brainwave run really good quizzes in Dublin – would definitely recommend them if you’re on the look-out for a decent quiz.
    At one of their quizzes, with Rick asking the questions, our team ended up in a tie-break and they asked for one member of each team to go up to answer one question. Yours truly was sent up and the question was, an admittedly easy, who is the socialist president of Venezuela? I jumped in first but my mind went blank and all I could blurt out was Evo Morales. The lads have never forgiven or forgotten.

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