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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Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Don ' t clap and don ' t say ' condiment ' for Contestants are also warned to avoid saying 'please' too often or not at all. Rules for going on Countdown . These are 100% genuine. 1) don ’ t say “can I get” pic.twitter.com/gVkgJNdAZK.

COUNTDOWN rules have been 'leaked' on Twitter and reveal a surprising amount of things viewers are not allowed to But behind-the-scenes, there is a strict code of dos and don 'ts that contestants must adhere to. Another surprising request is that contestants don ' t say "please" too much.

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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 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.”

Behind-the-scenes there is a strict code that contestants must adhere to. Twitter user Annie shared a number of excerpts with the caption: “ Rules for going on Countdown . Please try to say ‘ consonant ’ as clearly as possible. Countdown rules .

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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2) say “please”, but don ’ t say it too often.pic.twitter.com/llPlaUP8nA. 2 replies 25 retweets 116 likes. 4) pronounce “ consonant ” correctlypic.twitter.com/ejHjOIDmLe. 8 replies 27 retweets 116 likes. By the way, I’m in no way dissing Countdown - I love the programme, and I love these rules .

They were told don ’ t even make a facial movement. And I’m talking about, you have the lowest Hispanic unemployment in the history of our country. In fact there was one guy when I said the lowest African-American unemployment, he was sort of clapping , like …

Here's her thread in full:

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