- although not malicious, I hope. Having watched a team with a couple of of useful quizzers in it take the money on "Revenge of the Egghead" this evening, I thought I'd have a nose around and see what people are saying about the show on various online forums. Most of it is not complimentary to be honest. Still, that's neither here nor there for the purposes of this post. What I was intrigued about was a significant number of references to the ideas that - a) C.J. is apparently rejoining the Eggheads in the next series, starting in the early summer - b) a new female Egghead called Lisa Thiel will be taking the place of Daphne Fowler.
Well, we knew that Daphne retired last season. Apparently Lisa Thiel (I don't know if this is the musician Lisa Thiel, or just someone sharing the same name) took part in "Revenge . . . " and caught the producers' eye. Well, there you go. I don't know if this is gospel, or just rumour, but that's what they do say.
I don't often watch the show, so that probably means I haven't got a right to comment, and of course you must always feel free to disagree with anything I say. But if this is true, well, that will mean that we're up to 8 Eggheads, unless they are pushing one out. Which they shouldn't do - the 3 remaining originals - Judith, Chris and Kevin have been loyal to the show from the start, so they should stay. Barry and Pat won their places on the show fair and square. CJ wanted to move on, and my mate Dave was brought in to replace him, which he did well, and so he doesn't deserve to go. Yet 8 of them - it's getting to the stage where they could do a rugby union style substitution of half a team during the second half.
I do wonder about the choice of Lisa Thiel as well. Now I honestly can't comment on her ability as a quizzer, because I know nothing about it. For all I know she might be the sensation of the grand prix scene. But I don't think so. If they were looking for a 'like for like' - ie - female and excellent - replacement for Daphne, then I can think of quite a few names they could have approached. Maybe they did, and were rebuffed. I doubt it, though. Are they perhaps thinking - well, adding Barry and Pat, then replacing CJ with Dave certainly strengthened the team, so a couple of weaker members might improve the challengers' chances.
Well, as I say I don't know if this addition to the Eggheads is just a rumour, or if there's any truth behind it, but it will be interesting to find out in a few months time.