Paddy McGuinness forced to call on Question of Sport crowd as team fail to identify answer

Question of Sport: Bruce Springsteen question stuns Paddy

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Ugo Monye and Sam Quek were back for another episode of sporting quizzing on Friday evening as A Question of Sport host Paddy McGuinness introduced the pair to their teams for the evening. Joining Ugo’s team for the episode was former footballer Clinton Morrison and wheelchair tennis champion Andy Lapthorne while Sam teamed up with rugby player Chris Robshaw and cricketer Carlos Brathwaite. However, there was one question that caught BBC presenter Paddy by surprise – so much so he had to call on the live studio audience to weigh in.

Paddy kicked off the round where the moment happened, saying: “This next game is a bit of a family affair and Sam, your team is going first.”

Paddy then proceeded to show Sam and Ugo’s teams a number of different snaps of famous faces. 

Of course, the point of the game was to identify their famous sporting relative and answer a question pertaining to that person.

After both teams managed to rack up the points in the round, Ugo’s team were stumped when famous rock singer Bruce Springsteen appeared on-screen.

“Finally, Ugo’s team, have a look who this is. Recognise the face,” Paddy said.

But as silence descended on the studio, it soon became clear Ugo, Clinton and Andy didn’t have a clue.

“Does he do the Antiques Road Show?” Ugo joked as Paddy sarcastically harped back: “Yeah, it’s Fiona Bruce.”

Laughter rippled through the studio audience but it soon turned to disbelief on Paddy’s face.

“Can you believe it?” a dumbfounded Paddy said to the crowd before he decided to get them all in on the act.

“Someone help me out, tell them who it is,” the Top Gear frontman said as the audience yelled: “Bruce Springsteen!”

Paddy then proceeded to ask the question related to the singer: “That is The Boss, but I wanted to know is what sport did his daughter win a silver medal for the USA at the Tokyo Olympics?”

Clinton, Andy and Ugo incorrectly answered “rock climbing” before Paddy informed them it was in fact equestrian.

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Heading into the last round of the game, the teams were almost neck and neck.

After one final round of quick-fire questions, it was revealed Sam’s team had won the game with a score of 19 to Ugo’s 18.

Reacting to Friday’s show at home, viewers remain divided over the programme’s new format following the exits of Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tuffnell.

However, there was some support as Nick Robinson said on Twitter: “Great show tonight, great win Sam!”

Steve Olley agreed: “I love Question of Sport now, especially because @SamanthaQuek is on it. I absolutely love her.”

While Ross Quinn praised Andy’s knowledge: “Give @lapstar11 the captaincy… Amazing performance. #questionofsport #qos.”

There were still calls for the old format to be reintroduced, however, as @tlash_ simply put: “Bring back the old format!!! #questionofsport.”

“What have they done to question of sport?!” Steve Rose questioned while Michael Dixon weighed in: “The knowledge of the captains is poor and this new format is awful. Sorry to be negative but everyone seems to agree on this #QuestionofSport.” (sic)

A Question of Sport airs Fridays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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