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Countdown Experiences

Post by David Williams » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:18 am

Although they could be a bit same-y I used to enjoy reading these on Mike Brown's website, and it would be interesting to hear what it's like these days. I know I was a little disappointed with my day at the 30th birthday championship. No bar, which I knew about, but also no photos - in fact I never even got to speak to Nick or Rachel. Maybe it was because it was the first day in Salford, maybe they thought it was unnecessary as we'd all been before, maybe I was just miserable because I was eviscerated by Chris Davies. But it would be good to hear what it's like now they are back to normal.

Incidentally, isn't the new letters/numbers format so much better than the old one.

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Post by Graeme Cole » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:19 pm

David Williams wrote:Although they could be a bit same-y I used to enjoy reading these on Mike Brown's website, and it would be interesting to hear what it's like these days. I know I was a little disappointed with my day at the 30th birthday championship. No bar, which I knew about, but also no photos - in fact I never even got to speak to Nick or Rachel. Maybe it was because it was the first day in Salford, maybe they thought it was unnecessary as we'd all been before, maybe I was just miserable because I was eviscerated by Chris Davies. But it would be good to hear what it's like now they are back to normal.
I'd definitely like to see some more entries on the Experiences page. I vaguely remember coming across Mike Brown's website years before I applied for the show - it must have been about ten years ago. The Experiences page was a good and interesting read. Then when I was preparing to apply I happened across the page again. The contestants' own descriptions of their experiences were very useful to me - it spelled out what to expect at every stage, from application to audition to recording. However, the most recent article on there is Kirk's from 2009, and a few things have changed even since I was on in 2011, so there isn't really any equivalent for prospective contestants nowadays searching the web to find out more about the process.

I'm sure Mike mentioned after CoHud last year that there were more experiences waiting to be published, unless I've misremembered that. Let's all lobby Mike to put them online. :-)
David Williams wrote:Incidentally, isn't the new letters/numbers format so much better than the old one.
Yes.

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Post by Dan McColm » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:14 pm

You're not imagining it Graeme, Mike definitely said there were some unpublished experiences.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:12 pm

I too would really like some more of these. I remember finding them quite inspiring when I was a newbie, and it's quite nice to know what to expect when you get to the studio and stuff. Get on it, recent contestants!

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:16 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:Get on it, recent contestants!
Can't be arsed.
Possibly the first contestant to accelerate with a mic clipped...

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Post by Ben Wilson » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:36 pm

I've actually done an update to my experiences following the 30th birthday championships and have been intending to email it to Mike for a while now, but seeing as my experience is the only one to have been split up into 5 parts, I need to be reassured that I haven't waffled on enough already.

(Yes, I deliberately typed this post in the most waffly way possible.)

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Post by Jack Worsley » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:51 pm

If Mike's prepared to publish some more, I'll more than happily do one myself. I enjoyed reading them a while back too and would love to read some more.

Ben, I've read all five parts of your experience and I'd still like to read some more, so it's certainly not too waffly. :P

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Post by David Williams » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:01 am

Charlie Reams wrote:I too would really like some more of these.
Jack Worsley wrote:I'll more than happily do one myself.
I hope Mike Brown wouldn't mind too much if a new 'Countdown - Experiences' section appeared on the C4C site. There seems to be the makings of it.

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:36 pm

I did actually intend to do one of these over the summer... but forgot. :oops:

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Post by Dave Preece » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:39 am

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:Get on it, recent contestants!
Can't be arsed.
LOL!

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Post by Jack Worsley » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:57 pm

I've contacted Mike and he's happy to add some more when he gets some free time, most likely next month. Who's up for writing one then?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:37 am

Jack Worsley wrote:I've contacted Mike and he's happy to add some more when he gets some free time, most likely next month. Who's up for writing one then?
I'm quite happy to write one but I've never been on Countdown.

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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:43 am

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Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:48 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jack Worsley wrote:I've contacted Mike and he's happy to add some more when he gets some free time, most likely next month. Who's up for writing one then?
I'm quite happy to write one but I've never been on Countdown.
There's an easy way to fix that...

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Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:52 pm

In all seriousness though, it'd be good to see experience reports from people who appeared on the show after first coming to co-events or appearing on apterous. As stated above there haven't been any experiences from contestants more recent than 2009, and it'd be really interesting to compare the different ways people have arrived on the scebne (for want of a better of putting it) since that time.

Also, it'd be good to finally read Mike's own experience, which is something like 11 years overdue at this point.

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Post by Jack Worsley » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:38 pm

Ben Wilson wrote: Also, it'd be good to finally read Mike's own experience, which is something like 11 years overdue at this point.
+1

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Re: Countdown Experiences

Post by David Williams » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:21 am

Bump.

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:15 pm

Fascinating!
I just spent some time reading through the "experiences" page.
Kirk's was great.

It's been 8 years since an update...
Perhaps if the appetite is there, it might make sense to just start a thread here (or use this one), for people to share stories?
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Post by Euan Slatter » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:45 pm

I won a school 3 round numbers game once. BEAST. MODE. ACTIVATED.
COUNTDOWN or THE TUBE? Which is better? There's only one way to find out....

Call it a draw :)

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Re: Countdown Experiences

Post by Elliott Mellor » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:32 pm

Just gonna bump this thread, as I'd also love to see some more added here. I've read through them and they're very fascinating. Does Mike still linger anymore?

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