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Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:06 pm
by Ryan Lam
So, with just six Preliminaries of Series 79 yet to air as of the time of writing, we now know who are the final eight and here they are:

EDIT: Our fellow Series 77 Finalist Bradley Horrocks has given the spoiler that the #4 Seed, Robin Johnson could not make it for the filming of the Finals. Taking his place would be Bob Lunt and this means the seed table now appears as below. (You might be forced to change some of your predictions if you have forumlated one beforehand.)

Quarter-Finals #1 (13 December): Martin May (#1 Seed) vs Bob Lunt (#9 Seed)
Quarter-Finals #2 (14 December): Mike Daysley (#2 Seed) vs Adam Rolston (#8 Seed)
Quarter-Finals #3 (17 December): Andrew Jackson (#3 Seed) vs Alan Duval (#7 Seed)
Quarter-Finals #4 (18 December): Dave Ashton (#5 Seed) vs Tony Manwani (#6 Seed)

If you would like to have an analysis of how each of the eight players did in their Preliminaries feel free to head over here (Many thanks to Tom S for doing it!): http://c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php? ... c05f515998

This is perhaps the best Series we've seen since Series 77 and probably the most bunching of Octochamps in recent memory as well. The Finals were recorded unusually early in the year, on 4 and 5 September as we have to make way for CoC at the start of the next year.

I'm not going to be sharing any predictions this time round and will be writing a review of the episode each day as per the last Series, so if you have any feel free to post them here! :)

(P.S. The poll will close on the day the Grand Final airs, so if you happen to be reading this in the near future, apologies but you will not be able to cast since the result is known.)

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:13 pm
by Bradley Horrocks
SPOILER ALERT REGARDING THE LINE-UP (written below in blue tiny text)
DOESN'T GIVE AWAY ANY OUTCOMES

One of the top 8 is not present at recordings - Robin Johnson

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:35 pm
by Ryan Lam
Bradley Horrocks wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:13 pm
SPOILER ALERT REGARDING THE LINE-UP (written below in blue tiny text)
DOESN'T GIVE AWAY ANY OUTCOMES

One of the top 8 is not present at recordings - Robin Johnson
:O I must watch closely at what Nick has to say next Thursday then!! If that's confirmed I will make the necessary changes accordingly!

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:46 pm
by Tom S
Hi Ryan

Will do Andrew's profile tomorrow, apologies for the delay folks. Shame about the news in Bradley's spoiler, hope something positive comes out of it, and can second what he says.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:01 pm
by Owen Carroll
Glad to see you still posting these Ryan! Promise not to cause problems like I did during the s78 finals.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:03 pm
by Owen Carroll
And yeah I knew about that spoiler Bradley. But does make things interesting. And disappointing a little.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:29 pm
by David Williams
Ryan Lam wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:06 pm
So, with just six Preliminaries of Series 79 yet to air as of the time of writing, we now know who are the final eight
The existence of this thread before the preliminaries are over is itself a spoiler.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:22 am
by Gavin Chipper
David Williams wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:29 pm
Ryan Lam wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:06 pm
So, with just six Preliminaries of Series 79 yet to air as of the time of writing, we now know who are the final eight
The existence of this thread before the preliminaries are over is itself a spoiler.
This has been mentioned in previous series as well!

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:44 am
by Zarte Siempre
Well not really - if you're past the point at which anyone else can make it, it's just formality. Although after Annie dropping out a few series back, someone ought to check the 8 with someone who was there each time.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:35 am
by Johnny Canuck
I'm actually quite impressed regarding how quiet everyone on here managed to be about Robin's absence, with the finals presumably having been planned four months ago or so.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:02 pm
by Zarte Siempre
Johnny Canuck wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:35 am
I'm actually quite impressed regarding how quiet everyone on here managed to be about Robin's absence, with the finals presumably having been planned four months ago or so.
Yeah, I'd planned to mention it once all the places were filled too. Obviously I knew as I was there. Don't recall any reason being alluded to though.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:38 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:44 am
Well not really - if you're past the point at which anyone else can make it, it's just formality. Although after Annie dropping out a few series back, someone ought to check the 8 with someone who was there each time.
Well I suppose it's that the thread popped up as soon as we couldn't get a ninth octochamp, so those who hadn't watched the show might have then suspected.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:05 pm
by Zarte Siempre
*shrug* It's a Spoilers section, who cares? We also had Tom posting about people's chances in the finals before confirming they were in them, it's hardly a dead giveaway.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:15 pm
by Ryan Lam
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:44 am
Well not really - if you're past the point at which anyone else can make it, it's just formality. Although after Annie dropping out a few series back, someone ought to check the 8 with someone who was there each time.
I thought the odds of a finalist not being able to make it are slim but tbf I should have checked this time round since the Finals were filmed unusually early.

With all the confirmation it seems that Robin Johnson is indeed no longer in the Finals. I have tentatively replaced him with Bob Lunt who is the #9 Seed. Of course, we shall wait until next Thursday for confirmation.

And to whoever who voted for Robin Johnson to win, I'm sorry but I can't do anything about it, your vote has been pushed down to Dave Ashton. :(

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:52 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:05 pm
*shrug* It's a Spoilers section, who cares?
Because you still see that a thread exists without having to go into it or even into the spoilers section generally.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:05 pm
by David Williams
Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:44 am
Well not really - if you're past the point at which anyone else can make it, it's just formality. Although after Annie dropping out a few series back, someone ought to check the 8 with someone who was there each time.
Posting a thread entitled "Julie lost today", which appears in the Active Topics list, really is a spoiler.

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:45 pm
by Bradley Horrocks
The existence of a predictions thread itself isn't necessarily be a spoiler - Julie could've won her third scoring 100, and would lead us to wonder if she'll qualify and how she'll do.
For this thread there is a poll icon visible on the Active and Spoilers list, which suggests finalists are confirmed. That is a spoiler.

Ryan, those of us who were there can 100% confirm Bob plays :P

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:38 pm
by Tom S
Hope we will see Robin in the next series, as I warmed to him and his Countdown journey, can anyone confirm?

Re: Series 79 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:02 pm
by Owen Carroll
Tom S wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:38 pm
Hope we will see Robin in the next series, as I warmed to him and his Countdown journey, can anyone confirm?
Since they confirmed Annie returning for the s76 finals on the day of s75's first quarter final, the same people will probably announce Robin returning on Thursday. That's if he is returning.