29-year old Melissa Mills originally from London but living and working in Galway for the past three years will appear on Channel 4’s Countdown game-show on May 20th.
The Skeffington Arms Hotel receptionist admits to being a nerd and before travelling to Manchester to film the show, actually read the dictionary!
“In preparation for the show I began reading the dictionary, writing down words I didn’t know and then putting them into sentences. Growing up I loved reading and watching Countdown while my friends were outside playing. I guess it has paid off,” quips Melissa.
In her audition to get on the show Melissa says she did pretty well.
“I completed five word games and got either seven or eight-word answers out of a possible nine, while I successfully completed one numbers round but got one wrong. However, I did enough to impress the producer and I secured my place on the famous show.”
Asked how it felt to realise a childhood dream Melissa says it is all a bit surreal. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I guess when it’s aired it might feel real then. I’m so excited to see the show and watch it with friends and family. It was brilliant to get to meet Suzy Dent, Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley. They were very friendly.”
Come in and support Melissa in The Skeff Late Bar at 3.10pm on May 20th to watch her Countdown episode on Channel 4.