Paddy Smyth is winner of The Circle scooping £70,000 prize, with Tim Wilson winning £30,000 Viewers’ Champion prize
Channel 4’s reality game The Circle concluded tonight in a live final with Paddy Smyth being crowned winner of The Circle, and Tim Wilson winning the Viewers’ Champion vote.
In the game where anyone can be anyone, across the series the players rate each other from their favourite to least favourite player. In the last vote of the series, finalists Georgina, Paddy, Sammie/James, Tim and Woody rated on who they thought most deserved to win The Circle. In tonight’s live studio show, host Emma Willis announced Paddy as the highest rated player in the final vote and winner of The Circle.
Responding to his win, Paddy said in the studio: “I’m in complete shock. I never even thought I’d make it past the first blocking. To come in as a late player and to come in with such insecurities about myself and to know that The Circle accepted me… It’s just insane.”
Sales account manager Paddy from Dublin entered the show in Episode 10. He went in playing as himself, but initially not disclosing to other players that he has cerebral palsy. After confiding in Georgina, he announced his condition to all players in a group chat. During the series, he made close bonds with Georgina and Sammie/James.
Viewers at home could vote for one of the five finalists to be their Viewers’ Champion via The Circle app. After voting closed in the live show, Emma announced that Tim Wilson received the most votes from viewers at home, scooping a prize of £30,000.
University academic Tim from Rugby was one of the original players on Day 1. He played The Circle as himself, sharing his apartment with his Persian cat named Bey. Tim became influencer in seven rounds of ratings. During the series he formed close friendships with Woody, Ella, Brooke, Georgina and Sammie.
Tim’s reaction to hearing from Emma that he’d have £30k heading his way was simply: “That’s very nice!”
This series ran for three and a half weeks featuring 15 players in the game, including six profiles that were catfishes. The players encountered shock blockings, emotional meetings, anonymous games and a surprise celebrity catfish in the form of Richard Madeley.
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