I was on Mastermind and there's a seriously awkward dinner before filming – NOBODY spoke to me

Mastermind is known for testing the in-depth knowledge of those brave enough to take on the famous chair.

One ex-contestant has detailed exactly what went down when she competed on the BBC gameshow.

Sirin Kale wrote about her experience on Mastermind for the Guardian, stating that: "In all honesty, I have no idea why I decided to go on Mastermind."

The application process was relatively streamlines, with an online form turning into a phone call the next day.

This was swiftly followed by a Zoom interview and quiz with a TV researcher.

Not long after, Sirin received an email which revealed she'd been shortlisted for the show.

According to a producer, her score during the casting trial was "very impressive".

Mastermind fans might be shocked to find out that picking the specialist subject isn't as straightforward as it seems.

Whilst many hopeful contestants know exactly which specialist subject they'd choose – Sirin's was the Kardashians -you're not always allowed to pick it.

Sirin explained: "I'm not allowed to", adding: "Nor am I allowed my second choice (Spice Girls), or my third, the novels of Jane Austen  – as both subjects have featured too recently."

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She settled on the TV show ER, before narrowing it down further to George Clooney's character in the show, Dr Doug Ross.

Sirin headed all the way to Belfast, Northern Ireland for filming, bringing a huge selection of outfits as per the producers' requests to bring a "fancy top".

She stayed in a hotel along with endless other Mastermind contestants, who according to her: "makes for a surreal dinner, each of us sitting alone, all of us side-eyeing each other, assessing who has the most bountiful general knowledge of them all."

On the day of filming, she was taken to sign paperwork, before getting her makeup done.

Due to Covid, there wasn't a studio audience when Sirin filmed her episode, which she calls "a blessing, because it gives the whole game an oddly low-stakes feel".

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