Bradley Walsh gobsmacked as player says he was in 80s band with a top 10 single

Bradley Walsh was gobsmacked when one of his players on The Chase revealed he was once a part of a famous pop group from the 80's.

On Wednesday's episode (21 July), four new players entered the ITV studio to try their luck against genius Chaser Jenny Ryan – also known as The Vixen – in order to bag a big cash prize.

Up first was 58-year-old Ron – who surprised presenter Bradley when he started talking about his interest in music.

The warehouseman from Northumberland revealed he played guitar for a band in his spare time – and performed in clubs across the North East during the 1980s.

When the cheeky host probed to see if Ron had been a part of any bigger bands, the quizzer revealed he had been a part of a well-known pop group.

Ron explained he left because they had a "stupid name" which left a shocked Bradley Walsh to exclaim: "You did not?"

Prefab Sprout regularly made the charts during the 1980's – and their hit song, "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" peaked at number 7 in the UK singles charts.

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Bradley Walsh couldn't help but laugh when Ron revealed he left Prefab Sprout because of the name to join a band called the "Sensible Pencils".

He quipped: "Touch of sliding doors everyone."

It wasn't long before fans of the show took to social media to chat about the guitarist, with many discussing the contestant's musical history on Twitter.

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One surprised user commented: "Wow. He left because of the name!".

Another was happy to be reminded of Prefab Sprout, who said: Loved Prefab Sprout. Cars And Girls, The King Of Rock N Roll. The wonderfully named Paddy Mcaloon. #TheChase".

After a nervy performance in the cash-builder, Ron regained his confidence in the head to head to defeat Jenny Ryan and bring £2000 home for the Final Chase.

He was joined by Alex, a law student from Surrey, and Barbara, a retired market trader from Essex, to compete for a grand total of £12000 in the Final Chase.

The team built up an impressive 23 steps in the final round – and The Chaser could not catch them meaning they took home £4000 each.

The Chase airs on weekdays at 5pm on ITV and ITVHub.

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