SAS: Who Dares Wins' Jason Fox says he was 'disappointed' by 'terrible' contestants at start of this series

FORMER Royal marine Jason Fox has revealed he was "disappointed" by the line-up of contestant at the start of the 2021 series.

While they did improve over time and with instruction, he admitted that he felt they were "poor" after their first set of competition challenges.

Jason, who works alongside Ant Middleton, Melvyn Downes, Mark Billingham and Anthony Stazicker, wasn't impressed with the contestants.

He told Metro.co.uk that the recruits took time to "come into their own" after having a "terrible" start that saw him "disappointed".

"They started off a little bit poor, but then they started to come into their own," Jason explained. "They almost needed time to settle in.

"There were a couple of individuals that might have shone, but ultimately I was a bit disappointed at the beginning."


He concluded of their eventual improvement throughout the series: "They started terrible and they became a lot stronger once they bonded."

Speaking ahead of the final on Sunday night, Jason also admitted viewers will be treated to seeing the team tackle the toughest trials to date.

The interrogation-themed episode will see the remaining recruits put back "in the deep end" with the "pressure on" to be crowned the winner.

"We’ve got a good handful going into the last episode," Jason added when asked if any of the recruits would make it through the real SAS training.

"We try and put [recruits] under the same sort of pressure and highlight the attributes that we look for in people in the real job.

"We put the pressure on and put them in the deep end straightaway. We expect them to pick up knowledge straightaway."

He said the attributes for success that he looked for include "robustness, the ability to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations" and "not to be freaked out by change".

Previously this week, some of this year's finalists lifted the lid on what fans can expect in the thrilling final episode of the show.

The line-up includes warehouse supervisor and part-time model Adam King, Irish dancer Connor Smyth and salon owner DJ O'Neal.

Also in the runnings are former Army cadet Justine Pellew-Harvey, dental engineer and electrician Kieran Lang, sports teacher Sean Anthony Sherwood and fitness coach Tyler Clark.

While Connor has been the front runner, Kieran, who suffers from a speech impediment, has struggled at the back of the pack from the start.

It was also revealed thatyoungest recruit Justine has already been given the military go-ahead by Ant Middleton, who thinks she will make the perfect soldier.

Justine Pellew-Harvey, now 19, is planning to join the military after reaching the final day of the course.

The SAS: Who Dares Wins final airs on Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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