Downings man loses out on game show

By Dionne Meehan

DOWNINGS man Eric Roberts has unfortunately been eliminated from ‘Squid Game-The Challenge’ losing out on a whopping $4.56 million.

The show, which is based off Netflix’s most-watched series ‘Squid Game’, was recorded in London earlier this year.


With thousands of viewers tuning in to see how Eric progressed in the show, the influencer took to TikTok at the weekend to break the news.

“If you haven’t seen by now my untimely demise has happened on ‘Squid Game- The Challenge’ and it definitely isn’t how I wanted to be eliminated.

“Now, I didn’t have it easy in there, I came second in ‘Red Light, Green Light’, I got the umbrella, I passed that, I got through ‘Battle Ships’ and I won my game of marbles.

“My plan the whole time was to just keep my head down and to just keep getting through those games,” he said.

However, when it came down to a game of selection to save 20 contestants, the female players in the show decided to save each other with only male contestants being eliminated.

Speaking about his elimination, Eric said he was eliminated when the “feminist party” came out of the woodwork.

“Now I love women empowerment, my mum is a woman,” he joked.


“But when it comes to $4.56 million, to be eliminated because I was a man, that really hurt.

“I wanted to go out on my own terms and I felt like I was robbed because I played such a good game up until that point.

“But that is part of the game as well, it is not just about getting through the rounds you have to get through the eliminations and people played a better game than I did I suppose,” he said.

With all nine female contestants safe, another 11 made it through to make up the 20.

With Irish contestant Mikey among those safe, Eric said he thought no Irish man would be left behind.

“To be honest, when Mikey was selected I thought I was safe, but, I also understand why he didn’t do it.

“He had his own group of friends in there, he saved one of those so there are no hard feelings there,” he said.

Proud of how far he came, Eric said if he had to do it all over again he wouldn’t play the game any differently.

“I stayed true to myself, I didn’t make an eejit of myself and I wasn’t playing up to the camera.

“Yes that meant I wasn’t getting much camera time but that was my strategy. I thought I played a good game and it is just a shame of how I got put out. It was an amazing experience,” he said.

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