THE Circle winners Paddy Smyth and Tim Wilson are planning to film a travel TV show together after scooping the £100,000 prize.
31-year-old Paddy – who has cerebral palsy – was crowned champion of the second season and awarded £70k after getting the highest ratings from his fellow game-players.
New pals Paddy Smyth and Tim Wilson are planning exciting new projects after winning The Circle
Meanwhile former monk Tim won £30k after securing the public’s vote on the finale night.
“I am in shock,” Paddy told The Sun Online.
“I just can’t believe as a newcomer I actually did it.
“It just shows you don’t need to be an original – or even an influencer – to win.”
Paddy won £70,000 while Tim cashed in £30,000
The were released from lockdown last night for the final
Latecomer Paddy was rated first in the social experiment game after joining the Circle of Trust with Sammie (who was secretly James) and Georgina.
It brought down the most popular player Tim, pushing him back to third place.
Explaining why he doesn’t regret crossing Tim and siding with Sammie, Paddy said: “Even though Sammie was a catfish, the reasons why James did it were genuine and honest. At the end of the day he had my back.
“If I hadn’t been part of the Circle of Trust I wouldn’t be here today. I have no regrets. If I’d done anything differently it might mean not ending up as the winner.
“It is a game at the end of the day. You are in isolation working off your own instincts – no body language or eye contact.”
Paddy was crowned The Circle championCredit: PA:Press Association
Despite some fan backlash that Tim should have won the show, Paddy insists there’s no hard feelings with this fellow players – and they’re even planning to set up a real-life group chat on the outside.
“No one expected me to win, but they were pleasantly pleased for me.
“It shows the underdog can sometimes win.”
Meanwhile Tim – who was voted an influencer throughout the show’s four-week run – wishes he hadn’t been as popular with the other players.
“I think being an influencer is a poisoned chalice,” he said.
“It’s a sure way not to win. All you’re doing is blocking people all the time.
“I was often blocking people I adored like Brooke or Ella.
Professor Tim won the viewers’ vote but came third in The CircleCredit: PA:Press Association
“But after meeting them last night, there was such warmth from the other Circle players. We all love each other. It’s a unique experience we have all shared, whether we were blocked, not blocked, influencers or not influencers, it’s something very few people will have the experience of doing.”
Tim and Paddy are getting on so well that they’re planning to pitch Channel 4 a new TV show idea.
Paddy revealed: “We’re both thinking of doing a travel show where we travel around Ireland together to all the different counties in pink suits. I’m going to bring him over to my neck of the woods.”
Tim joked: “I’m most looking forward to the pink suits.”
Latecomer Paddy couldn’t believe he had beaten his fellow players Sammie, Georgina, Woody and Tim to the winCredit: PA:Press Association
It wasn’t just friendships that were made inside The Circle. Blocked players Beth and Jack – who then turned into catfish Joyce – are now dating after enjoying a smooch in their shared apartment.
When quizzed on their relationship and whether they’ve taken things to the next level, Tim joked: “What a shocking question. A gentleman doesn’t answer that question… But actually I will ask because I’d be very interested to find out.”
Paddy – who made no secret of the fact he had a huge crush on Jack – said: “Who couldn’t say they’re not good looking, but I’m obviously jealous because I did like Jack.”
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And another blossoming romance on the cards could be between Zoe Ball’s son Woody and his best friend in The Circle Ella.
Tim said: “Weren’t they gorgeous. They were both so genuine, I adore them both.”
Paddy added: “We have only just met them but it’s clear they have a proper connection so we’ll see.”