Viewers of ITV1’s Red or Black? saw a full time carer from Staffordshire become the show’s second consecutive millionaire.
Kevin Cartwright, a 44 year old full time carer from Staffordshire was left speechless after his win. After the show he said, “ I’m in complete shock I still can’t believe its just happened. I watched the ball land on the black and I thought that was it. I couldn’t focus I thought I was in a dream, I’m shocked.
“I nearly never turned up at Wembley for the first round because Nicola wasn’t feeling herself but she encouraged me to go. The first thing I’m going to with the money is take her on holiday to the US.
“The icing on the cake was Simon Cowell came up to us on stage and congratulated me and said that had him on the edge of my seat the way that ball was spinning.
Kevin correctly guessed the right outcome in 10 different rounds throughout the show – starting in Wembley with thousands of other hopefuls and ending by choosing red in the nail biting wheel spin.
During the show viewers saw two stuntmen duel in a daredevil game of jousting whilst world number two golfer Lee Westwood and US open winner Rory McIlroy competed to get the ultimate hole in one.
Live in the studio pop princess Pixie Lott was joined by four 3D Pixies as she performed her new single ‘All About Tonight’. The holograms, each wearing a locket which when opened would release either black or red butterflies. At the end of her performance Pixie randomly selected one of the holograms and black butterflies emerged making this the winning colour. Heather Ward, Kevin Cartwright, Mick Foster and Ian Westbury went through to the next round.
Two of boxing’s biggest names, WBA World Light Welterweight champion Amir Khan playing for black and former WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye playing for red battled it out to determine the result of one of the stunts on Red or Black. But instead of slugging it out in the ring, the two professional boxers had to punch their way thorough cardboard screens. David Haye won the challenge.
The penultimate game of the show Duel saw the remaining two contestants Ian Westbury and Kevin Cartwright choosing different colours for the very first time. Kevin played for red and Ian for black. Split into eight equal sections, four of which were randomly programmed to light up red and the remaining four are black. The contestants took it in turns to select a section in the hope it lit up their colour. When it didn’t it gave a point to the opponent. The first contestant to unveil all four of their coloured sections was Kevin who then went through to the final and the Red or Black? wheel spin.
The eight contestants who competed tonight were, Ian Westbury, a 25 year old electrician, Sharon Webb a 38 year old chef, Mick Foster a 37 year old air conditioning engineer, Mel Hewton a 39 year old road safety engineer, Martyn O’Sullivan a 19 year old Warehouse worker, Kevin Cartwright a 44 year old full time carer for partner Nicola Dawson, 38, Heather Ward a 57 year old part time receptionist and Elisa Fiori a 27 year old air hostess.
Each night, for one finalist it will all come down to the spin of the Red or Black? wheel. We have followed them as just a face in the crowd at Wembley Arena, from their nerve wracking decisions on locations, to the choices they have had to make live in the studio. As the lights dim and they walk towards the wheel, the question is asked for the final time, Red or Black?…but do they feel lucky?
Monday night’s guests are IL Divo whilst Formula 1 legends Jenson Button and David Coulthard will pulling out all the stops in what will be a tense race which will determine one of the Red or Black? outcomes. Trading their F1 sports cars for go-karts the pair will have to push a series of tyres, with their karts to score zones. Each zone is worth different points. With three tyres each, the driver with the most points at the end of the game wins…but will it be Red or Black?