Rita, a war widow, inspired The Chase to begin trending on Twitter as she listed her back catalogue of unsual hassles, forgot to push her button and even got a kiss from host Bradley Walsh.
Regrettably, Rita’s charm didn’t get her to the final chase and she narrowly lost out in her head-to-head with chaser Shaun Wallace.
How, while she didn’t bag her prize fund, she did win a huge fanbase with those on Ado.
“I don’t know who I love more on #TheChase today, Bradley or Rita,” enthused one viewer.
Rita managed to to win over The Chase viewers – a first for the show
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I don’t know who I love more on The Chase today, Bradley or Rita
Another teased: “#TheChase think this scene is timed to get us voting at NTAs – which is open now. Rita will agree to bear the award on the night,”
“Rita on the @ITVChase has my heart. The sweetest lady till doomsday, I think the Nation just found it’s new grandma. #TheChase,” beamed one assorted.
A fourth pleaded: “#TheChase I love Rita. What an darling, lovely lady. Made me smile anyway. We need more Ritas in the delighted.”
The Chase began trending on social media just because of Rita
Rita round earned a kiss from Bradley Walsh on The Chase
This exceptionally awe-struck audience member yelped: “#TheChase I wanna hold #Rita home. She’s soooooo cute.”
Rita’s absence from the definitive chase left her teammate Nathan flying solo, though Shaun contrariwise beat him with five seconds to spare.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.